I don’t have much to blog about this week. We’ve spent the last week in Minnesota enjoying the beautiful scenery and even experiencing some comfortable temperatures :) Yes, it’s true. We haven’t had any 100 º days here. Amazing to us :) There have been some 90’s but after the heat of Nebraska and the Dakota’s, 90 wasn’t bad. Most of our time here, though, has been in the 80’s and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately, for us, it rained a good deal this week also so we spent much of our time catching up on things inside.
We stayed at Gull Lake Recreation Area, a beautiful COE park near Brainerd MN. This was an absolutely gorgeous park and I wish we had been able to stay longer. Unfortunately, this park stays reserved almost constantly during the season and the walk-in sites stay full.
The campground is adjacent to Gull Lake and has a large Day Use area with a swimming beach and picnic area. We had hoped to launch the Sea Eagle while we were here, but things just didn’t work out this time. I hope we’ll be able to come back another time and stay a little longer.
There were hiking trails throughout the area, some through the woods and others on paved paths. After our first wooded hike, we stuck to the paved areas. Less mosquitoes!
It seems that there are lakes every which way you turn in Minnesota and along with them come the mosquitoes. We saw several signs where areas had been sprayed for mosquito control. It doesn’t take away from the beauty but it makes it harder to enjoy it :)
I took a side trip on Wednesday to travel to St. Paul to attend the Memorial Service for my Aunt Donna Smith who passed away last Sunday evening at the age of 89. I was able to visit with my cousins whom I hadn’t seen in many years and although we all wished we were there for a different reason, we totally enjoyed our time together.
We are now on our way to the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior off the northern border of Wisconsin. I’ve heard it is beautiful up there. I have no doubt that it is. As many of you know, I was born and raised in Wisconsin but there are many places in the state I have never been. This is one of them and I’m looking forward to it.
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