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Monday, September 3, 2012

Shots From the Weekend & Kayaking the Prairie River into the Mississippi

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A lot of people have been asking what happened to me. Long story short is we have a lot of stuff going on and I need to stay focused on details right now and the distractions of social media / cell phones / etc are not helping. So forgive me if I don't return a call and my FB profiles show as inactive. Stop by here for what you have always seen me produce but don't expect a whole lot of social interaction. My family needs me more than ever right now and there will always be time for the fun stuff later.

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Spent Labor Day weekend at the in-laws up in Grand Rapids. Friday night we had a wonderful view of the Blue Moon as it lit up the north woods like it was daytime.

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One of the few and far between cars on the road as a few clouds pass in front of the moon.

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Saturday morning I was able to cross the Prairie River off my bucket list. I put in just east of Itasca Community College.

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Some beautiful scenery along the route.

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I would like to make this run again some day at higher water as there are 4 spots where it looks like the riffles and small rapids would be fun.

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Coming into Grand Rapids. MN under highway 2 just upstream from the confluence with the Mississippi River.



Here is a video of the trip down the Prairie, into the Mississippi and out at the Herb Beers Access near Bruce and Sandy's.

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My daughter trying to bring in a few sunfish at Big Splithand Lake that evening.

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On Sunday we visited the Forest History Center. We drive past it all of the time but never stop. My daughter and I found it very interesting. I want to go back and see it in action in the winter with the horse drawn sleighs on the ice roads.

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The highlight was climbing the 100 foot fire spotter tower. I climbed one as a kid and it it still a vivid memory to this day. Getting to share that same experience with my daughter was very special.

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Another adventure for her. One step closer to passing the torch for me.

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Pretty easy to pick out our car in the parking lot with the big mango colored yak on the top.

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Looking downstream on the Mississippi towards downtown Grand Rapids and the Blandin Paper Mill.

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The rain held off on Sunday evening allowing for one of the last camp fires of the year.

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I realize I may be at a time where I need to re-invent who I am. This was something I have known for the last 8 years may be coming and it looks like it is going to happen.

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So, as the pieces of the new puzzle of life are cut and I work to find the borders again, be patient with me. What rises from the ashes may surprise you.





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