Sunday, September 22, 2013 Home

I'm in Columbus

Hey there, head on over to the ExplorationVacation and see what I've been up to in Columbus, Ohio. 

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Sunday, September 15, 2013 Home

Moving Day!

This blog is moving!

Please visit the travel gal's new home at

All new posts will be part of the Exploration Vacation - come on over and check it out.

Moving is a messy business, so, while all of the content of the thetravelgal is being migrated, it will be awhile before all of the links between the posts have been migrated. Until that happens, please hop back to Exploration Vacation when you unexpectedly find yourself back here again!


Thursday, September 12, 2013 Home

End of Summer at Leech Lake in Minnesota

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Photo Thursday: Hilltop Barn in North Dakota

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Home

Photos for Sale!

I now have a website to sell my photos!  
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Thursday, September 5, 2013 Home

Photo Thursday: The Last Day of Summer at Leech Lake, Minnesota

All the signs have been pointing to the end of summer, but last Saturday was a perfect day to catch a bit of remaining summer sun at the beach.
By evening summer ended as a storm moved through, dropping the temperature by 30 degrees and whipping the lake into a frenzy of rushing waves.

This is my contribution to Travel Photo Thursday at Nancie's Budget Traveler's Sandbox. Head on over and see what she's posted this week and then follow the links to images from around the world.

More Northern Minnesota Lakes posts (coming!)

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Sunday, September 1, 2013 Home

Sunset from Our Backyard, Leech Lake, Minnesota

The clouds that have hung overhead all day break up just enough to allow for a wonderful sunset.  
 Don’t let the pictures fool you. This was no calm, quiet sunset. . . even as the sky lit up with soft pink reflections, the wind continued to howl. I was careful to maintain firm footing while shooting so I wouldn’t find myself suddenly being blown down onto the rocks along the shore below!  

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End of the Summer at Leech Lake

Up at the Lake  

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Hiking the North Country Trail, Walker, Minnesota

The North Country National Scenic Trail winds through northern Minnesota near the city of Walker.

Our friends have hiked various sections of the trail in this area previously and want to take a short, maybe half-mile, hike that passes a meadow and small wetland. It sounds lovely, so we head into the woods.
It’s quiet and beautiful and will be even more so in a few weeks when the poplar, birch and maple start to put on their fall colors. 
After a mile or more we reach the meadow.
The wetland lies just a short distance farther down the trail.  
 It was a lot more than a half-mile hike, but it was lovely.  

There is trailhead (with parking) for the North Country Trail at Lake Erin where the trail crosses state highway 371. From the parking lot, follow the trail to the right past the lake. (Watch for poison ivy as you enter the woods.) We probably walked a couple of miles to get to the meadow and wetland featured here. This section should be stunningly beautiful in spring when the flowers are blooming and again in fall when the leaves are turning.

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End of the Summer at Leech Lake

The North Country Trail

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