On Saturday, 03-28-09, I attended the 2009 Far North Symposium held at the Metropolitan State University. This was an all day event. I’ve been to this event in the past.
Prior to listening the speakers I ran across “Cedarboy” for those of you who read bwca.com. We spoke briefly before I ran across Kay Getting. Both Kay and Jim Gallagher were attending. I last saw the both of them when Jim was going to talk about one of the rivers in the Far North that he paddled.
I first met Jim and Kay back in 1980 when I worked with the US Forest Service out of Isabella, Minnesota in the Superior National Forest. Jim and Kay are still with the US Forest Service in the Chippewa National Forest out of Bemidji, Minnesota.
Also, attending were David and Josie Nelson with their new little one.
Afterwards, I headed home and got some paddling in. I went on the Mississippi River and the water level was up a couple feet from earlier in the week. This has been the most water in some years. I paddled upstream for 1:15 then I turned around for a quick 20 minute paddle downstream. I had to stay away from any sweepers to prevent being pushed into them.
I headed to the Como Zoo Conservatory to take some macro photos. They allowed tripods from 8 am to 10 am before the general public were allowed in. I got some nice photos that I’ll post later. I stayed an additional one before heading over to the Bell Museum of National History on the U of M Campus. http://www.bellmuseum.org/ to view Frans Lanting’s Life: A Journey through Time. Here is Frans website: http://www.lanting.com/
I joined a meet-up photography club, http://photo.meetup.com/430/, in December and today several of us were meeting to walk through Fran Lanting’s exhibit before going on a photo walk. After viewing the exhibit several of us continued on the photo walk through Dinkytown then down to the Mississippi River to the Stone Arch Bridge.
Here are some of the photos I took on the walk. Also, here is a link to some of the other photos taken by our group: http://photo.meetup.com/430/calendar/10011527/