It was a quick 40 miles from South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN. It required going through Superior, WI and then across the St. Louis River into and through Duluth, MN. Both areas are pretty industrial handling all the material and ship traffic that makes the trip from here across Lake Superior and through the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie into Lake Huron and beyond.
We are staying at the delightful Burlington Bay Campground, which is a city park in Two Harbors. We are in the new, big rig area equipped with 50 amp, full hookup sites with a wonderful view of Lake Superior. This is, without a doubt, the best park we have been in this trip. If you are in a motorhome, you pull in, and if in a towable, you back in so that your living area view is of the lake. There are multiple hookups at each site allowing this configuration - somebody had their act together when it was designed! We have excellent Verizon coverage and a clear shot to the satellite. This would be a nice place to spend significant time in the Summer!
Two Harbors itself is a resort town so it has ample restaurants, gift shops, retail shops, etc. to be very accommodating even though it is a somewhat small town.
Wednesday we didn't do much but recover from such an arduous trip but on Thursday we headed for a couple of state parks just north of Two Harbors. First was Gooseberry Falls State Park
which was all about the falls and required a bit of hiking but all in all it was very well configured so that even those with walking problems could see some of the falls but not the lower falls. There were many, many stairs required for its viewing access. The falls themselves were very accessible and you can see a great many people taking their lives in their hands as they scramble all over and around them - maybe in my younger day but not now!
We the headed a few more miles north to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
. This is a wonderfully maintained old lighthouse that was erected to guide many of the freighters that come through the area on the way to Duluth/Superior. With all the new electronic navigation aids, it's no longer in use but the historical society has really maintained it well and gives guided tours.
Friday was time for the long journey to near the top of the North Shore Drive
and then west along the Gunflint Trail
. They had closed a portion of the highway so we had to take a detour which added 10 miles each way for a total of 289 miles which took us most of the day. It was a pretty drive along the lake shore and then into the northern part of Minnesota and many of their 10,000 lakes. The road was not the best some of the time but was doable and Doris's hip and back survived nicely.
We just stayed in over the next three days and puttered around the Mothership, doing a little cleaning and watching sports.
Tomorrow we head for Gilbert, MN which is about 90 miles NW of here and we plan to access Voyageur National Park from there though it will be a pretty good drive as well as other areas of northern MN.