Lumberjack Daze


Another classic Minnesota summer weekend here at 20 Prospect. Our staycation continued on Saturday with a trip to Stillwater for Lumberjack Days.

Stillwater is a great little town on the St. Croix river, known for it’s late 19th Century Main Street, slew of Victorian Homes, and historic lift bridge. It got it’s start as a mill town for saw milling the bazillions of board feet of lumber that was floated down the St. Croix from lumber camps in Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin. Hence the name for their summer festival.

Main Street Stillwater, MN

Main Street Stillwater, MN

It was also the northern most terminus for Steamboats bringing settlers up the Mississippi. As the tour boats below will remind you…

Paddle Boat

Paddle Boat

As festivals go, this one covers all the bases. Food vendors, parade, concerts on a floating stage, 5K run, assorted competitions, fireworks at night…

The crowds were big, so we were not the only locals enjoying a staycation in these trying economic time. The focal point of Stillwater is the historic lift bridge over the St. Croix, to the promised land of Beer-Cheese-Food.

I just can't get enough of this bridge...

I just can't get enough of this bridge...

The highlight of the day was the Dogs & Logs competition, presented by Stihl, as seen on the Outdoor Channel, brought to you by…

I had never seen an athletic  competition for dogs before. Jumping, retreiving, swimming, the Indomitable Moxie would have loved it had we not left her home.

Go get it boy!

Go get it boy!

And the Lumberjack games are always a crowd pleaser…

Pole Climbing

Pole Climbing

log running...

log running...

Celtic Dancing on spinning logs...

Celtic Dancing on spinning logs...

unfortunately we left before the beer drinking, skirt chasing, and bar stool throwing events.

On the way out of town we stopped by the ball grounds to take in a game of “Base ball” (two words) played according to 1860 rules, between the Quicksteps and the Rochester Roosters.

The civil war re-enactment of sporting events

The civil war re-enactment of sporting events

I noticed however, the participants were not drinking 1860’s beer unfortunately, but cans of a more recent vintage. It looks like fun.

As Mom was in town, Mrs. 20 Prospect and I enjoyed a date night that evening as a small, intimate little neighborhood restaurant, followed by a movie.

Have you heard of it?

Perhaps you have heard of it?

The finish to the evening was the fireworks of the Minneapolis Aquatennial festival, which we viewed from a hilltop in St. Anthony, against a backdrop of the Minneapolis skyline. A lovely way to end another priceless day in Minnesota.

Aquatennial Fireworks over Mississippi river

Aquatennial Fireworks over Mississippi river

Is this a great state or what?

Is this a great state or what?

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