June 13, 2016
Mississippi River just downstream from the river crossing
Lake Itasca State Park, Park Rapids, Minnesota
47° 14’ 20.46” N
95° 12’ 35.18” W

The Blue Gap cairn is viewed from the hiking trail bridge sitting on an 18 inch-tall plastic tub just downstream from Lake Itasca, visible in the background of this image. At the Headwaters, the Mississippi River is shallow enough for children to wade in it and chase the abundant minnows.