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Day 32. Friday 26 June 2015
Today we visited an underground iron Mine at Soudan. Interesting tour. We went down on the lift about half a mile and went on a train on the old ore train track. It closed in 1962 and was supposed to be a safe mine. the original workers were paid 3 times the rate to entice them there. they had to supply all their own tools and were paid piecework - the amount of ore that they dug out. The iron was very ...
Day 31. Thursday 25 June 2015
We drove to International Falls which is on the border with Canada. It is on Rainy Lake which is lovely. A nice town and we had a walk around, had coffee at a lovely cafe and drove on to a bog lake near Pelican Lake at Orr. it was peat and had a floating boardwalk. We saw some lovely flowers including orchids.We thought we would stop early today and it ...
... Bear Centre. After seeing so many bears in the wild and basically ******** myself about them and the danger they present, it was good to learn some more facts about these seemingly misunderstood creatures.
Apparently only the grizzly is aggressive with the other types being more scared of us than we are of them....though in Yellowstone we were sighting grizzlies so this news didn't really provide me ...
... in car feed.
Our destination being the town of Ely, which sits on the edge of an area called Boundary Waters, a series of lakes that are great for canoeing and spotting wildlife as well as serving as the border between the US and Canada.
It was in the high 50's when we arrived and raining, so no outdoor activities for us today. Headed off to the local steakhouse for some cow.
Spent five nights near Ely in the Boundary Waters Canoe area. The first was in the bunkhouse at the outfitters. Lot's of mosquitoes and tales of it being "worst ever" for them! Turns out once we got going it was manageable. The first day we canoed three times with portages over land three times. This involved carrying all the gear including canoes. Fortunately they were high tech Kevlar once making ...
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