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Aug 6, 2019 - Bears and Kettle Falls boat tour

The day started with Mary going to Breakfast with the bears at the Vince Chute Wildlife Center. This is somewhat controversial but Vince Chute was a lumberman and bears who interfered were being shot as they tended to rummage in the camps. He decided to start feeding them in a specific location to protect them and it's grown into this facility. These are wild bears who know food will be found a couple of times a day but do not live in captivity and roam the woods around here. There is a platform for viewing and visitors are bused to the...

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Aug 5, 2019 - Fort Frances Ontario

Today we crossed into Ontario with no problem and virtually no wait time. Fort Frances is a smaller town across from International Falls and we could smell a paper plant, also saw a lot of industrial piping as we drove into town. The museum was small but had a very interesting exhibit about the 1845 Franklin expedition that was lost trying to find a NW passage in the arctic. A grave was found about 3 years afterwards for 3 of the crew members and current research indicates they died of lead poisoning. Although there were extensive...

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Aug 4, 2019 - Rainy Lake boat tour

We first went into the metropolis of International Falls - population 6500. The downtown has many historic buildings and the Boise Cascade plant is there as well as other industries on both the Canadian and US side. We did see a large lumber transit with huge piles of logs stacked next to railroad tracks. The museum is in the Smokey Bear park that is the largest Smokey Bear in the country. He was decked out with a life vest - in a week or two will have fishing gear for the fishing tournament and in the winter he wears mittens and muffs. The...

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Aug 3, 2019 - Ash River

We took it easy today and went to the Ash River visitor center that is down a scenic road 129. It is in a 1930’s hunting lodge and we watched the park visitor films. One was about the Voyageurs park itself and the other told the story of the Voyageurs who transported furs and trade goods from Montreal to Churchill and the further reaches of the Canadian NW. These men traveled by canoe in the lakes and rivers and the trek included many portages as well. The trade took place from the 1700’s to mid 1800’s until the railroads and steamships...

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Aug 2, 2019 - The Pines of Kabetogama

This is a beautiful place - U Betcha. We are on the Cliffside area and the drive up to it is very steep - hoping it won’t be wet when we come down. The spot is back in but we have full Dish and WIFI is good as well as cell phone service so it’s just great. The view from our area is good and would be better if campers weren’t in the prime spots right on the cliff edge. There is a gas station close to us and outfitters for fishing in the summer and ice fishing in the winter. This is a relaxing place. Later those campers moved out for a day...

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Jul 10, 2017 - Kabetogama MN

Saturday was going to be a down day until 5:30 when we were booked on a private boat ride and tour over to see the Ellsworth Rock Gardens, which are best described here https://www.nps.gov/voya/planyourvisit/ellsworth-showplace.htm. During the day we got bored enough to head a few miles east to the Ash River Visitor's Center to wander and do 2 short walks; one to a Lake Kabetogama overlook and the other to see a beaver pond, neither of which amounted to much and were, as usual, wildlife-free. Just after 5:00 we headed about 15 minutes west...

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Jul 9, 2017 - Kabetogama MN

After a pretty impressive lightning and rain event at about 4:00 Wednesday morning, were were out of the very muddy campground before 10:00 Thursday and headed west on U.S. 2, then onto U.S. 53 through Superior, Wisconsin and it’s neighboring Duluth, Minnesota to our next destination, the booming metropolis of Kabetogama next to Voyageurs National Park https://www.nps.gov/voya/index.htm. Our original plan included a visit to VNP, then it got changed, now it is back on the menu because our scheduled visit to Chicago has been pushed back a...

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Jul 17, 2010 - Travel to Voyageurs NP

July 17 – Travel to Voyageurs National Park We took a zig-zag route through Minnesota countryside to Ash River to our non-KOA campground that was filled with fishermen and their boats. It took me many attempts to back into our site next to the pond but my favorite, patient guide got me where we needed to be. We hooked up our water, electric and sewer (but no cable) and then headed to the closest Voyageurs NP Visitor’s Center to learn about the park via a DVD in a private showing. The volunteers shared their experiences of 4 years of...

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