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Jul 12, 2013 - Lake Itasca, Mn.

The 10,000 lakes in Minnesota cover over 5600 square miles. That's an average of 1 square mile of water for every 15 of land. Northern Minnesota seems to have a lake around every corner. We drove through Park Rapids and several small towns on the way to Itasca State Park. I love finding the farmer markets and small town activities. We stopped at one market and bought some Strawberry Rhubarb preserves that was made the day before. So that lead to us stopping a thrift store to find a toaster. Lake Itasca is known as the beginning point for...

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Jul 2, 2012 - Mississippi Headwater Adventures

Today we walked across the Mississippi River and delicately walked across the rocks of the headwaters. It was very exciting for us. Then we took a 2 hour naturalist led boat ride around Lake Itasca. That was very interesting, but hot and humid. We did, however, see a few bald eagles, several loons, 2 blue herons and lots of ducks while we were on our boat trip today. The boat captain kept telling us that the weather was “a changin” and boy did it. We sat in the motor home after eating some supper and the wind began to blow, rain started...

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Jul 1, 2012 - Pipestone to Lake Itasca

It felt sooooo gooooood to take a really long shower last night. It felt so good, that we repeated the experience this morning.Once we pulled ourselves out of the shower, we drove over to Pipestone National Monument. It was a fascinating place. We only took a 3/4 mile hike/walk/stroll around monument but it was really hot and humid. YUCK. We met an old Indian on the trail who had a working quarry. Unfortunately, he explained to us, his quarry was filled with about 6 feet of water. They do not use any power tools, all mined by hand, so he...

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Sep 2, 2011 - Walking Across the Mississippi River

This morning was crisp and bright, so we packed another picnic lunch and headed south about 20 miles to Lake Itasca State Park, where the headwaters of the Mississippi River are located. The drive through the countryside was wonderful with a blue sky filled with gorgeous puffy clouds. -- Our first stop was at one of the visitor centers where we learned a few facts about Itasca Park and the Mississippi River. The River begins as a small stream exiting Lake Itasca. A drop of water traveling the 2,552 mile journey from Minnesota to the Gulf...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Aug 3, 2011 - Lake Itasca, MN

Wednesday morning we set off to Lake Itasca, a town so small that it does show on a map but not on our GPS. So with directions in hand, we headed east and then further north. On the way, we passed a very quaint lake town called Park Rapids and thought we’d stop for some lunch. So Jay turned the RV into a side street that had long enough parking for our RV and car and we walked a few blocks into town. Well, apparently this is quite a tourist area as there were cars everywhere and even tour buses. The shops consisted of one street several...

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Jul 27, 2011 - Journey's End

From Pine Creek Motor Coach/RV Park – Walker, MN At 1440 (2:40 PM) CST on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 our Great River Road trip officially concluded at the Headwaters of the Mississippi River. It is from an elevation of 1,475 feet above the ocean the waters from Lake Itasca begin their winding and ever changing 2,350 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. In the last three months, twenty-seven days we have driven a total of 10,596.9 miles of which 2,320.5 we had our home hitched to the truck and following behind. Our travel has included fifteen...

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Home Sweet RV - 2011

Sep 20, 2007 - Headwaters of the Mississippi

It was a dark and stormy night, the lightning flashed and thunder crashed across the small lake. A cold wind drove the slanting rain hard against the thin plastic sides of the tiny trailer as the first weak gray of dawn began to show through the dripping birch and cedar trees, and the dogs wanted to get up and go for a walk. Well, into every life some rain must fall, and we saw about an inch in a couple of hours this morning. Our campsite is only about 60 miles from the officially recognized source of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca...

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