Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Scenic State Park!

I'm back from the big woods! We had a ton of fun hiking and paying homage to some pretty big trees (and even bigger lakes -- three of the seven MN lakes that are so large you cannot see across them!) this past weekend! I'm just gonna throw the pictures up here, (with a few descriptions) -- enjoy!

Father Hennepin State Park, located on the eastern shore of Lake Mille Lacs:
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A visit to the bear sanctuary, in Orr, MN (Dan used to intern here!)
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(baby bears in trees!)
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(I took many more photos of bears, but they are all pretty dark and blurry -- dusk is a tough time to take pictures!)

Hike near Sandwick Lake in Scenic State Park (where we camped)
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Hike out to Chase Point (an esker located in Sandwick lake)
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A view of Chase Point from our campground:
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A cooperative bee:
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The Lost 40:
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By the side of the highway:
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(A nice change from all that corn!)

Red Lake Reservation
The following three pictures were taken in succession, simply by turning my body 180 degrees:
Lower Red Lake:
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"The Narrows" (narrow strip of water that runs between the two lakes)
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Upper Red Lake:
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Dinnertime beach picnic on the Lower Red Lake:
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(Sorry, but the view beat out the food!)

The first campfire I've ever successfully started all by myself!
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Hike out to the old fire tower at Scenic State Park:
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And, one last wave at Mille Lacs on our way home:
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Did you know that there are seven Minnesota lakes that are so large you cannot see across them? I have visited three this past weekend, (Lake Mille Lacs, Upper Red Lake, Lower Red Lake,) and plan to visit another next weekend! Where will we go next?? Make a guess:
Leech Lake
Lake Superior
Lake Winnibigoshish
Lake of the Woods

I'll offer up a fabulous prize for the first correct guess . . . !!!

6 comments:

kindkitchen said...

Glad you had a great time! I especially like the bear pics :)

I'll guess Leech Lake, although Winnibigoshish does have "big" in the name!

bazu said...

I'll offer a guess: Lake Winnibigoshish- because darn it, it's just so fun to say!

I love your photos- I went camping last weekend too and it was so fun. Why don't we camp more frequently??

VeganCowGirl said...

Ohhhh Lake of the Woods is by far my favourite Lake - it touches Canada and I have had many a chance to check it out while on my way from Toronto to BC.....you will love it.

Your photos are so breath taking Catherine....I am seriously jealous of your trip - I would pass on Italy any day to have a little bit of that great holiday!

Glad to have you back, look forward to some yummy posts.

Nikki Douglas said...

Super stunning photos - wow - tons of nature. So lovely. I must say that I don't care what the other lakes are like in your area because I would go to this lake based on its name alone! Lake Winnibigoshish!

Great campfire too!

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Those are some gorgeous picture Catherine. I especially like the bear, sunflower, turtle and spider ones. You managed to get yourself some nice pics out there. I bet it was a very relaxing and fun weekend!

Thanks for sharing the pictures with us!

Anna said...

Beautiful photos, Catherine!