BEMIDJI TO CASS LAKE
We were surprised by familiar faces on a beautiful sunny morning in Bemidji. Friends of the relay, Joe Hamlin and Angel Staples came to see us off from Paul Bunyan park! They met us again at the end of the segment in Cass Lake and I got to see their special place on the Mississippi along the way. Thanks for the support, Joe and Angel!
The glitches along the way, including an off-course excursion by Tom, were all forgotten as we spent an enlightening afternoon with Sally Fineday, an active and forward-thinking member of the Leech Lake Band of the Ojibwe. She gave graciously of her time to show us her family land, speak of tribal history, invite us into her north shore home, and expose us to the stunning natural beauty of Cass Lake (boat ride!)
Had a wonderful visit with Terry and Mary Larson at their Wolf Lake home. They are such an interesting and welcoming couple. We’ll see them again down river . . .
We ended the day gathering voices and observing movements at the Big Tap Bar and Grill in downtown Cass Lake (population 757). On a summer Friday night, at a small town bar in northern Minnesota, the locals warmly welcomed a couple of disheveled out-of-towners into their rhythms and rituals. We slept like babies under the stars after that.