Thursday, June 12, 2008
A Bigfork Weekend
Ahh, the posts are piling up here at home. Despite the raining cold weather I have been cranking with work and also getting outside more than I would have imagined due to the weather. Anyway, a week or so ago the Marg, aka the "wife" aka the "woodtick dodging squirrel" and I headed up to the family cabin near Bigfork, MN. The cabin has been in the family since the late 1920's and holds nearly all of the history of my family on my fathers side. It is like a mini museum. In one room you can find medals my grandfather earned in WW2 and in another the ash trays from his grandfather's pipe smoking days. It is a located in a fairly remote part of Minnesota, in the Chippewa National Forest. The cabin is fortunately near a small intersection where the Scenic Pines Store and Lodge is located so we can head out and resupply without having to drive the 50 or so miles to the nearest store. Infinite adventures can occur at or near the cabin but this time we decided to paddle a section of the Bigfork River. It is a super scenic river with intermitent class one, class two rapids that make it a fun day of flatwater fishing for Muskies and exciting and straightforward whitewater canoeing. Once we were done paddling the 20 or so miles on the river we grabbed our bikes and rode back to our truck for the shuttle, another 20 plus miles. The day was so nice it made your eyes hurt. After the paddle we headed back towards our abode, but stopped by the Scenic State Park, I have never been in the park before so we took our Mountain Bikes and hit the trails. I have to say it was certainly the most scenic state park I have entered in Minnesota, if you have not been here you should pack up and check it out. After our extremely active day we hit the Antler Lodge for a well deserved ice cold beverage.