Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Minnesota Summer (part 2)

Alexandria, Minnesota is about 20 miles south of this RV Park. It’s the closest town for most shopping and has a good farmers market.

I enjoyed the the museum, which has exhibits showing Norse history and the discovery of the Kensington Runestone. There is a video with evidence of Viking Exploration of North America during 1362.
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Couldn’t pass up the opportunity to photograph 28’ tall Big Ole
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I looked out one morning this past week to this sight from my window
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This rig was one of many that I saw in Minnesota. I think its enough of a challenge to pull one vehicle much less two.
Here’s another variation for camping, it’s a fish house, ice cabin, or fish trailer. Covered holes in the floor provide ice fishing in comfort. The body drops down or the wheels go up, depending on how you look at it, putting the trailer on the ground. Since I’m not from this far north these were new to me. (and I’m not hanging around to experience the ice fishing part, see you in Texas the first of November.)
The Great River Road from St Cloud to Little Falls was a great day trip.
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The Mississippi sure got wider than it was at Itasca State Park.
Possibly even wider than normal with all the rain this year.
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Unfortunately, I took this trip during the time the Minnesota
government was shut down, so some sites that were closed.
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Part 3 of Minnesota Summer includes my trip on part of the
Otter Tail Trail (say that fast three times). One of the towns on this
trail has many interesting, large and whimsical steel structures. I
also experienced another Minnesota government closure.

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