The Mall of America fiasco reminded us why we stick to the backroads and small towns whenever possible. We thank our lucky stars we can choose not to stay where we’re not comfortable — most people are stuck in a particular place for jobs or other reasons. While we can roam, we will 🙂

So roam on out of the greater Minneapolis area we did. We ambled up Route 169, heading north. Yep, this was more like it:


Being able to stop alongside a quiet road to stretch our legs and explore is the greatest gift these back roads deliver…

…and when a path near the pull-out leads us to a lake like this one, we’re happy to spend a few extra moments poking around.


And although this particular body of water is called Kremer Lake, we couldn’t help but see the irony in the name of the lake just across the street:


Yep, it’s nice to find a surprise like this one when you least expect it 🙂

About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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4 Responses to Surprise!

  1. Isn’t it getting a bit cold up there? Time to head South? Happy Trails! –Michael

    • Ellen says:

      Hi, Michael! Thanks for stopping by! We were up north over the summer; we were in Minnesota in July, I think. I post very late on this blog because I like reflecting on our experiences before writing about them, so it’s almost never in sync with where we are at any given time. You’re right — too cold for us up there right now! So we’re comfortable down here in the Southwest. Take care!

  2. Ingrid says:

    MN in the summer can be so much fun….. not so much in winter 🙂

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