Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mothers' day weekend up north

This year for mothers' day some of my closest friends and I went up north to Grandview Lodge. We have been up here at number of times for bachelorette parties so we know the area and have always had a good time. Saturday morning I slept in until 10 am (what?!) and then did some knitting while watching a movie. A real luxury. The weather was beautiful and we had a relaxing weekend. We even got a decedent Mothers' day brunch before we left, quite a treat. 

Grandview has a beautiful main lodge with a great view of Gull lake.

The view as we walked down to our cabin from the lodge.

Kristen and I went for a half day hike all around Crow Wing State Park. A real gem. The Mississippi and Crow Wing rivers converge here and apparently was a natural crossroads because of its easy travel routes and hunting opportunities. This had been an area where many Native American battles occurred and the Ojibwe were the last to have control over it after they won a battle over the Dakota.

The town of Old Crow Wing was once all around where the Clement Beaulieu House is currently. It was put back in this spot in 1988. This house was considered palatial by standards back in mid 1800s. Hundreds of homes used to be in this area, now it is just an open area with a replica wooden boardwalk in the park. Settlers abandoned the area after James J. Hill routed the railroad through Brainerd (10 mile north of here) in the 1870s.

We enjoyed seeing the new buds on the trees. Only downside of this lovely excursion was that we discovered about 15 wood ticks on each of us after leaving. I spent the rest of the day feeling like bugs were crawling all over me. 

At night we went out to eat at a place called Ernie's on the lake and then out to our favorite townie bar, Zorbas. 

While I was gone Steve took the girls to the Walker Art Center for family day and they had this set up for a photoshoot. I even got a 5x7 and some wallets of this keeper. Amazing.

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