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Lake Itasca, Minnesota
Mississippi River Exploration
Day 1 - Tuesday, June 17, 2008
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Little Falls, Minnesota

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After more travel days than I had planned, the trip finally started today.

Most of the narrative is in the pictures below.

This trip will be a great mix of road types. Mostly two lane back roads. Some four lane divided highways. And a few Interstate highways.

Thanks for joining us.

Here's a cool link showing gas prices for every county in the country.

Political correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous, mainstream media which holds...that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by its clean end.
               ~ Don Imus
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This is the Mary Gibbs Mississippi River Headwaters Center. Lots in interesting stuff about how the river was formed, etc. The headwaters are about 600 feet down a woodland path. This statue is the "Water Creature Watcher." If you look closely you cn see some turtles. There are also fish in the bowl she's holding. This is the river. You cross this as you walk the path to the headwaters.
A beautiful wooded glen along the path. That's Lake Itasca in the background. The headwaters are in the lower left. Those boulders across the headwaters were placed there so people can "walk" across the river. The sign is hard to read. It says, "Here 1475 feet above the ocean the mighty Mississippi begins to flow on it's winding way 2552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico" And that's exactly what The Navigator and I plan to do. The lake is on the left, the headwaters are on the right.
Kids playing in the river. Yes, the water is cold. Three intrepid river explorers attempt to cross it while a rescue boat hovers nearby. One of many bridges over the river that we will cross.
We drove east about 85 miles on US Route 2 today. This deja vu in reverse. In June, 2004, we drove US-2 the other way from Michigan to Seattle, Washington. This was our first driving trip. Here's the link. My, we've come a long way since then. Mileage wise and progress wise. That is a BIG fish. Much larger than an 18 wheeler. But it's a come on... for the Big Fish Supper Club. Makes sense, I guess.
This attractive bridge is in Brainerd, WI. Another bridge pic. Notice the river is getting wider. Dwayne...
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Drive Time:
Begin: 8:30am
End: 9:30pm
Net (includes stops): 13 hrs, 0 mins
Trip Mileage:
Begin odometer: 53,220
End odometer: 53,530
Net miles today: 310
Average MPH: 23.8
Total trip miles: 1,835

Gas Mileage:
Average MPG to date: 15.2

Gasoline: $50.00
     Price: $3.899/gal
     Bought in: Sebeka,MN
Gasoline: $63.00
     Price: $3.949/gal
     Bought in: Aitkin, MN
Food, ice, etc.: $15.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00
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Another answer, and probably the best, to this eternal question comes from Jennifer:

Q: Why did the chicken cross the mobius strip?
A: To get to the same side.

Seriously, build a mobius strip and spend some time playing with it. It's an awesome piece of geometry.

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From Mark in Toronto, children's answers to science exam questions:

Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard, and vinegar.

Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q: How can you delay milk turning sour? (brilliant, love this!)
A: Keep it in the cow.

Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

Q: What are steroids?
A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Q: What happens to your body as you age?
A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.

Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A: Premature death.

Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? ( e.g., abdomen)
A: The body is consisted into three parts -- the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels A, E, I, O, and U.

Q: What is the fibula?
A: A small lie.

Q: What does 'varicose' mean? (I do love this one...)
A: Nearby.

Q: Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarian Section.'
A: The Caesarian Section is a district in Rome.

Q: What does the word 'benign' mean?
A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.

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