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Sep 26, 2017 - Grand Marais, MN

As you can see by the entry title we are back in the USA! There are a number of reasons for this decision. The weather was one of the main factors, add the fact that the campgrounds in Canada are closing and we just weren't sure what we would find as we continued. We have truly enjoyed our "Half Lake Superior Circle Tour", but we are heading back. We stopped in Grand Marais, a small fishing village along the northern Lake shore of Minnesota. Our campsite is right on the beach. We took in the shops, a couple of restaurants, the lighthouse...

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Sep 22, 2017 - Sleeping Giant

Fri, Sept 21 – “Autumn arrives in early morning, but Spring at the close of a winter day”. Elizabeth Bowen Sleeping Giant was our next stop. It is a peninsula north of Thunder Bay. If you use your imagination you can “see” the sleeping giant. According to the Ojibwa legend, Nanabosho, the Sleeping Giant, was forever put to sleep for accidentally drowning a Sioux brave. Our campsite was on Marie Louise Lake. When we pulled in we were in awe over the serenity of the place that we would be spending the next few days. To add to that we were...

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Sep 20, 2017 - Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

We entered Canada on September 15th after stopping at the Casino in Grand Portage to exchange some cash for Canadian currency and checking out High Falls. As we came into Canada we passed a large field with 100's of Sand Cranes. Which I'd gotten a picture of that. Sorry. Guess they are getting ready to head south. Our destination was Thunder Bay. It is a large city with the population of 100,000 located along a large bay on Lake Superior with high rugged pine covered mountains to the north. We never actually went into town, but found...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Stop 5 - Temperance River State Park - Schroeder, MN

We have Wifi for a few days, so I will try to catch up on our trip highlights. As we headed north out of Duluth we noticed a change in the terrain and fall colors. We drove through mountains as the elevation increase. There was less color, we were told that was due to the proximity to the lake and elevation. Usually this area is about two weeks behind the lower lake region. Our next stop was Temperance River State Park in Schroeder, MN. We camped in an area with many trails, waterfalls, agate beaches and large rock formations along the...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Duluth, MN

We have spent the last few days in Duluth. We spent time grocery shopping, doing laundry and washing windows. The weather has been amazing and we just had to get out and enjoy it! The downtown area of Duluth is beautiful. The hilly streets reminded me of San Francisco. There are brick roads and hanging flowers along the streets. We took the Downtown Lake walk enjoying views of the skyline. We joined others enjoying the fine pebble beach. Views of the Bayfield Peninsula in the distance are visible as we watch boats enter the canal between...

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Sep 8, 2017 - Madeline Island

One day we took the ferry over to the largest island, Madeline Island. We looked back at views of Bayfield and the other islands. We rented a tandem bike and rode for a little over an hour. Madeline Island was actually first inhabited by an Ojibwa band of the Lake Superior Chippewa and is now their traditional spiritual center. The first European settlers were French fur traders in the late 1600's. There is an informative museum with the history of the island. Now it boasts a population of 300 hundred year round and of course more during...

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Sep 7, 2017 - Stop 3 - Lakeshore Trail

We hiked today on the Lakeshore Trail to see views of Sea Caves and the Island shore line. It started at Meyers Beach. It was a good 3 mile (round trip hike). The first 0.7 mile was on a wooden boardwalk through the woods, then it got a little rougher. We hiked up and down over roots and rocks, through mud and lots of trees. But it was a beautiful day, cool and no mosquitoes. We finally reached our destination, views of the sea caves. Others opted for kayaks, but we stayed grounded. Afterwards we stopped at a local winery. The wine was a...

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Sep 6, 2017 - Apostle Islands, Bayfield, WI

Our next stop brought us to the Northern point of Bayfield Peninsula and the Apostle Islands. We stayed in a nice campground outside of town with trees and lots of privacy. Bayfield, once named "Best Little Town in the Midwest" by Chicago Tribune, is a nice port village. It has beautiful restored Victorian homes, cute shops, a busy wharf and views of the Apostle Islands. This area is known for all types of berries, blueberries are in season now, and apple orchards. There is a huge apple festival in October. The first day we walked around...

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Sep 1, 2017 - Stop 2

From Munising we headed north to the Keweenaw Peninsula. We stayed in Ahmeek along the shores of Lake Superior. The beaches here are completely different. They are full of agates and flat rocks washed smooth by the continual roll of the waves. We looked for agates instead of sea glass but didn't exactly know what they were. We just picked out some we liked for fun. Most of the time the waves were gentle. On the last day they picked up. We enjoyed beautiful sunsets most evenings. We traveled to northern tip of the peninsula to Copper...

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Aug 30, 2017 - Unofficial Stop and Stop #1

Due to lack of WiFi connections our Blog entries will be hit and miss. I will try to get you up to date. I am using my own maps to indicate where we are from this point on. Reminder: Click on the photo to get a larger view. After the Alpena build we headed north. We camped for one night just south of the Mackinaw Bridge. Stop One of our Lake Superior Circle Tour - Jack Pine Lodge, about half way between Manistique and Munising. We spent one day in Manistique where we checked out the old Water Tower, the red lighthouse and a local brewery....

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Aug 26, 2017 - Build Complete

This week we completed as much as possible, and if I do say so myself, we have done a great job. Skip spent most of his two weeks on a ladder. This week he worked on the fascia and soffits with Bob. I worked helped tape around the windows to make them weather tight, and put up the baffles- what a chore that was trying to use a staple gun upside down. Most of the roof is installed, the windows are in, and the doors are installed. The house is in great shape. What a good job, faithful crew! The map shows where we headed after Holland, up to...

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Aug 22, 2017 - Day off

The building continues, however, we do get a day off. (Sunday) Skip and I decided to take in some of the local sites. We drove up the coast along Lake Huron to enjoy lighthouses still active in the area. 40 Mile Point Light house Presque Isle Lighthouse The drive along Lake Huron was beautiful, the lighthouses were interesting and it was great to have a day off.

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