Monday, October 18, 2010

An Historic Weekend

While heading to a state park in western Minnesota this weekend, we stopped in a small town in search of a cafe to get some lunch.  Sometimes small towns only have one cafe, so we ended up in an antique store to look around, and also inquire about restaurants. When I asked about tatting shuttles and antique needlework, the owner pulled out a bag of shuttles he had just gotten and hadn't put out yet.  I spied this:

An antique sterling shuttle!  I have only seen these a couple of times in antique stores, and for about $100 or so.  The store owner wasn't too sure about how to price it, so I waited for him to decide what to charge.  

Let's just say I still can't contain myself.  It's mine :)  Oh yeah - we did get directions to a cafe for lunch too.

On to the state park.  Both of us have pretty much lived in Minnesota all our lives, but neither of us have been to this western part of the state.  Lac Qui Parle State Park is about 50 miles from the South Dakota border, and is more prairie and grassland than where we live.  We've never gone this direction because we thought the land would be boring, flat and just grass and cornfields.  Well, most of the way it is just that, but the park was a pleasant surprise with beautiful views like this:


Even though it was chilly, we enjoyed hiking around and learning a bit about the history of the area.  Lac Qui Parle Lake is actually part of the Minnesota River that is created by a dam built to control flooding.  This is an area full of Native American history as well.  This replica of the mission that was here was interesting to hike around and read about the attempts to teach the Dakota tribe English and convert them to Christianity.  While walking, we could just imagine the Native Americans and fur traders walking the same land.

 We hiked to "the" Cottonwood tree - the most massive tree I have ever seen.  Supposedly, this is the largest cottonwood in the state.  The picture doesn't really show the sheer magnitude of this tree!

The sunset and sunrise were beautiful, the stars and the milky way were awesome, the owl hooting and the geese squawking were pleasant sounds of nature.  Once again, we enjoyed a much needed relaxing, peaceful weekend.  And, once again, I took a million photos.


  1. Oh, my, such a lucky find! That's a nice looking shuttle. Your pictures are very nice, too! Sounds like a great way to spend the weekend. Thanks for sharing your trip.

  2. I especially love the photos of the sunset framed by prairie grasses and the milkweed. Glad you got that shuttle! What a lucky find. I always wonder how many shuttles are pitched because the vendor doesn't know what it is?

  3. That shuttle was a fabulous find! Lucky you! The photos of the surrounding area are just gorgeous!

  4. You shot some lovely photos!

    Love the shuttle! Enjoy it, eagle-eye!
    Fox : )

  5. Lucky you! I haven't yet met anyone in an antique shop near me who understood what I meant by a tatting shuttle!

  6. Beautiful photos.

    Great find on the shuttle, I bet you are one Happy Bluebird!

  7. lucky you on the shuttles, and your pictures are very good.
    have fun with your tatting group in the cities, no one here near me in Southeast North Dakota.

  8. Your shuttle is a treasure and your photographs capture the beauty of the place!

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