This week we are in Nevis Minnesota. I think this is going to be a annual vacation for Laurel and I. Our grandson, Zach, will be celebrating his second birthday. His birthday is the fifth but the party will be the fourth. The kid will grow up thinking his birthday is celebrated with fireworks and others don’t get such festivities. The start of the week started with clouds, wind and rain. Total gloom! But Laurel and I tried to make the best of the situation and we took a couple of day trips in the area.
Sunday was a windy day at the cabin where Becca, Jeremy and the family stay. The cabin belongs to Jeremy’s parents. It was so windy that one of the neighbors trees had blown down. Laurel and I did a grocery run into Park Rapids and a look around town. There wasn’t much to see as the shops were all closed. Small towns close on Sundays and early if they do open. But there was time to do some loon watching and play with the grandsons.
On Monday we drove up to Itasca State Park to take another look at the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Becca, Jeremy and family joined us on the trip. The water was flowing swiftly over the rocks giving New Orleans plenty of water to float the worldly ships coming up river. We checked out some of the other attractions and vista in the park before heading back to camp.
Tuesday was a cloudy day and I said I would like to go to the town of Walker Minnesota. Walker lays on the edge of the iconic lake of Leech Lake. Becca and two of the boys went with and our first stop was at The Piggy BBQ. Smoked barbeque served from 11 am until gone. The service was slow but worth the wait. I had a Carolina Pork sandwich which had coleslaw on top. It hit the spot with full flavor. I will have to continue perfecting my smoking skills to get great tasting pork like the Piggy BBQ. After lunch we looked thru a few shops and stopped by Reed’s Sporting Goods. A sportsman’s dream store. Then we went looking for the lake front icon. As it turns out it is a lighthouse. I was expecting a giant walleye, but it was a newly constructed lighthouse in the city park. A few photos and on our way back to camp wiping the rain from the windshield. Back at camp we had fire grilled pork chops with the smoky flavor of north woods birch.
Wednesday brought back the sun, but with wind and cool temperatures. Laurel and I went to the town of Park Rapids to check out their downtown. Up one side of Main Street, in and out of shops and back down Main Street on the other side. The Candy stores….Time to load up and spoil the grandsons. We stopped by the little town of Dorset for an ice cream cone before heading back to camp. And supper…steaks on an open fire with birch smoke. Life is good in the north woods of Minnesota.
As a note on the campsite, we are staying at Campers Paradise. This camp is located on an island in Lake Belle Taine. The only way onto this island is a causeway. One lane. The sign reads, “Stop and look for cars on the causeway”. The causeway is about a half mile long. At camp our site is on the lake looking to the north. On the west is a small pond with a large white pine standing tall on the . The top of the tree is gone but a Bald Eagle has built a nest in the top. This year there is a pair of eaglets perched in the nest waiting for mom and dad to bring back a fresh catch of the day.
Here is a first look at the travels into the Land of Sky Blue Waters. I hope to past more tales of the Land of Paul Bunyan.