Left Tailrace

✍️ 🕑 September 13-14, 2021 • Series: Go West, Young Lad • Tags: bird photographyus politics • Places: Left Tailrace

After a lovely day eating cheese curds, visiting Pipestone National Monument, and stopping by the World's Only Corn Palace, I drove on to my campground for the night: Left Tailrace.

It's an Army Corps of Engineers-created campground, located very close to the Big Bend Hydroelectric Dam and its reservoir, Lake Sharpe.

Shores of the lake
Shores of the lake

It was only at some point after I hastily reserved my campsite that I learned of the area's sad history...

Corn, Cheese Curds, and Sacred Stones

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Go West, Young Lad • Tags: national monumentssacred sitestourist trapsgood eatsminnesota • Places: Bump's Family Restaurant Pipestone National Monument The World's Only Corn Palace

I bid farewell to the Twin Cities fairly early in the morning.

The next day's plan was to travel from the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Paul to the Missouri in South Dakota, traversing terrain between two of America's most important rivers.

In a few ways, it would be a jumping off point for me for the rest of the trip. After this, I had no plans to stay with friends, and in fact, virtually no plans to sleep anywhere other than my tent.

But, I did still get to bump into an old pal, if you know what I mean...

Twin Cities, Thousand Lakes

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Go West, Young Lad • Tags: waterfallsriversurban waterfallsminnesota • Places: St. Paul MN

By the time I reached St. Paul, I had driven quite a ways. Probably over 24 hrs of solo driving (spread across several days), and I had added about 1,500 mi to my odometer, through stops, detours, and unavoidable hours on the interstate.

This experience gives me the ability to say the following: Of everywhere I have driven in my life, by far, the friendliest and most courteous drivers were those in Saint Paul, Minnesota. A much needed respite after... other cities.

The Ford Bridge: One of Many Between Minneapolis & St. Paul
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A Peaceful Morning at Eau Galle, Wisconsin

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Go West, Young Lad • Tags: bird photographyforest walks • Places: Eau Galle Lake

Roadways between the interstate and rural Wisconsin.
Roadways between the interstate and rural Wisconsin.

My milkshake was unfinished.

The lumps wouldn't make it up my straw.

Night had long since fallen by the time I made it to the Highland Ridge Campground.

I picked the spot (near the Eau Galle Lake in Wisconsin) because it had some nearby hiking trails, a lake, and it seemed good for birding. And, it had a few nice, tent-specific campsites. And, of course, it was well-situated for my next and final urban friend visit.

I accidentally circled the campground road twice, struggling to make out the signage specifically for the tent sites which were genuinely hard to see from the road, but easily making out the signs for each irrelevant (to me) car site.

2021 -> 2022

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Good lord.

I may have finally become the sort of person who writes self-reflections and resolutions in the hopes of having a more productive, well-adjusted year in which I achieve goals. Yuck!

Unfortunately, I'm guilty as charged. So without further ado, here is... my reflection.

Dead End Street Scribble Scribble
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