On this day, Dan and I decided to take a short trip and venture down to Reads Landing in Southeast MN. We followed the mighty Mississippi as it twists southbound from Red Wing; our first stop was a small beach in Old Frontenac.
This small town was originally established in 1857 with the name Westervelt, the name changed in 1860 to Frontenac by brothers who owned large tracts of land in the area. At that time, Frontenac soon began to attract wealthy residents and became a community of summer homes with Lakeside views of Lake Pepin. Frontenac is indeed a beautiful little town, we visit Frontenac State Park often and will stop by the little beach on occasion. On this day, the girls had fun in the sun and sand.
Heading south on Hwy 61, our next stop was Lake City. We did not stay long but had enough time to walk the marina to see the sails that are waiting for warmer weather.
Our final destination was Reads Landing, MN and Reads Landing Brewing Company. Originally founded in the mid 1800’s, Reads Landing soon grew to a major river town located at the mouth of Lake Pepin. In the late 1880’s the town began decline and most businesses relocated to Wabasha. Interesting fact: According to Wikipedia, “At one time Reads Landing was considered a possible site for the Minnesota State Capital.” Although there is not much left in Reads Landing, it is home to Reads Landing Brewing Company. I would recommend a stop in to try some of their hometown craft brew and a snack.
The birds were out, the sun was shining, and we all had such a wonderful time making memories that will last a lifetime.
We awoke to find the atmosphere was thick with fog again on that early March morning. The fog or mist can emphasize depth, light, shapes, silhouettes and I love the way the water droplets scatter light. The morning brought us to Frontenac, MN a small rural town located on the mighty Mississippi just southeast of Red Wing, MN. Frontenac State Park was our first stop, the park is known as a birdwatchers’ paradise and is one of the best spots in the country to view birds migrating in the spring and fall. If you travel this way, take a nature walk on one of the parks great hiking trails and enjoy the beautiful valley views.
Close by the state park is a small public boat launch located in the historic village of Old Frontenac. A walk along that beach is usually calming but your heart rate can increase when you car chased by some kind of large, dead fish on a stick by someone who will remain nameless… Dan 🙂
After Dan had his fun with the what ever that was on a stick, we packed up our camera gear and headed back on the road. Sometimes we don’t use our GPS and end up near a city that we weren’t intending to visit on that day. I think that is the fun of it all- traveling on back-roads leading to… well, we find out. Passing many photo opportunities along the way, you never know what a day spent traveling on unfamiliar roads will bring.