Minnesota, you know, is the "land of 10,000 lakes", and I'm sitting on the south end of the. 2nd largest, Lake Mille Lacs, a couple hours north of Minneapolis. "Mille Lacs" is French for "a thousand lakes", and this lake, at 137,000 acres, is as big as a thousand normal-size lakes.
I was first here in August 1978 for a week of staff training at a lodge that I most remember for its great food. That lodge has been replaced by a bigger, better (?) lodge, surrounded by time-shares and golfers. The lake looks the same. You look up at it and can't see across it. I like it. It doesn't make me feel like golfing.