Little trip to Northern Minnesota

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.

Lovely sunset on Four Point Lake

Lovely sunset on Four Point Lake, near Hackensack, Minnesota

The scenery was outstanding. I loved this purple flowing plant. Painted it. Discovered later it is considered an invasive species.

Paul Bunyan and the Blue Ox

Brian and Leanne standing next to the famous statue of Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox

We drove to Bemidji to see the statue of Paul Bunyan.

Crossing the Mississippi, just below the headwaters

Crossing the Mississippi, just below the headwaters in Itasca State Park, Minnesota.

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.

At the headwaters of the Mississippi

At the headwaters of the Mississippi, at the edge of Lake Itasca.


Here we are at the actual headwaters.

Chainsaw carving tournament

Chainsaw carving tournament in Hackensack, Minnesota


We saw woodcarving with chainsaws.
Lumberjack demonstration

Lumberjack demonstration with modified souped up chainsaw.


We also saw a demonstration of lumberjack skills. In this photo, they race to cut logs with modified souped-up chain saws.

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