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Jul 26, 2015 - Grand Portage National Monument

Date: July 26, 2015 Weather: sunny with a few fluffy clouds Temperature: start 66º High 78º Sitting by the lake, a jacket was needed, in the sun, it was warm Wildlife count: Year List: 312 Birds: Cedar Waxwings, Black & White Warbler, Bald Eagle, Common Raven, Turkey Vulture, American Crow, Herring Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls, Redhead Ducks, Common Mergansers, Chipping Sparrows, Getting up was very relaxed – we even watched a little TV from our bed in the hotel – the Weather Channel! After a lovely breakfast in the dining room, our day’s...

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Voyageurs Venture

Jul 25, 2015 - Drive up the North Shore of Lake Superior

Date: July 25, 2015 Ending mileage: 74456 Starting mileage: 74141 Total: 315 Tonight’s Destination: Grand Portage, MN Weather: mostly sunny, fog on Lake Superior Temperature: start 60º, but temps dropped to 54° as we traveled High 69º, but would climb to 80°, depending on the distance from the lake. Lake water temperature is 49°. Wildlife count: White-tailed Deer, Woodchuck Year List: 312 Birds: American Crow, Common Raven, Bald Eagle, Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Flicker, Broad-winged Hawk, Canada Goose, Rock Pigeon, Barn Swallow,...

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Voyageurs Venture

Sep 12, 2012 - Grand Portage

We decided to drive up Highway 61 to Grand Portage to see what we could while we're still in the area. The drive itself was much like the rest of 61: forest on either side (mostly conifers punctuated with lots of birch, both live and dead, shining among them) with occasional glimpses of Lake Superior through the trees on the east and mountains rising on the west. It's hard for an old gal who grew up near the Gulf of Mexico to comprehend that all that water is not salty! We spent several hours at Grand Portage National Monument. This was the...

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Sep 6, 2012 - Full Circle

Grand Portage, MN. We went full circle today, completing our trip around Lake Superior. Just before the Canadian border is Grand Portage National Monument, a marvelous place. It is the site of a trading depot built in 1789 by North West Company fur traders. We had a great tour guide who was more than happy to answer lots of extra questions. The doors have the original equipment on them. At one point the tour group became accidently locked into the building and our guide obligingly crawled out the window to unlock the door for us. Great guy!...

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Aug 3, 2011 - North Shore, Up to Grand Portage National Monument

What a glorious morning for a new exploration – off to the North Shore! We decided our route should start in Duluth and head from the beginning of the North Shore Scenic Byway until we reached Grand Portage National Monument. Bright, clear and sunny skies greeted us to start off the adventure and we were out of the coach before 8:00! Once we reached Duluth, we started to look for the Skyline Parkway to drive along presuming it began on the outskirts of Duluth. First and foremost, the most confusing thing around these parts is defining...

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Sep 28, 2010 - Grand Portage, MN

We left Duluth and rode up Minnesota Route 61 (Bob Dylan was born in Duluth - get the connection?) This road traverses the western shore of Lake Superior and goes to the Canadian border. We stopped at several state parks to view their waterfalls. It was a beautiful drive.

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Midwest Tour 2010

Jul 15, 2009 - Grand Portage photos

The bus is in Copper Harbor, Michigan We take so much for granted. It's hard to believe that anyplace in the US doesn't have cell service these days, but that is what we are finding along the shores of Lake Superior. We were in Grand Portage for 3 days and had no service. The casino had a pitiful Wi-Fi signal that allowed me to send out my last e-mail to you, but that was about it. With no way to upload photos or text on the journal, I find myself way behind. So enjoy these photos of Grand Portage. We are now in Copper Harbor, MI with no...

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Jul 10, 2009 - Grand Portage, MN

The bus is in Grand Portage, MN ======================================================================= Drivers Log: 591 miles this leg, 4136 miles total. Fuel Stop -- 49.02 gallons @ $2.579 How we got here: See Google Map "Drive to Grand Portage, MN" A to B 247 miles stay at Fortune Bay Casino RV Park, B to C 95 miles stay in parking lot of Super 8, C to D 249 miles stay at Grand Portage Casino Stamps this leg 1, 9 stamps total ======================================================================= Friday July 3 -- this was pretty much a...

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Jul 8, 2009 - Grand Portage, Minneasota

Hi everyone, Its been awhile since we have had no internet or cell phone service, we still don't have phone service. So on the 8th we drove over the Canada Border so we could drive across the top to Grand Portage, Minneasota. The border crossing we did get our rigs searched and then let go. Took us most of the day and an easier time getting over the US Border. We arrived at the Grand Portage Casino RV Park where we stayed the next 3 nights. Day 2 - Took a boat tour on the Wenonah(the slow boat to China)to Isle Royale National Park. The...

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Summer 2009

Jul 3, 2008 - Thu. - Grand Portage, MN

(Leaving: Jamestown, ND - Destination: Grand Portage, MN - 562 miles) 05:00 AM Another early morning. We all get up and JD gets in the shower. Jo Ann is not feeling well this morning. She is nauseated and has some pain in her back. It is probably her Gall Bladder acting up. So JD walks over to a store next to the Comfort Inn and gets a sprite in a very large cup of ice for her to sip on to try to settle her stomach. Then JD and Betty go to the lobby and get a quick bite of breakfast and Jo Ann stays in the room and sips on the sprite....

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JD's Vacation 2008

Jun 24, 2006 - Thunder Bay, Ontario

We are leaving Grand Marais and going into Canada to Thunder Bay, Ontario. We planned to stop at Grand Portage National Monument, but when we saw the size of their parking lot, we realized we might have a hard time getting in & out because of the length of the RV. This is the first white settlement in MN. It was the center of North American fur trade 300 years ago. Up the road a short distance is Grand Portage State Park, We wanted to stop here on the MN/Canadian border to see the highest falls in MN (part of the falls is actually in...

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