by the headwaters (photo by Jill)
This past Sunday was our State Park Day where admission to all state parks in Minnesota was free. So...we headed up to Itasca after church ended. For those of you not familiar with Itasca, it is the state park where the Mississippi River headwaters is (are?) and is located about 30 miles north of us, although technically it is still considered Park Rapids. It is a beautiful, huge park with hundreds of acres of wooded area, lots of wild life and plant life (and bugs!). There are miles and miles of hiking and biking trails (snow mobile and cross country ski trails in the winter), and it is full of history.
scouting the area
By the Mighty Mississippi
There were dozens of planned activities at the park that day including lots of music from Mrs. Senior America (who is from Minnesota), the Park Rapids Community Band (very talented and a treat to see and hear), and a few other local groups. They had a loon calling contest (after all, we are the loon capital of the United States!), three-legged races, sack races, crab races, log sawing contests, bubble blowing contests, coloring contests, and free treats -- free milk (our official state beverage) served by the local Dairy Princesses (Minnesota has a teen pagent where they have dairy princesses in most counties...the state winner then gets her image carved out of a huge mound of butter at the State Fair, woohoo!), free blueberry muffins (our official state baked good), and ice cream (most everyone's official summer time treat!).
Noah and Susanna (photo by Jill)
Susanna (photo by Jill)
I can do it, too! (photo by Jill)
where my kids get their love of biking!