Itasca, more beautiful than ever

Minnesota’s First State Park is still a blue-ribbon winner in our adventures-close-to-home book. Greg and I camped there as kids, and it was one of our first biking trips, then camping trips together.

We returned there last week with another great camping family and again soaked it all in! Bonus: Sue is an a.m.a.z.i.n.g. photographer, and she’s letting me share some of her shots here. Thanks, Sue. We’d camp anywhere with you guys. And thanks to you and your lens, Itasca is more beautiful than ever!

Here’s their clan:

Don't they look like Happy Campers?!
Don’t they look like Happy Campers?!

There’s so much more than the Mississippi Headwaters, but since that’s the origin of this gorgeous park, it’s a good place to start, too.

The Mississippi Headwaters

Photo cred: Matt!
Photo cred: Matt!

 

Our family, plus nephew Adam who joined us for part of our time there!
Our family, plus nephew Adam who joined us for part of our time there!
Just days before, the rocks were covered due to all the rain. We made it just fine!
Just days before, the rocks were covered due to all the rain. We made it just fine!
He does alright on melted ice, too.
He does alright on melted ice, too.
Way to go, Adam!
Way to go, Adam!
And she didn't even need her mobile to cross. No app for that, lovey!
And she didn’t even need her mobile to cross. No app for that, lovey!

 

rock on, babe (Loving his new collection of Life is Good Tshirts for camping)
rock on, babe
(Loving his new collection of Life is Good Tshirts for camping)
Our water bug.
Our water bug.
We all crossed the rocks. Cara, of course, went right in. We told her again this year we'd pick her up in New Orleans in a few weeks.
We all crossed the rocks. Cara, of course, went right in and started down the river. We told her again this year we’d pick her up in New Orleans in a few weeks.
And so it begins...
And so it begins…

Perfect harmony

Itasca has somehow managed to keep a balance of its natural beauty (incredible white and red pines, rare flowers, charming loons), with ways for us to enjoy it (pontoons, kayaks and other water toys, bike trails).

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A little less nature, please?

Our hike to the Fire Tower could have been without fewer mosquitos, but the views and experience was worth the itches!

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One thought on “Itasca, more beautiful than ever

  1. What tremendous memories you all created to join the ranks of nostalgic memories for each of us. The Fire Tower and log-standing marker at the mouth of the river are enduring! Thanx for sharing the beauty, people as well as nature.

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