Joe and I went to the Headwaters around noon on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. We should have known that it would be crowded...and it was.
|Look at all the people. Okay, Disneyland it ain't, but it's also not the reflective experience we were hoping for.|
Lots of people, lots of shouting and running kids, lots of dogs. We hung out for a bit and then decided that we would do the unthinkable: wake up before dawn the next day and get there for sunrise. We were hoping that there wouldn't be anyone else around and that we could get some good pictures in the early morning light.
|We took one selfie off the little bridge before leaving.|
The next morning - our first wedding anniversary! We woke up at 6:30 and away we went. We got to the headwaters and were greeted by a couple and their dogs. We asked them to take our pictures - they did - and then they headed off.
|Happy Headwaters! We both look a bit sleepy.|
After the couple and their dogs left, we had the headwaters to ourselves for about an hour. Joe took lots of pictures, I waded around in the river, we joked around and had a fine time. I know it's not for everyone, but in order to find solitude at this park on Labor Day weekend, we had to get up early. It was great.
|The first rapids on the Mississippi|
|Joe is pretty sure on his feet...|
|...and Michele is not. Lots of arm-waving but at least there was no Split Rock-type experience.|
All weekend long we had a running joke about "surely THIS is the source of the Mississippi", whenever we came across a tiny streamlet, rainwater puddle draining into a larger puddle, even when I was taking a shower. Who knows if this rock bridge truly is the source of the Mighty Mississippi? Well, if it is, we've walked across it and completed our very Minnesotan Quest.
|Happy anniversary to us!|