2014 Midwest USA Redux travel blog

Two Harbors, MN - Burlington Bay Campground - site 14B

Two Harbors, MN - Burlington Bay Campground - site 14B, another view

Two Harbors, MN - Burlington Bay Campground - site 14B, and another...

Two Harbors, MN - Burlington Bay Campground - site 14B - our...

Two Harbors, MN - Burlington Bay Campground - site 14B - many...

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 0 - our route -...

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 1 - in Superior, WI,...

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 2 - lots of industry...

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 3

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 4 - entering Minnesota

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 5

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 6 - we will drive...

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 7 - they did a...

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 8 - one of the...

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 9

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 10 -and of course, more...

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 11 - the Viking tunnel

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 12 - another freighter coming...

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 13 - leaving Duluth

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 14 - some of the...

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 15 - Entering Two Harbors

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 16

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 17 - downtown Two Harbors

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 18

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 19

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 20 - the lighthouse which...

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 21 - the new harbor...

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 22

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 23 - the Java Express...

South Range, WI to Two Harbors, MN 24 - everyone is eating...

Gooseberry Falls SP 1 - this fireweed has almost reached the top...

Gooseberry Falls SP 2 - Middle Gooseberry Falls

Gooseberry Falls SP 3 - the North Shore Drive bridge over Gooseberry...

Gooseberry Falls SP 4 - the river just above the middle falls

Gooseberry Falls SP 5 - the upper Gooseberry Falls

Gooseberry Falls SP 6 - no this isn't the lower Gooseberry Falls

Gooseberry Falls SP 7 - nope, not this either

Gooseberry Falls SP 8 - yes, this is the lower Gooseberry Falls

Split Rock Lighthouse SP 1 - the lighthouse and foghorn building

Split Rock Lighthouse SP 2 - the foghorn building from the shore...

Split Rock Lighthouse SP 3 - the lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse SP 4 - the view of the shoreline from...

Split Rock Lighthouse SP 5 - this view of the lighthouse was...

Split Rock Lighthouse SP 6

Gunflint Trail Trip 0 - our route - 289 miles

Gunflint Trail Trip 1 - one of the tunnels just north of...

Gunflint Trail Trip 2 - the other one

Gunflint Trail Trip 3 - a very long construction area with even...

Gunflint Trail Trip 4 - with lots of heavy machinery

Gunflint Trail Trip 5 - we saw a few of these unique...

Gunflint Trail Trip 6 - a view of the shoreline from one...

Gunflint Trail Trip 7

Gunflint Trail Trip 8 - entering Grand Marais, near the top of...

Gunflint Trail Trip 9 - a pretty church

Gunflint Trail Trip 10 - this was the only moose we saw!!!!

Gunflint Trail Trip 11 - but it was a pretty drive

Gunflint Trail Trip 12 - with lots of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes

Gunflint Trail Trip 13 - and the Superior National Forest

Gunflint Trail Trip 14 - some of it coming back from a...

Gunflint Trail Trip 15 - and more lakes

Gunflint Trail Trip 16

Gunflint Trail Trip 17

Gunflint Trail Trip 18 - and a few boggy areas - perfect...

Gunflint Trail Trip 19 - at the end of the trail was...


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.

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