|Produce kind of picked over|
Now, set the player to loop indefinitely. Rest your head on your hands and watch it repeat for about two hours. Congratulations, you have just experienced the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway. Seriously, all of the "scenic" roads in this area seem to be lined with trees and thick underbrush so you can't see anything past about 3 feet into the forest. Occasionally you may drive past a field that has been cleared for farming and, since there are 10,000 lakes in the vicinity, you may occasionally detect a glimpse of water through the trees but the overwhelming majority of the time what you're looking at is a 30 foot wide road through a forest, which is nice for the first 10 min. but doesn't really hold one's interest too much beyond that.
To break up the monotony, we took a couple of unpaved side roads to try to get a better look at some of the lakes. In Minnesota, lakes look like this:
All of the lakes look like this. Every lake we have seen looks exactly like this. There is a large body of water and on the opposite shore you can see trees. Five feet beyond the trees it is possible there is another scenic byway, but you could never be sure. Occasionally along the shoreline you'll see signs
|Signs of a resort|
We did pull off the road at one National Forest information site that informed us we were standing on a continental divide. Water on our right hand flowed down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico while water on the left hand would flow north to Hudson Bay. How the Hudson Bay water gets past the Great Lakes I have not quite work out yet but there is apparently another divide nearby which separates the Hudson Bay water from the St. Lawrence River water. I think there is just too much water being divvied up here. That's why the Colorado River doesn't make it to the Pacific Ocean anymore. All of the water is being bogarted by Minnesota.
When you cross the great divide in the Rocky Mountains, it's fairly obvious that it is downhill in both directions from where you are standing. In Minnesota, the land is so flat it's kind of hard to figure out why the water goes anywhere. I mean, the Mississippi River only drops 1475 feet from its origin all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. In the western mountains, you can get a drop of 1400 feet just crossing the street. I don't really know why all of the water in this area doesn't just puddle up and evaporate away.
|Paul Bunyan Playhouse|