Part of the preparation for the backpacking trip to Philmont is not only hiking, but also camping. The Crew joined the Troop traveling to Cascade River State Park on the northeastern tip of Minnesota for the weekend.
|Three of our personal tents. Jim and I used Big Agnes, center) and will most likely take it with us to Philmont. The "Darth Vader" tent on the left is one that Jim has had for a very long time.|
|The woods surrounding the campsite was beautiful.|
|Wildflowers were in bloom in camp and on the trail.|
|Shiny silvery birch tree bark.|
|Early morning spider web.|
|The spiders were busy on Saturday night.|
|Jim and I pose at the Root Beer Falls.|
About that brown water...there is a reason for it in a text at the lookout point:
Why does the river look like Root Beer? Is the river polluted? NO!
The brown color comes from the water that drains out of the swamps and bogs into the river. The decaying organic matter in the swamps creates humic acid. This is what colors the water brown. The foam comes from the water tumbling over the rocks and waterfalls. The aerated water with the humic acid and natural organic matter causes the foam. Some of the dark color comes from iron deposits located along the river's course. How do we know it's not pollution? Because there isn't any development along the 17 miles of the Cascade River. The Root Beer look of the Cascade River comes from all natural ingredients.
|Perhaps a gnome home?|
|Treading carefully over the roots! I managed to slip and fall near the river.|
|By the end of the day we hiked 10.2 miles with our packs loaded with gear, maintained the lightning position twice on the trail, and opted to return to the campsite to wait out the storms Saturday evening. Anybody not ready? Hike on!|
Sunday morning was glorious and cool. The troop returned to camp (they opted to wait out the early storms and stayed at a camp on the trail). We broke camp and headed back home. On the way we stopped at the visitor center in Duluth to stretch and take in the lovely view.
On Wednesday after weaving I made a trip to JoAnn, ETC for some ribbon to line the knitted strap for the wee Shetland bag. I was a bit frustrated with the selection and quality of what was available, but I found some twill tape that will work and will somewhat blend in with the strap's colors. I walked by the book section and the cover of this book caught my eye. It is a pattern book by Lotta Jansdotter, a Swedish designer based in Brooklyn, New York. It is packed with photos and five simple sewing patterns--skirt, dress, blouse, pants/shorts, and jacket/coat as well as colorful accessories. The clothes are modeled through four seasons by Lotta's friends.
Taking a peek inside at the five basic patterns and one of the accessories.
|Sketches show the basic shapes of the garments with fabric swatches.|
|I would love to shop for fabric where Lotta shops!|
The wee Shetland bag is blocked and ready for the finishing touches. I had the pieces finished soon after the Shetland trip, but lost focus and it waited patiently in a bag. I watched an old movie, Rose Marie, whilst weaving some yarn ends and steam blocking the pieces. I will most likely line the bag with muslin so I can see to the bottom!