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Itasca State Park

6/1/18 Heading out of town we got on a stretch of the Great River Road NSB, which in this area pretty much just was a country road. We angled over to Itasca State Park, as the day improved significantly, eventually becoming nicely sunny and pleasant. Heading into the park we crossed the Mississippi as a large stream/small river, and noted more stretches of the NSB. After viewing a long, well-done maybe 20 foot 3D model of the Mississippi River valley with feeding rivers at the VC, we walked down to the Headwaters of the Mississippi. Here, pretty Lake Itasca tumbles over a line of rocks and small boulders to start the great river’s run to the Gulf. We watched some kids wade and walk across the rocks and we crossed the stream on a half-log bridge. After picking up some great maple walnut fudge at the gift shop for a snack, we hit the road again ...

The byway near Bemidji ...
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... and closeup of the sign
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Not all that scenic
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Closer to Itasca ...
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... and another sign
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The river model
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Itasca to MSP
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Ken on the headwaters path
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Me and headwaters marker
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Ken and me at ...
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Mississippi Headwaters
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The Mississippi starting small
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Ken on a footbridge
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Charles A. Lindberg State Park

6/2/18 First stop was back over the river a little to Charles A. Lindbergh House and Park NHL in Charles A. Lindbergh State Park. This 1½ -story farmhouse is the only known extant residence associated with both Congressman Charles August Lindbergh, Sr. and his aviator son, Jr. We were here before hours so all we could do was photo the home from the fence line.

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Cascade River State Park

6/21/2009 North Country National Scenic Trail


Gooseberry Falls State Park

6/21/2009 North Country National Scenic Trail


Grand Portage State Park

6/21/09 Headed north to Grand Portage SP right at the border. Walked about 1/2 mile to High Falls on the Pigeon River (also the border). Beautiful views of very impressive falls and gorge (the reason for the Grand Portage).

The park sign
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Wow!
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Ken and me by the falls
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A view from downstream
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Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

6/21/09 ... then south again to Split Rock Lighthouse SP [Split Rock Light Station NHL]. Paid admission here, and walked a short way to this short-ish lighthouse on a tall, steep cliff. After checking out an exhibit area, we walked to the top of the lighthouse for a look at the lens and some good views. Unfortunately, the view from the ground of the lighthouse wasn’t great due to reconstruction equipment. To get good views from further away we walked down 171 steps on a boardwalk/stairs to the beach, where it was definitely a good view up the cliffs. Weather is starting to turn a little overcast and breezy, but nice to walk around in.

The park sign
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The light
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Great view
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The fresnel lens
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The long climb down
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Beautiful panorama from the lakeshore
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Another view from the shore
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A little closer
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