Start at the source!
Itasca State Park in Minnesota is the commonly-accepted headwaters of the Mississippi River. In a land full of lakes, streams, bogs and marshes I’m glad I wasn’t the one tasked with finding the source - but since that’s where all the marketing points to who are we to question?
We booked it getting here - driving 871 miles in 2.5 days. It was a great drive (albeit rainy which killed our fresh wash and wax). We were exhausted so we booked three nights at the state park campground to give us time to recover.
Shoulder Season Camping
It’s the end of the season here and so most of the water is turned off with one spigot and the showerhouse still on. Somehow we managed to last on our tanks even though our last top-off was on Sunday and we left here on a Friday. Being 3 of us now rather than 4 definitely helps slow the water usage.
We nearly had the campground to ourselves with just a couple other rigs visible - but far enough off to not see them unless you were looking for them.
We had good weather for about half of our stay with daytime temps in the upper 50s and nighttime temps in the high 30s to low 40’s.
The fall colors were amazing - right at 100%. We just couldn’t get enough of the views while driving around. I especially like the number of birch trees here - their white trunks add another dimension to the palette that we aren’t used to in Michigan.
Some Hiking, No Biking
Other than our formal visit to the headwaters we managed to get a couple hours of hiking in the woods. We would have like to get the bikes down (and try out the ‘70s Schwinn we just picked up in Michigan for MsBoyink) but with rain and a solid day of cold & gray it wasn’t worth the effort (especially now that I’m short my right-hand-help for the job).