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MONDAY - For 200-miles the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota, north of Minneapolis, is determined by the path of the St. Croix River.

This entire distance is protected by the National Park Service as the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

There are many partial state boundaries, particularly in the Midwest, Northeast, and South, that are defined by rivers. In fact, only four mainland states (Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming) completely lack any borders defined by rivers or waterways,

We crossed over the St. Croix River, back into Minnesota, in the town of Taylor Falls on US-8.

If you keep your eyes open while driving through Taylor Falls
you might spot this giant mug of root beer "spinning" outside of The Drive In Restaurant.

This is the kind of scenery you're rewarded with for staying off the Interstate Highways.

Minnesota is called the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and for the next three days we'll be spending time near just one of them known as Gull Lake. There are other states that have more lakes than Minnesota, but what Minnesota does have is the most "named natural lakes" with about 15,291 of them. A full 11,824 of which are greater than 10 acres.

In case you were wondering! Alaska is home to more than 3,000,000 lakes, covering over 5% of the state's total land area.

Also, Maryland is the only state in the country where there are no natural lakes.

TUESDAY - Today we were hunkered down inside THE POD all day.

It was raining when we woke up and it was raining when we went to bed. Tomorrow is supposed to be a lot better, so what are we going to do? Gather up all of our dirty laundry and head into town! This nomadic lifestyle is not always about rainbows and unicorns. 🌈 🦄

It could be worse! We could be 400-miles south of here in Iowa, where we just left, and been hammered by a (158-206 mph) F3 tornado.

A typical tornado travels at around 10–20 MPH, but some have been clocked at up to 60MPH.

You can't outrun that while towing a trailer! 🌪️

This photo is from the Weather Channel's website of today's tornado in Southwestern Iowa.

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