The Park is located 7 miles north on Hwy. 21 overlooking Lake Bemidji. I recommend walking along the Bog Trail. This trail is a boardwalk that wanders through marsh land until you get to Big Bog Lake. If you look closely you'll see wild orchids growing and wild lady slippers along Bog Trail.
Check out my travelogue for Lake Bemidji State Park
Northern Minnesota is populated by many Native Americans. They own vast tracts of land and maintain fishing rights on many lakes--some exclusively.
I'm not sure what to make of the Indian on the right--it looks a bit like a caricature. But if it was deemed to be offensive by local Native American populations I would guess that it would have been removed long ago.
There are shops in Bemidji which sell Native American art.
My nomadic lawyerly travels have never brought me so far afield such as I've had to argue a case at this courthouse. It will cost the client plenty if I ever have to. But what a beautiful building. It is nice that many of these treasures are still around and still used for the purpose for which they were built.
Do you know anyone that does not enjoy a sunset? What is it about the sun going down that quickens the blood. Is it the anticipation of a new day or is it the excitement that night brings. In evolutionary terms, we are not far removed from people who had to brave the dangers of the night. Who would live to see the morning was always a pertinent question. In past and present times our most exuberant revelries have been reserved for the night. But even when we have nothing more exciting planned than a simple home cooked meal and maybe a few hours with a good book--the setting of the sun stirs something in the nooks of our primordial brians.
Do people outside of the U.S. (or outside of Minnesota for that matter) know about the legend of the mighty lumberjack Paul Bunyan and his loyal sidekick Babe, the great blue ox?
Paul and Babe
Paul rescued Babe, as a calf, from drowning during the Winter of Blue Snow. Babe grew to be twenty-four axe handles and a plug of tobacco wide between the eyes and as a snack would eat thirty bales of hay...wire and all. Babe was so strong that he could pull anything that had two ends, except Paul (Paul could never be pulled, and he could only be pushed so far). It is said that it took a crow a full day to fly from the tip of one horn to the other. Paul once used Babe to straighten out thirty miles of crooked town road. When all the twists and curves were pulled straight there were an extra twelve miles of road left over. Paul rolled it all up and gave it back to the town to use elsewhere.
BSU is the only university situated along the shoreline of a lake in Minnesota. It is a truly beautiful campus with the lake & soaring pine trees. They even rent canoes, mountain bikes, and camping equpiment so people can really experience the outdoors. BSU also has some outstanding & unique programs...a wonderful school!
You can cross the Mississippi River, at the source, before it goes on to the Gulf of Mexico. When we were here, however, there had been alot of rainfall, and everything in this picture was two feet under water, it made for a very fun & unique visit! =)
Water front, Itasca State Park, the Old Schoolhouse
Statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox as well as the information center and small museum.
Itasca state park and the source of the Mississippi River
an old schoolhouse that has been renovated and holds many of the areas arts and crafts on display and for sale
Look beyond Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and see the wonderful Lake Bemidji. Walk along the mIn road and see where Lake Bemidji and The Mississippi River meet.
This is very much a big attraction to Bemidji. They have been located in Paul Bunyan Park since their erection in 1937.
This park marks the starting point of the mighty Mississippi River; its headwaters starting in Lake Itasca. You'll also find over 32,000 acres of wooded forest and beautiful countryside.