Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Johnsons And The Schnells Weekend Bender

We made it back from our trip to Mille Lacs Kathio State Park! The adventure started yesterday when Brody and Angie picked us up. Of course we didn’t just take the simple route on highway 23 to 169. Nope. Instead Grant navigated us through back roads the whole way. At every stop sign Brody stopped the car and the conversation went something like: Brody says, “straight?” Grant replies “No right. Maybe straight. Err wait, no, left. I only went this way once but I think I know the way.” Brody chimes in “Darn, we forgot the atlas too.” And then we’d continue on our way. Finally after winding our way through the country side we saw a sign that said Onamia 13 miles and we all wondered why we’d ever doubted Grant. As he says, “If there’s one thing I have it’s a photographic memory and a good sense of direction.” I’ll give him that one ;)

The night before we left for our trip when Brody and Angie were over we talked about possibly going ice fishing during the trip. Angie thought their fishing licenses were expired so they pulled them out and we discovered that the license had already expired but the angling portion of the license was valid through April. This was confusing for Angie who grew up in South Dakota and isn’t quite familiar with all the ice fishing lingo. “Does angling mean fishing?” hehe. So after we arrived in Onamia and picked up a few things at a gas and grocery store we stopped at a liquor store that had this sign up. How appropriate :)

Finally we were on our way into the park. We stopped at the ranger station to check in but we were early and there were still people in our cabin. So, we had a few hours to hang out before we could get settled in to our cabin. We headed for the Interpretive Center to check that out and then have a picnic and go on a walk to the dam on the Rum River. At the dam we were entertained by Grant and Brody trying to break ice chunks off and watch them go over the dam.

By about 3:30pm we headed to the cabin and moved in.

a table and two double beds with bunks on top. We played some cards, hung out, made a porcupine snowman,

made ‘tamalie pie’ in the cast iron pot for supper and played more cards.

Later in the evening after it got dark we decided we ate way too much and needed to go on a hike. We headed out on a trail near our cabin. When we got a little ways out we stopped to see if we could hear any animals. It was silent so Grant started howling to see if anything would howl back. We didn’t hear anything so started making our way back to our cabin. We stopped to look at some tracks in the snow that might have been coyotes and then we heard something howl. And then something else on the other side of us howled back. It was pretty cool. We’re not sure if they were coyotes or wolves but Grant thought probably coyotes.

The next morning we got up and made some breakfast. Grant took care of frying the bacon.
Brody was in charge of cracking the eggs and mixing them up.

He had a little trouble and dropped one on the picnic table. We still threw it in with the others though since Grant said “we’ll just cook any of the germs and bacteria out of it.”

We checked out of our cabin around 1pm and headed to the trail center. We took a little walk to see if we could find any porcupines since Grant said he’d seen some there before. Sure enough, a little ways down the trail we saw a little fuzzy ball up in the trees.
What a cute little guy! Angie wanted to throw something at it to make it move but we held her back :) After that we played some cards in the trail center and headed for home. It was a good weekend! More pictures are in my picture album.


  1. Cant believe it- not only a story but even video clips and Grants wondeful AM demeanor- Loved it- Ed

  2. Great story, guys! I love the porcupine!

  3. Great story
    I was wondering if that was a Vodoo snowman. Porcupine makes sense. the food looked soooo good.

  4. Haha good stuff, sounds like a great time!

    Looking forward to the next post.

  5. Hmmmm...the elder Schnells think they'd like to go on a winter adventure with the Johnsons & the younger Schnells! And the food would of course be high on our list!! Nice pics & an action, technical stuff all the way!


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