Monday, July 12, 2010
Grand Marais to Grand Portage
We spent last night at the Municipal Campground in Grand Marais. A nice facility right on the harbor. On the way here, we stopped at Betty's Pies; a local institution since 1956. Bought a Minnesota Crunch. It's a pie made with a mixture of seasonal fruits. A truly great pie.
This morning, we all walked downtown. A perfect day. Sunny and in the low 70's. Gopher went swimming a few times. Carol went shopping for a warm zipper front sweat shirt. Found a nice one in the Lake Superior Trading Post. For $50 for a sweat shirt, I hope it's nice & warm. Stopped by The Worlds Best Donut shop. Only bought two but they were very good. Grand Marais is a nice little town. A typical summer resort like you find around The Cape, Jersey Shore, Maryland, etc.
We drove to the Grand Portage National Monument. That's as far north as you can go and still be in the US. We toured the museum which told all about the fur trade in the late 1700's. Beaver primarily.
On the drive to Grand Portage I spotted a large pull-off on the Lake side of the highway. When we left the Grand Portage Museum, we drove back on HWY 61 and found the pull-off. We're spending the night here. It's right on Lake Superior!!. The view is just perfect. Gopher & I took a few nice walks along the shore. Mostly it's small, very smooth rocks but there is sand here and there. All afternoon, people have been pulling in to go beach combing. Looking for those very "special" rocks. PaPa used to do that a lot on his trips. We have a lot of "special" rocks around our pond. Trouble is, we can't remember where they came from.
Later in the day, a dead fawn washed up on the beach right where we were. Rather then look at the poor fawn, I put on my rubber gloves and pulled it down the beach away from us. In due time, of course, the scavengers spotted the carcass. Look at the picture of the huge eagle.
Another wonderful day.