Do you know what the Laurentian Divide is?

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Hamilton's Fox Lake Camp

Flag of United States  , Minnesota
Sunday, June 23, 2013

Driving north from Grand Rapids along scenic Highway 38 you pass many interesting sites.  One of them is the Laurentian Divide:  'On the north side of this Discovery Site, the divide directs the waters to empty into Hudson Bay and on to the Arctic Ocean,  On the south, water flows into the Mississippi River and eventually into the Gulf of Mexico.  In other words, two drops of rain, each one falling to opposite sides, will end up on opposite sides of the North American continent.'  Pretty awesome to be standing on such a spot, isn't it?
Before I left Grand Rapids I went inside the Old Central School.  It has been faithfully renovated and brought back memories of school days in the 1950s. The school has been listed in the National Register of Historical Sites.  I had a crab sandwich and an American Mocha in the coffee shop - delicious!  A couple of photos from the inside of the school are attached.
Highway 38 or 'The Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway' is 47 miles long and ends in Effie.  I had the top down, sunglasses on and took it all in cruising along at 40-45 mph.  There was hardly any traffic to distract from this wilderness where birch trees were dominant.
From Effice - just a couple of houses and a gas station - I headed to Bemidji - of Paul Bunyan fame - along Highway 1.  Again it was a beautiful drive in the afternoon sunshine.  It was time to camp again, and I started looking for a nice camp site.  It turned out to be located on Fox Lake - one af Minnesota's 12,000 lakes (according to the Highway 38 Discovery Guide, although Minnesota car plates have the number 10,000.  Whatever the real number there are lots and lots of lakes here!)
The nice lady in the camp office showed me to my site, where I put up my tent next to enormous RVs.  I feel like a small human being overwhelmed by New York skyscrapers.  Towards evening I went back into Bemidji for dinner at the 'Country Kitchen'.
My next door-neighbour in the camp, Ralph, had said that coffee is served every morning at 8 in the camp office.  We had had a little rain in the morning, but I made my way there without getting wet and sat down at a table next to Ralph and five other campers.  (Their wives were probably happy to see them out of the RV.)  Three of them were of Norwegian descent, one of them even spoke a little Norwegian, and the seven of us had a ball discussing every subject on earth.  Like everybody else they thought my trip was a great adventure, and they offered much good advice for further explorations along the way.           
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Ulrik on

Dear Jens

What a great adventure ! We follow your adventurous trip and enjoy your daily reporting from your tent. Your reports are great reading and we feel as we were there.
Kind regards - and take care
Lotte and Ulrik

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