Mississippi stepping stones
It was overcast and windy when we got up on Tuesday morning, so our fishing plans were changed to road trip plans. Tom, Chloe and I drove to Bemidji to pick up Seth and Maddie (who unfortunately had to drop their car off for an A/C repair), and after a quick stop at the new Tim Horton's for donut holes and coffee, we were on our way to Itasca State Park and the headwaters of the Mississippi. To entertain ourselves in the car, we played the alphabet/sign game and sang along with some great oldies. We arrived by late morning, and headed for the Visitor's Center. The kids decided to take a 3-mile hike, which turned into a 4.2-mile bug attack...oops. They were hot, tired, itchy and crabby by the time they finished.
Tom and I biked the 17-mile loop around the park. It was picturesque and fun, but very hilly and quite a workout. We were also hot and tired, but not itchy or crabby, by the time we finished.
We enjoyed subs for lunch at the Headwaters cafe, and then took the short walk down to the headwaters, where some of us braved the slippery stepping stones as we crossed the not-so-mighty-yet Mississippi.
On our way home from Itasca, we swung by Forestedge Winery for our annual tasting and stock-up. Back at the resort we had supper (Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Sweet Potatoes) before playing some card games with the kids. They taught us how to play Sushi-Go (a new one) and refreshed our memory on Dutch Blitz (an old favorite).
All in all, it was another great day!