A fun weekend in Bemidji

We recently returned from a great little get-a-way up in Bemidji. Chris had a golf tournament there, so we decided to make it a family trip.

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The boys spent much of their time atop this awesome iceberg at the resort.

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We were fortunate enough to learn that our cabin was right next door to some friends of ours, and their kids and our kids had a great time together!

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A highlight of this trip for me was visiting Itasca State Park and specifically the Mississippi headwaters. It’s beautiful and so peaceful in the park- and really hard to imagine that the mighty Mississippi starts with this little rolling stream that you can walk right across.

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Here you see Lake Itasca in the background. The rocks that the kids are crossing are where the water from the lake flows over and the Mississippi river begins.

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Our short hike through the forest started on this boardwalk right next to the headwaters.

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After our hike, the kids jumped right into the water with clothes on. I wanted to join them! The water was the perfect temperature and so refreshing. If you ever make it there, bring a suit- it was the perfect little swimming spot.

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This little butterfly really wanted to join our party! It kept landing on us and stayed around for quite a while.

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Look closely- that little butterfly is still hanging on to Hunter’s arm!

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On our last night at the resort, we rented a pontoon and took  beautiful cruise around lake Bemidji. The kids took turns driving the boat, and we got up close to a group of loons at one point which was especially fun for Chris, as they have always been his favorite bird.

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On our way home, we made a little detour to stop in Nisswa for a visit to the Chocolate Ox and lunch at Raffertys.

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The Totem Pole in Nisswa- a favorite stop for the kids. I remember loving this shop as a kid, too! The tradition continues!

 

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