Saturday, August 31, 2013

On the Water: Leech Lake, Minnesota

We’ve rented a pontoon for an afternoon on and in the water.

Our lake tour starts with a glimpse of the birds that hang out on Gull Island.
We see lots of loons along the way too.
A few dark clouds hang low on the horizon, but it is a beautiful day on the water, perfect for cruising the coast or jumping off the boat for a swim.  
 
 
The afternoon comes to an end both too soon and just in time – we pull into the marina under rapidly darkening skies.  
Soon the wind comes up with the approach of a late summer thunderstorm. It is a dramatic end to a lovely lazy day.

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End of Summer at Leech Lake
 
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From Trapper’s Landing to Whipholt Beach, Minnesota

It is a beautiful morning for a walk, so we are off on a little ramble between our lodge at Trapper’s Landing and Whipholt Beach.

Once we pass the marina that serves Trapper’s Landing, the path takes us through the woods to the tiny lakeside settlement of Whipholt.  
 
 
 
 
 
While describing this as the “Whipholt Beach Business District” seems a bit optimistic, it does look like a pleasant place to spend the summer. .  especially if I could snag one of those cabins that seem to hang right above the water.
We keep walking until we reach a long, broad beach on the other side of town – a perfect escape on even the hottest of days!   
What more could one ask of a little lake town?

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End of Summer at Leech Lake

 
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Friday, August 30, 2013

Leech Lake from Our Patio, Minnesota

Friends of ours have a spot at Trapper’s Landing, a resort on the shores of Leech Lake, and we have been invited to join them for the weekend.

This is the view from our patio: 
I absolutely love it.

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End of Summer at Leech Lake

 
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fort Ransom (the fort), Ransom County, North Dakota

In 1867 a fort was constructed in southeastern North Dakota to protect the overland route between Minnesota and Montana. Named for Major General Thomas E. G. Ransom, the fort consisted of twelve buildings protected by a dry moat. It was dismantled just five years later and the materials were re-used in the construction of a fort in Jamestown to protect a river crossing used by the Northern Pacific Railroad.

Today all that marks its location on the rolling plains of Ransom County are mounded soil, a few foundations, and simple signs indicating the location where each building once stood. 
Despite the surrounding fields, it is still a pretty lonely spot.

The Fort Ransom State Historical Site is located along the Walt Hjelle Parkway about a mile north of CR 58 and about 2 miles southwest of the city of Fort Ransom.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Nearly Closed Roads, Ransom County, North Dakota

The friend we are visiting has been taking us on a tour of the area she considers home.

Among the highlights she wants to show us is a road that appears run right into the water until, at the last minute, you see the turn that takes the road around the pond rather than into it.

She thinks she remembers how to reach this spot and we see water across the road far ahead; or maybe it is mirage. We aren’t sure. Then we come to a sign perched along the side of the road announcing “ROAD CLOSED” in big black letters.

We confer. The sign isn’t actually blocking the road and section of road visible beyond looks perfectly fine. We continue on.

North Dakota had a wet spring this year, followed by a very dry summer. Clearly this road was under several feet of water only a few months ago and, even now, large numbers of wading birds have chosen this stretch of roadway as their private beach.
It is so quiet here. There are no human sounds at all, only the wind in the tree, the birds, and the frogs that plop into the water as I approach.

And, yes, we continued on. The road really isn’t closed anymore.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Gardens of Leif Ericson Park, Duluth, Minnesota





Canal Park and the Lakewalk in Duluth are familiar to all visitors to the city as they provide an opportunity to get up-close and personal with Lake Superior just steps from some of the city’s busiest hotels and restaurants.

But the Lakewalk also takes visitors out of downtown along the lake shore. High above the shore, it provides great views of the harbor and the city’s signature lift bridge as it winds past art and plantings before running into the beautiful gardens at Leif Ericson Park.     
While formally identified as a rose garden, the park includes a number of gardens – all with views back to the harbor -- making it a beautiful place to visit at any season.
When I visited in mid-July it was too early in the season for most of the roses, but the peonies were in full bloom.
Of course, if you get tired of flowers, you can always spend your time watching the ships move below the lift bridge in and out of the harbor. 
The gardens are located north of downtown at 13th Avenue E. Parking is readily available.

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