It's really, really hot and just plain ridiculous and awful here in fine old Oklahoma I usually head to Southern Colorado or New Mexico for a week to get out of the heat. However, the places I usually go in Colorado are rated as severe drought territIory.
It occurred to me that maybe I could head North. I've never been North of Chicago, and I went there in winter both times. I don't really know what to expect or where to go. I'm thinking Minnesota for some reason, but North Dakota would work too. I'd like to find a secluded, quiet woodsy place somewhere to pitch a tent and rent a boat on a lake, fish and let the rugrats swim.
Generally, is this a good/bad idea?
How hot is is likely to be in central to north Minnesota in early August? I don't want to drive 13 hours to camp in 95 degree weather. I could deal with a high in the upper 80s if it cools down at night. I don't like to sleep in a hot tent.
I have heard about misquitos and biting flies being a problem up North. Is that true, and are they around in August? Are there places to stay away from for that reason? Are the flies such a nuisance as to ruin a good day?
Any specific suggestions on places to go in the MN or ND areas?
And advice would be appreciated.