The Itascan Motel
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I awoke early to the sun trying to shine through a thin haze. It is 50F this morning by the lake which feels comfortable standing still but will be cool on the road so I have my rain pant liner in my new mesh pants that Elizabeth gave me and I think that should be comfortable as more heat and perhaps rain is coming.
I have stopped for the …
Today we ventured west and journeyed across the rest of the UP, through Wisconsin to Duluth. On our way to Duluth, we stopped at a Wisconsin nature center- where i learned that the northern great lake area (i.e. up, wisco, min) has second to Alaska the number of wolves! wolves are a big deal up here. There is a lot of Lake Superior pride here. …
... in the forest that we were forced back.
Upon entering camp Doodle started going bonkers and trying to get under the coach. It turned out a turtle had taken a stroll and ended up there. The dogs went CRAZY trying to figure out what that darned thing was!
The rains have quit, the sun is shinning, the wind has calmed and it turned into a beautiful ...
... a hilly, lake-splashed landscape. Reminders of the ice age—in the form of the low gravelly ridges that are known as eskers—are prevalent in this area, especially near Turtle Lake. You’ll also revisit the Laurentian Divide, where a roadside kiosk supplies information.
I found this trip in one of our books - The Most Scenic Drives in America & really wanted to see this part of Minnesota. One of my "Must See Destinations"!
... interesting. And, by the way, there is also a Judy Garland Museum. She was born in Grand Rapids and lived here with her parents and siblings until the age of 4: 'Born in 1922, she was Frances Ethel Gumm when she crashed her older sisters' performance at their parents' Grand Rapids theater, making it through Jingle Bells before being carried off the stage.' ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Itascan Motel Grand Rapids
The owners seem to be nice people. The room had a smoky smell from smokers staying in it or smoking in the back bedroom or bathroom. the place was definitely dated but had lots of space to spread out my wet clothes.
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