On this very special edition of “Back at the Lodge with Jim and Michelle” (available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio) we have a beloved guest on air with us – Jim’s daughter Elsie!!

Elsie is normally extremely talkative, but we had to encourage her to chat it up with us on the podcast. The Braaten family recently returned from a trip “up north” aka The North Shore of Minnesota, so Jim and Elsie shared with us their favorite memories.

Elise finding those pretty rocks!!

Elise finding those pretty rocks!!

A few show notes:

  • Yes, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world
  • Poutine still sounds digesting, but here’s a link if you want to make it.
  • Jim stayed at Lutsen Resort, where Elise rode the alpine slide, and I feel bad for the kids behind them on the slide…
  • Jim talks about agate hunting, which happens to be the official state gemstone of Minnesota! I had no idea this was a big deal to do ‘up north.’
  • Gneiss is another cool rock, a metamorphic rock, also found along Lake Superior that Jim mentioned.
  • Wisconsin Dells is the essential vacationing spot if you are from Illinois. And there is way more to it than just the waterparks.
  • Here’s my “Adventures on a Budget” article I mentioned in Sportsman’s News magazine.
Elise and mom searching for rocks

Elise and mom searching for rocks

Later in the show, Elsie gave us a play-by-play of her first turkey hunt with dad. Those are special memories!!!

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