On our yearly anniversary get-away, we decided to go up to Northern Minnesota, near Hackensack. We’ve always chosen trips like this to find things to do. This year, we wanted something more relaxing. We rented a small cabin on a little lake. We took it easy. I did a little painting.
The scenery was outstanding. I loved this purple flowing plant. Painted it. Discovered later it is considered an invasive species.
We drove to Bemidji to see the statue of Paul Bunyan.
We drove to Istasca to see the head waters of the Mississippi. I rolled up my pants and crossed what is here, the 10 foot wide 14 inches deep Mississippi river. This is a quarter mile down river from the headwaters.
Here we are at the actual headwaters.
We saw woodcarving with chainsaws.
We also saw a demonstration of lumberjack skills. In this photo, they race to cut logs with modified souped-up chain saws.