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Minnesota August “Must Do”

August 30, 2013 Posted by Deb

We did our August duty. We went to the State Fair, rented a cabin on a lake up north, kayak’d, canoed, skied, watched the Perseid shower, did the Mississippi headwaters, and tubed the Apple River.

The trip north came first and we headed for Iowa to break out a few of the toys for a family reunion at a cabin on Long Lake near Park City. We went a week early and it took all of that because the old ski boat had not only been used as a shelf for 3 years but was buried behind years of debris. There were battery, tire, registration, plate, and trailer issues but most importantly, we splashed the boat in Lake Red Rock just to see if it would still run. All 190 horses fired up pretty quickly, actually, and we took a nostalgia lap of the reservoir (our first date was there about 40 years ago).

We greased up the axles, hooked up a 1996 E150 van and headed north to pick up my brother Bill at the airport from Alaska and rendezvous with sister Barb and Michael from Missouri. We discovered/remembered later that this summer marked the 40th birthday of that old Sea Ray. We threw in the ski gear in the foolish hope that late 50- and 60+-year-old people could still pull that off.

Caravan North

Caravan North

Boat House

Boat House

Main House

Main House

The rental cabin was old but nice and had a newer bunk house that had 3 floors and room for more than a dozen. The neighbor was happy there were only five of us since he just survived about twenty 20 somethings. Brother Bill took over the boat house.

Not a Covered Bridge for Cars but for Party Folks

Not a Covered Bridge for Cars but for Party Folks

Nice to See Clean Water Again -- Fish Hook River

Nice to See Clean Water Again

Fish Hook River

Fish Hook River

Over the Wake

Over the Wake

Which Way's The Boat?

Which Way’s The Boat?

Sea Ray Pulled Through

Sea Ray Pulled Through In Fine Shape

Mississippi Headwater Bike Trip

It was nice to return to old stomping grounds. We did a 20-mile loop of Itasca State Park and did the obligatory headwaters shots.

Wilderness Trail Itasca State Park

Wilderness Trail Itasca State Park

Jumping Over the Mississippi

Jumping Over the Mississippi

Road Trip to Walker, Shingobee Bay, and Our Old Cabin

We picked a gorgeous, wind-free day and drove 30 miles to Walker for the highlight nostalgia tour of Leech Lake, Shingobee Bay, and the cabin we had in the family for 50 years. We believe that this summer marks the 50th year since our family bought it and we often regret selling it. We stopped at the Kaldor’s dock but they weren’t home. We did run into our old long term neighbors, the Davis’, and chatted briefly with them. Cruising by the cabin either by car or boat is tough on all of us so we didn’t stay long.

Our Old Dock on Shingobee from the Kaldor’s

Our Old Dock on Shingobee from the Kaldor’s

The Apple River, Wisconsin

Now a tame, environmentally sound trip but in the old days the river flowed with mooning teenagers and beer cans not to mention beer byproducts. We celebrated the Commiteymoon with our friends who visited us in Trinidad (Bill and Karen) along with Bill and Nancy Kostur from our former employed life.

KarenAppleRiver

KosturAppleRiver

DebAppleRiverMcteer

Wrapping up August

HorsesStateFair

MNStateFair

All the Toys Had to Go Back to Iowa in 100-Degree A/C

All the Toys Had to Go Back to Iowa in 100-Degree A/C

Our Old Dinghy from Sanity Went On To a New Owner … Sad

Our Old Dinghy from Sanity Went On To a New Owner … Sad