At the very start of the Mississippi River

Years ago, we went through Minnesota from the west on our way to Duluth/Superior but never got up north to see the Headwaters of the Mississippi so this time, we planned better.The river starts out as a stream leaving Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota then travels all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.

The yellow circles show where the Headwaters are and where we’re standing and where it exits into the Gulf of Mexico
This historic marker dates back to the 1930s, and indicates the Mississippi River’s total mileage at 2,552 miles. Since then the river’s course has been shortened and altered by flooding and channeling.Here is the historic marker with some goofy tourists blocking your view.Ah….better….Now we can read the sign.
We’ve been here too…way at the southern end of the river.Here is where the river exits the lake and  begins its long journey south.Good timing…we had it all to ourselves.
Then, this guy had to get out onto the rocks…carefully….
We left our…

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