Thursday, September 1, 2016

Return to Itasca State Park

After a long absence, Noelle and I returned to Itasca State Park. This time we brought Sierra to explore Minnesota's oldest state park. We did some of the touristy stuff like visit the headwaters of the Mississippi River.
Daddy and Sierra at headwaters
We waded in the not-so-mighty Mississippi's waters
wading in Mississippi
baby Mississippi
and crossed the first bridge to span the river.
1st bridge across teh Mississippi
Sierra crossing the Mississippi
Then we walked the boardwalk trail back to the interpretive center and the car.
kissing bridge

Our next stop was the short Indian Mounds Trail. As soon as we started hiking the trail,
hiking girls
I realized that we'd been on it before. The mounds are impressive, though difficult to see.
burial mounds
We then headed over to the Bearpaw Campground to set up camp. We explored the campground a bit and found our way over to the historic icehouse
ice house
and Lake Itasca. Of course we had to wade in her waters on such a beautiful day.
wading inLake Itasca
Joe Pye weed
Joe Pye Weed booms near the lakeshore


Upon returning to camp we made dinner. For a special after-dinner treat we made s'mores over our campfire.
roasting
smore
It was a great way to spend some time together as a family in the great outdoors!
campsite

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