Enough Already, Minnesota! WI and MI, too!

Well, we weren’t all that impressed with Minnesota, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

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We started at sunrise, and coming out of Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, it was beautiful, and a storm was storming on the horizon. Just wonderful!

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See?

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Our jaunt from North Dakota into Minnesota was, at first, really fun. We decided to see some oddities here and there today. Thus, Paul Bunyan and his gray ox, Babe.

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And this big ol’ fish in Erskine.

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We’ve got a thing for tiny chapels, and this might just have been the smallest.

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Bemidji is the first town on the Mississippi River. It’s also the supposed home to Mr. Bunyan.

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And this wonderfully evil fellow.

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Following Bemidji, Route 2 got pretty boring. It was mostly scrubby looking woods (not forests). However, it was sometimes punctuated with things like this.

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The Mississippi takes a weird bend, so we ended up crossing it twice!

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The town of Cloquet is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright service station. We filled up here because why wouldn’t you?

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It’s also home to this Baldwin 2-8-0, which was taking over by Smartz soon after we ate lunch.

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Me? I became a viking and took over this dala horse. Take that!

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Towards the end of the day, we raced through a sliver of Wisconsin and was chased by a huge storm coming in off Lake Superior, which we saw, by the way. We did, however, have time for a quick pic of this lovely bit of fun.

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See? Racing toward the blue skies!

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Thankfully, we wound up in Ironriver, Michigan before it hit or veered off or something. Whatever happened, we mostly missed it. Huzzah!

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