Being that Mother Nature has been confused this winter I figured those of you that aren’t in the area would be interested to see the status of the ice at the lakes in Alexandria. So with my drone in tow, yesterday, the first day of Spring, I parked at the Lake Geneva Public Access and recorded footage at the north end of Geneva.
Guilty. That I am, of spending too much time focused on my smartphone or tablet. But, I have gotten much better at living in the moment and my phone is put away when driving. You won’t see me walking through city streets looking at my phone and if I am with someone at a restaurant my phone is out of sight. It still amazes me when I visit large cities such as New York City that so many people are looking at their phones as they walk down the street and that there aren’t a higher number of fatalities resulting from a car or bus hitting a pedestrian that was updating their Facebook status. Anyway, back to living in the moment.
While I am enjoying the moment of winter and the holiday season in Minnesota, my mind has been wandering to summer moments. Thus, the video below. It is partly self-serving ofcourse as I’d like to keep people focused year round on summers in Alexandria and contacting me to help them buy or sell, but I also enjoy producing videos showcasing the lakes and Alexandria. So I put together a montage of clips from summer at Alexandria’s Chain of Lakes earlier this week. I’ll be interested to hear if anyone can name the famous Lake Le Homme Dieu woman that appears in the video. She was special and is dearly missed by many.
This video was recorded in the morning on December 3rd, 2016. It was a crisp, quiet morning in Alexandria and I made the mistake of not wearing gloves. It was getting painful so I had to cut my aerial visit short but did capture some decent video of the building and the north end of Broadway. When my quadcopter heads away from the court house towards Broadway you will see the former Central Junior High School. This is where I attended school from 7th to 9th grades and it is now the Law Enforcement Center as well as housing other government agencies such as a Department of Motor Vehicles office. On the east side of the building in the lower level is the Douglas County Library.
The Douglas County web-site has this posted about the building, “The official business of the county was held in officer’s homes until 1867 when the county commissioners voted to rent a small frame building on Main Street for the county offices. The first county jail was built in 1868. It was a 12 x 14 foot building of oak timbers with ceiling, floors, and walls one half foot thick. In 1875, the widow of William Hicks donated Block 34 of the Original Town Site of Alexandria to the county with the provision that it be used for building a courthouse. In 1876, a two story frame building with five offices on the ground floor was erected. The second floor was used as a courtroom. This building was used for over 20 years until the first courthouse at the present location was built in 1880 with a brick jail on the same lot.
The county government went through a reorganization in 1888 and new commissioners were appointed by the State Legislature. This was the last appointed county board as county commissioners have been chosen through the election process since.”
People that are new to the Chain of Lakes in Alexandria, Minnesota will often ask me about flooding. Usually, it is because of a previous experience at a lake that didn’t have any way of releasing water. The Chain does have an outlet thanks to the Long Prairie River. So, while there are summers that the water is higher than other summers, flooding isn’t a problem. A few summers ago there were some lots that were very level to the shoreline that did have the lake creep onto their land a bit and the only negative was work needed on landscaping near the shoreline.
The head of the Long Prairie river is at the northeast corner of Lake Carlos and the river ends around 94 miles miles later where the Crow Wing River begins. There is a dam with a parking area just beyond the outflow from Lake Carlos that I pass by often when driving to visit homes or to Lake Carlos State Park for a hike. I also pass by it often on my bike as I enjoy biking around Lake Carlos. For people that don’t live in the area the parking would be a handy spot to park and unload their bikes for a ride. During the summer there frequently are people beginning a leisurely tube ride on the river.
The Beginning of the Long Prairie River and The Chain of Lakes Exit
A Long Prairie Rive Selfie
[both videos recorded November 13, 2016]
Less than 48 hours before everyone in Alexandria, Minnesota was jarred back into reality with snow and ice I recorded a short trip around Little Darling. It is a counter clockwise trip beginning facing the properties along Casa Marina Road. If you look closely you can see Lake Alvin behind it. Big Darling is in the rear as the tour continues. You will see two points. On the right at the end of Casa Marina Lane is Glendovan Point. Across from it on the other side of the lake is Brown’s Point. It was named after a prominent businessman that came to Alexandria in 1860, L.J. Brown. Mr. Brown ran a real estate ad calling it “Point Delight” but that, I think fortunately, didn’t have staying power.
As the video continues you will see a distant view of some of the homes, cottages and cabins of Darling Drive until Carlos-Darling Drive is reached. Lake Carlos comes into view and after the channel between Darling and Carlos we are back to the properties off of Casa Marina Road.