Our second Minnesota stop was in Bemidji, in the north central part of the state. Initially we thought about driving south toward Minneapolis/ St. Paul for our second stop in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but we could not find any stellar RV parks in that area of the state. After several days of researching our options, we decided to stay on a path due west of Duluth and drive a couple of hours to Bemidji – the first city on the Mississippi. We ended up being pleased with our choice. Bemidji was a small quiet town of about 13,000 residents. The town was built on a lake so the scenery was pretty. The downtown was busy with lots of specialty shops and restaurants, there was a state park about 20 minutes away from us, and we were close to lots of trails where we could walk the dogs. The park itself was small, but quiet and clean. We only had 30 amps this time, so we had to be strategic when it came to running the washing machine, air conditioner, hot water heater, and/or microwave. We turned on the generator every morning so I could run a load of laundry. I was very grateful to the owner of the campground for allowing us to do that. Not all campgrounds allow their guests to run generators.
We didn’t take too many daytrips from this stop, but we did make a short drive to Lake Itasca. We wanted to see the headwaters of the Mississippi. Lake Itasca State Park was really beautiful, and it was fun to finally see where the Mighty Mississippi originates. The rest of our time was spent taking advantage of small town Minnesota – picking up produce at the farmer’s market, taking long walks on several state trails, shopping at the mom & pop stores, and wandering around the local art festival on Saturday morning. Mike was able to fish a couple of times and hit golf balls at a nearby driving range. It was a low key and enjoyable two weeks.