Here's some folks crossing the Mississippi about a quarter mile from the source. Amazing to think it goes from this little stream to a mile wide at Cairo.
But I stray from Bemidji. Bemidji, also known as the home of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, is about 50 miles northeast of the Fargo, ND. However, since Minot ND is 91 degrees and flooded and Bismark ND is flooding and Fargo warns of a heat wave, I don't plan to color in North Dakota this trip. Think I will stay right here in Paul Bunyan country.
(had to use Daisy for scale here.....she's the white spec by the ax)
The biking trails are fabulous here, all paved and fairly flat. Minnesota is not much on elevation, with the highest point about 2800 feet and the lowest 1400. That makes for some Texas flatlander type biking.
And guess who I spotted in Nisswa, cute little town on the 112 mile Paul Bunyan bike trail. I knew no one would believe me, so I took a picture with him. I wondered about him being here but then I realized we are pretty close to Canada. Even got Canadian TV tonight.
I think Justin may have been here counting lakes. The Minnesota license plates say 10,000 lakes, but in actuality, there's more like 15,000. There's over a hundred in Itasca State Park. I don't know how they count the little lakes the RV parks dig to make themselves more scenic, but since the count is so loose anyway, I suppose it doesn't matter. What does matter is that Minnesota is not running out of water. All you folks in Arizona and California and Nevada might consider moving up here. Plenty of water to drink here and you probably won't need to water your lawn either.
Course, it is a little nippy here in the winter. I met a gentleman at a fruit stand in St Cloud who said he moved from Houston, Texas. First winter he was here it snowed 36 feet on Halloween and the snow didn't melt until May. Coldest winter he remembers was 54 below. Don't put your tongue on anything metal in that weather, for sure. I saw photos back in Nisswa of golf tournaments on the lakes in the winter. Guess you don't get your balls back after you putt them in the hole.
The natives are enjoying swimming now that it is officially summer. I put one toe in Sunday night and changed my mind. I asked the girls in the pool where they were from: two from Minnesota and two from Canada. I understand folks from around here will swim in anything except Lake Superior. Superior is too nippy even for natives. But in little lakes like this one, you'll find the locals playing with wild abandon.