Land of 10,000 Lakes and a few loons

The Land of 10,000 Lakes (low estimate) and a few loons would be Minnesota, of course. My husband is a native and we lived there for 36 years after his four year stint with the Air Force. I did five years with the Air Force as a civilian and after closing down three air bases, they asked me to leave. Kidding. We decided we had had quite enough of long, dark, harsh winters in 2006 and moved to Arkansas. We used to drive home every Christmas until it just got too crazy. The State of Iowa in December can be treacherous and sometimes they close the freeway. This year we opted to visit in June, the week after Memorial Day week. Driving was a breeze.

My husband’s family has history connected with a great attraction, Gooseberry Falls State Park. Travel on Old Highway 61 instead of taking the expressway to Two Harbors. You used to be able to see Lake Superior a lot more than you can now–poplar trees have grown up and block some of the view, but it’s still spectacular. Stop off at one of the turn offs such as Brighton Beach or Stony Point.

Seagulls on Lake Superior

Seagulls on Lake Superior

Stony Point

Stony Point

Gooseberry Falls State Park was built by men in The Civilian Conservation Corps. Formed in March 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps, CCC, was one of the first New Deal programs. It was a public works project intended to promote environmental conservation and to build good citizens through vigorous, disciplined outdoor labor. My father-in-law worked in the Gooseberry Falls camp before he was married. Here he is quoted on a sign in the park.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilian_Conservation_Corps

Camp life.. by Omer Prudhomme

Camp life.. by Omer Prudhomme

Here is a statue of a buff worker–the sun was not helpful here.

CCC Worker

CCC Worker

CCC Worker Sign

CCC Worker Sign

Here is a view of the lower and medium falls. I have been here in years of drought where there was only a trickle–sometimes you have to learn to live with disappointment. But not this day.

Medium and Lower Falls

Medium and Lower Falls

And the upper falls.

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

THIS IS NOT A TRAIL sign

THIS IS NOT A TRAIL sign

I climbed up to the Gateway Plaza, where you can view Lake Superior from the highway.

View from Gateway Plaza

View from Gateway Plaza

We (sister-in-law, niece, and I) had lunch at the Rustic Inn in Castle Danger on the way back, all three of us trying one of the walleye lunches and sharing. Highly recommended. Our last stop was at Brighton Beach. We should have stopped there first because it was so cold, we were done in five minutes. Cooler by the Lake is not an idle expression.

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

The weather was great during our visit and I managed to get some shots of some of the local loons but not one of the resident bald eagles. I should have recorded the loons going crazy with their ululations when the eagle was soaring overhead. It was warm enough our last day for a pontoon ride, which is when I got these shots. The sun was shining so brightly on the loon, that I didn’t think these would turn out.

Common Loon on Schulz Lake

Common Loon on Schulz Lake

Common Loon on Schulz Lake

Common Loon after a dive on Schulz Lake

Calm morning on Schulz Lake

Calm morning on Schulz Lake

As always, we had a wonderful time with family. If you head to Minnesota, go up the North Shore–it never disappoints. Safe travels, wherever you go. End of the trail.

Tatanka at Missouri wayside rest

Tatanka at Missouri wayside rest

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American Indian at Missouri wayside rest

And then back to Arkansas, where summer has shown up with a vengeance. There is still no place like home (insert ruby red slippers).

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Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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