The River

Correction: I have mis-identified the Kettle River as the St. Croix River, sorry for any confusion.

The Kettle River is one of several scenic rivers in Minnesota.  From it’s humble beginnings to where it meets up with the St. Croix River, it offers many miles of boating, fishing and hiking.  The section of the river that runs through Banning State Park has peaceful, calm areas, as seen looking upriver from the access point.  But, as the signs warns, up ahead are challenging rapids.

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BWCAW Canoe Trip

Recently I had the opportunity to spend several days in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Although I have been there many times, this trip has to rank as having had the best weather I’ve ever experienced on a canoe trip.  Temps were in the mid-seventies, winds were light or nonexistent, it only rained once for just a brief but intense shower and the lakes were often like a mirror.  Come along as I revisit the route in a series of blog posts and dream of being there in person.

To The Horizon, #2

Another point of view for seeing all the way to the horizon.  This is the view from Mt. Shasta, looking west/southwest, in northern California.  I love the hazy mist that fills the lower elevations, it adds a bit of mystery to the shot.  For me, it instills a feeling that I should put on my hiking shoes and start walking, to see if I can reach the horizon, and knowing that if I walk far enough, I’ll arrive at the Pacific Ocean.

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Lower Falls, Yellowstone River

One of the iconic spots in Yellowstone National Park is the Lower Falls.  The views from the various overlooks are fantastic and this makes it a must for the visitor to the park.  All my images were taken from Artist’s Point.  Not only is the visitor rewarded with great views of the the falls, there are also amazing views of the “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.”  Of course there are so many other sights within the park and it is impossible to see it all in one day.  Just outside the southern boundary of the park is the Grand Tetons, a place I will have to return to when I have more time.

Mountain Interlude

Time to leave Smith Rock State Park and head for the Oregon coast.  The road requires the traveler to venture into tall pine forests and mountain passes.  On this journey, we travel under the gaze of the Three Sisters.

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Like A Spider

I’m reminded of a spider working its way down a slender strand of web to reach a distant destination in its smaller world.  Although, this world was a bit bigger, as was the spider.

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The 2016 Minnesota State Fair, Pt. 4

An Experience In Four Parts.

Part Four: The Midway

Welcome to the fourth and final, vertigo inducing, state fair post.  The highlight of any visit to the fair is nighttime in the midway with its rides and games.  It’s a place of bright colors, excessive motion and a cacophony of sounds.  On the night I was there, the artificial lights were supplemented by an impending thunderstorm approaching from the north, lighting the sky with frequent lightning displays.  That was my cue to call it a night and try to make it back to my car, parked about a half mile away.  Happy to say, I made without getting wet.