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Saturday 27th September
Today we had a trip across the border into Cook County, Minneapolis and visited the pretty Lake side resort of Grand Marais. It's about 80 miles south along route 61 and took us about an hour and a half. I had to buy a 30 day visa at the border which cost $6.
Cook County is basically a 3,340 square mile national park. It's the place you ...
... who were also staying in Minneapolis for the night but by the time we were checked in it was after seven and the idea of getting back in the car and battling our way across town to have dinner accompanied by rather tired grumpy children was not so appealing.
We did decide to leave the hotel to find some fast food because we didn't want to be there any longer than needed. We had two rooms next to each other so we split the kids and headed to ...
... deck it sounded similar to the ocean with little waves lapping at the rocks and shore. It didn't have quite the rhythm of the ocean, lovely sound though.
Once everyone was dressed we headed out for a walk. The walk itself was just along a gravel road in front of the house but there were wild raspberries, many interesting fuzzy caterpillars and wild flowers along the way.
Mac'n'cheese Auntie Tina style was gobbled ...
... wilderness area full of campsites and water trails in which canoeists travel for days and even weeks across. We met some a family if 3 generations just returning from a 4 day trip and another group of young men returning from a 10 day, 75 mile trip. I visited with a couple who work for local outfitters and, on their day off, were headed out to an island to pick blueberries.
We launched our kayaks at Seagull lake and headed ...
... How do I sand the corrosion down enough to allow the tube to survive when I am beside the road in Northern Minnesota?" I remembered that I had some emery boards in my toilet kit and was able to use two of them ( all I had) to sand the rough spot down to a smooth surface. I then wrapped the rim in electrical tape to further protect it and remounted the tire to the rim. I should take a moment to note that I had purchased a set of really nice tire irons at the rally and ...