Today was an interesting day. It was cloudy and windy and chilly the whole day. Rain and mist came and went the further south I traveled. I had intended to go to Red Wing, Minnesota, along the River Road Scenic byway having done that once years ago. But the yucky weather nixed that idea. So I headed for Northfield, Minnesota. Many years ago we had stopped at St. Olaf and I remembered the Chapel there as being a beautiful place. It still is. The Boe Memorial Chapel was lovely. Someone was getting a lesson on the pipe organ while I was there which was a delight to hear. Then I picked up some breakfast and a cup of coffee at the lunch counter. I sat and watched the kids go by. Then headed into the campus store to shop some Scandinavian items that were fun.
I had spied another spire across town and driving over found myself at Carleton College looking at the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Carleton has its roots in the Congregationalist (UCC) church and is as strong a looking campus as St. Olaf on the opposite hill. The chapel is over 100 years old. I thought Northfield looked like a fun place with lots of old shops on mainstream and different restaurants along the Cannon River.
I drove further south to Fairbault, Minnesota, and saw another church spire rearing up out of the trees. It was an Episcopal Cathedral organized and built by Bishop Whipple. Much like the Methodist Brother Van in the Montana gold camps, Bishop Whipple organized a mission to the Ojibway and Sioux Indians in southern Minnesota and organized Episcopal congregations around the area. The building was closed when I was there, but I did get to hear the bells ring at noon.