days to Lake Itasca!
A few days ago I asked if anyone wanted to try to guess, without reference to a map or Google, which of the ten states on the banks of the Mississippi River are located on the right (east) bank, left (west) bank, or are on both banks. Oh, and mid stream islands don’t count. I didn’t get any takers, so I’ll wait one more day and post the answer if I don’t hear from anyone. Here’s a hint in the hope that it will get someone started thinking about this. The State of Illinois has land area on both banks, famously at Kaskaskia, where the original capital of Illinois was located.
This sort of thing generally happens when the Mississippi leaves its former bed and creates a new channel, usually as the result of a flood or similar occurence. The process often leaves “oxbow” lakes, and we’ll see a bunch of those the further south we get (hint, hint). We’ll ride into this bit of Orphaned Illinois, which cannot be reached directly from the main part of the state over on the east bank, just a little over a month from now and shoot some pictures of a place not many folks have seen in person.
Here’s a little more help- just circle your answers.
Gary Schmidt is already in Minnesota visiting friends and family during the time remaining before the end of the coming week. I’ll fly out of Alaska on Thursday morning and join him at Itasca State Park the next day.