We had a really nice outing to the headwaters of the Mississippi at Itasca State Park. The park was established in 1891 and it is the oldest State Park in Minnesota.
The Mary Gibbs Center at the headwaters was closed but the trail down to the headwaters was free from snow until we got close to the lake, then the path turned to snow but it was easy walking.
Click on this photo to make it bigger. I laughed out loud at the reference to “the voracious long billed and dyspeptic musketoe”
It was quiet. You could hear the water going around the rocks. No musketoes …winter has a few good points.
The rocks that you can walk over were covered in snow. I have not been to the park in the winter before. Some day I would like to go back and catch a sunrise.
That is Lake Itasca in the above photo and the mighty Mississippi begins at the rocks. In the summer the tourists walk over the rocks and pose for photos there.
The Mississippi meanders on its way out of the park.
The water is clear and cold.
There it is on it’s way north to Bemidji.
Itasca State Park is not that far from our home, seems like we should go there more often.