International Falls

Best campsite ever!
Perfect place for a campfire

Last Thursday we arrived in International Falls at the very best campsite we have ever had. We squeezed in next to the cabin of our friends the Hjelles. Brady was one of our hockey sons and his family feels like family to us. His Grandpa Bud added a 30 amp service so that we could stay with them right at the cabin. The cabin is about 15 miles west of International Falls right next to the Big Fork River. It was a wonderful 4 days. Brenda (Brady’s mom) had meals planned for every day. Man, did we eat well. It was a real treat. The weather was just about perfect too. We had a couple very light showers at night a couple times but otherwise warm days and cool nights.

Paul gets a nice size small mouth bass
Brady and his big catch
We rode our bikes a little on Friday. Saturday we did a 4 hour Kayak trip down the Big Fork while Brady and Paul took the fishing boat down. The Big Fork was a beautiful river for a float trip and the fellas fishing had a good time. When they got back about half an hour later than John and I, Brady came to get me to take some photos of his catch. He had a 17 inch small mouth bass and a large Northern. He was pretty proud of his day’s catch. 
Brady & Paul
International Falls is pretty secluded from the rest of the state up there on the border; at the cabin our cell service was sketchy at best. We did have internet as we have an antenna and amplifier on our air card. No TV stations from the antenna but the Hjelles (pronounced Jelly) did have dish network in the cabin so we kept up on the path of Irene. The upside of that seclusion means a quiet and wonderful place to be. We had campfires every night, played some cards (Rook: Brady’s favorite game) and just nice time together enjoying the fellowship of friends. 

A barn on the banks of the Big Fork River

Hjelle's cabin from the river.
Today we headed to Bear Head Lake State Park near Ely MN. We arrived this afternoon. We knew it would be a tight and parking was definitely a challenge due to trees, but we got it parked. We will be here until Friday, looking forward to checking out this secluded North Woods park.


  1. How nice that you were able to stay with them! Nice property too.

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful time catching up with friends. The north woods of Wisconsin and Minnesota are beautiful!

  3. Did you have a fish fry with that great catch?

  4. Sure looked like the perfect camping spot to me. Glad you enjoyed your visit with friends and all that great food to boot!


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