Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Grand Marais

Last weekend Patrick and I took a trip to Grand Marais, MN. On Friday when we were planning on leaving, it was pouring out and we almost decided not to go. We did end up going and we were both glad we did, it was nice to get away for the weekend.

Our first stop was in Duluth, the weather there was decent and Patrick had never been to Canal Park before so we did some exploring of the area. Our first stop was the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for truffles.

Truffles at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

We found a cool alley to take pictures. Patrick took most of these while I took a few pictures with my phone and sent them to Luke, since he is moving to Duluth in a few weeks.

Canal Park Part II

Canal Park

Then we made our way down to the harbor to see if any ships were coming in. After we got back to the car we even took a ride over the lift bridge before we headed north again.

The Duluth Harbor

After all of our messing around all day, we barely made to the campground with enough time to set up the tent before it got dark. Since it was almost dark by the time the tent was up, we ended up eating pizza at Sven & Ole's for dinner. Below is our campsite.

Tent Site

Here are the pictures of the birch trees in our campsite.

Birch Trees

After sleeping most of the morning, we decided we needed some breakfast. We headed to the Whole Foods Coop in Grand Marais and got most of the things we needed for the rest of the weekend. When we got back to the campground we had our breakfast, oatmeal squares in cups. This brought us back to Alaska, although the cups were much easier to handle on the picnic table than they were riding in the motorhome.

Our Coop Finds & Breakfast

We were planning on going on a 7 mile hike in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area to the highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain, but the weather looked pretty iffy, so we stayed around the campground instead.

Hiking Near the Campground

Sweetheart Trail Details

After the hike, we gathered wood for a campfire. Patrick built quite the elaborate stack of twigs and paper to get the fire started and by the time we started the fire he could hardly find the McDonald's bag to light.

Building a Fire

Even though we didn't go on the hike, we still wanted to do a little exploring on the Gunflint Trail. Just as we were about to turn around and go back to the campground, we saw this sign for a trail. The sign said it was 3.2km and we estimated that would be just over a mile, I guess it is more like two miles. That wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't a mosquito infested trail intended for cross country skiing. The first 10 minutes were fine, but the last 20 minutes were spent walking as fast as we could just to get to back to the car.

Hiking the Mosquito Trail

When we got back we made dinner, our standard chicken shish kabobs. Here is Patrick putting the vegetables on the skewers.

Shish Kabobs

And here is our chipmunk friend and I supervising the making of dinner.

Supervising the cooking

When we woke up Sunday morning, it was pretty foggy. Here is the Grand Marais lighthouse from the campground.

Grand Marais

After we packed up the tent, we headed to Gooseberry Falls and as you can see the weather changed dramatically in only a few hours.

Gooseberry Falls

After Gooseberry, we stopped in Duluth for a late lunch at Famous Dave's and a Rocky Road Caramel Apple at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Duluth on Sunday

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