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Aug 20, 2013 - Last Day at Itasca

Tuesday, 8-20-13 Following where I left off yesterday we decided to go out to dinner at a lodge here within the park. We had heard about the place from a couple who had the site across from us. They were regulars to the park and died in the wool Minnesotan’s! A really a nice couple. It went from casual conversation to dinner companions. The park has more to it than most state parks. There are a bunch of businesses within the park and the lodge was only one. There a lot of cabins for rent as well as gift shops etc. The dinner was surprising!...

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Aug 19, 2013 - Michigan to Minnesota and beyond

8-14 thru 8-19-13 Wednesday: Early rise this morning and called the Shepler’s Ferry company to send a shuttle to pick us up, 4 adults and 1 dog. They didn’t give AARP or AAA discounts but I got a military discount (being an old soldier) and the dog rode for free. The trip was about 30 minutes long and passed under the Mackinac Bridge where they gave some history on the bridge. The two great lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron come together under the bridge. As it turns out, we have been at all of the great lakes during this trip. We walked...

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Aug 14, 2011 - Itasca State Park

After lunch we headed to Itasca State Park. We stopped at the Jacob Brower Visitor Center first and looked around that area. Then we headed to the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center at Lake Itasca. We took a look around the Visitor Center first and then we took the path down to the headwaters of the Mississippi. There are a few rocks that were set in the water to separate Lake Itasca from the headwaters of the Mississippi. There were lots of people swimming and wading in the headwaters. I decided I had to get my feet wet in the...

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Jul 22, 2011 - The "mighty" Mississip

We have travelled to Itasca Lake State Park in Minnesota where the Mississippi River begins. Who'da thunk? Well it does. We only had a short way to travel (2 hrs) and got here at about 10:30 AM. The lady at the admin. station said there would probably be room at the campground but we could not get in until 4 pm. Questioning why so long she told me the state of Minnesota was shut down for 20 days and today was the first day the park has been open in about 3 weeks. Yikes. Imagine if we had driven all this way (two days of travel) and not been...

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Jul 16, 2011 - Biking in Itasca State Park

Well, if it’s not the state government being closed for business, it’s the miserable weather that prevents us from getting out and exploring. Today though, we decided the weather forecast is showing it’s to clear up by noon, and the state is reaching resolution on their budget issues, so while the state is still closed, we’ll head off to Itasca State Park and ride our bikes through the park. We drove by the park earlier in the week to find out if we could gain access and were told, much to our glee, that hiking and biking was not...

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Jul 7, 2010 - Source of the Mississippi

Our next brief stop was at Itasca State Park north of Park Rapids, MN which is the source of the Mississippi River. The visitor center was very interesting, but so was seeing the actual source of the river. There was alot of controversy about where the source of the river actually was, and many explorers were sent out to find it as the borders of the territories owned by different countries were based on its location. There has always been some doubt whether this is the real source or not, but it has been designated as such for many years...

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Jul 3, 2010 - Day Trip To Itasca State Park, MN

We are back sightseeing. We drive fifty minutes south to Itasca State Park. There is an excursion tour boat on Lake Itasca. We drive the main park road from the North Entrance to Douglas Lodge. We missed this road when we were here before. We drove the Wilderness Road instead. The owners of the tour boat require sixteen passengers to sail. There is a minor cheer when a family of six show up. The boat is not crowded! The boat takes the same path Schoolcraft took. Schoolcraft was not the first to discover Lake Itasca. The Native Americans...

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May 29, 2010 - Day Trip To Itasca State Park, MN

Mission Accomplished! At least the Great River Road Mission is accomplished. We drive to Bemidji for breakfast. From here, we again pick up the river road to Itasca State Park. There is a shorter route to the park from the campground but we need to drive “The Road.” We cross the Mississippi but it is no more than a creek. We arrive at Itasca State Park and go right to the headwaters. We see Lake Itasca and the spot where the Mississippi begins its journey south. My only disappointment is that the water is too high for me to cross the river...

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May 3, 2009 - Itasca State Park

Today we drove from Minneapolis north to Itasca State Park and the Headwaters of the Mississippi. It’s a beautiful park and nice campground, even though the trees are just beginning to have little buds (still looks like winter). After setting up camp, we drove up to the headwaters, where the Mississippi River spills out of Lake Itasca, and you can walk across it if you’re willing to brave the slippery rocks and 35-degree water! Interesting to see, including the large beaver swimming upstream by the footbridge. The drive through the Park has...

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Oct 5, 2008 - Enjoying Fall in Itasca State Park

We left Bismarck, headed through Fargo and as we got into Minnesota, the scenery changed from prairies to more trees and even more lakes. We had to call our friend Donna who is from Minnesota and tell her how thrilled we were. It was peak fall season and the foliage was changing fast. As we approached Itasca State Park, we couldn’t wait. We thought Custer State Park was large at 21,000 acres, but this park, the oldest in Minnesota, is a whopping 36,000. We had no problem getting a campsite this time and a good one at that - nestled in a...

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Aug 2, 2007 - We Were THERE!!!

Still from Hamilton's Fox Lake Campground, near Bemidji in north central Minnesota. After being on the trail now for slightly over six weeks, we were finally THERE today!!!!! After having hundreds of views of the Mississippi River during the past six weeks, starting at Cairo, Illinois & heading north, we were finally THERE today!!!!! After seeing hundreds of spots where the River was up to a mile or more wide, who knows how deep, who knows how many gallons per minute were flowing by, where towboats were pushing up to fifteen barges lashed...

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We're Wingin' It

May 2, 2006 - On the road from Grand Forks into Minnesota

Spent the morning getting another day of school in in such a nice conducive environment. Made several stops on our way out of town: the home teaching school where we picked up extra grammar materials and the music store where Solomon was able to get a chin rest for his violin. Had a nice drive into and across Minnesota arriving in Park Rapids at 4pm. Pat and Frank Hensch were there to greet us. They live in a wonderful home, formerly the TimberBay Lodge which they bought a number of years ago and are in the process of remodeling. They have...

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