Grand Ely Lodge
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... br> We watched them getting fed by hand and learned a little bit about their habits and almost extinction due to bounties on their heads which were in place up until the 1950's. They looked like big dogs and the most interesting thing for me was the family tree that showed how many popular breeds of domestic dogs came into being, all of which originated with the wolf.
Not a bad way to spend a rainy day.
Drove 246 miles in 5 hours.
Awoke to a dreary, cold and rainy day, weather that I think is more typical here than the previous two hot sunny days. We were strapped in for a long drive anyway so luckily for us it didn't really matter.
Our usual picnic lunch en route was foiled as we were too cold to eat outside of the car, so had to make do ...
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 ...
We caught TONS of giant smallmouth bass! The weather was decent, except for a couple of super windy days. We managed to avoid any bears or scary wildlife...just lots of chipmunks! As usual, the scenery was great. There's just something so cool about nature that's virtually untouched by man.
... next stay before you leave. And don't forget that Ely is but a 30 minute car ride and offers much to see and do for the whole family. I recommend taking a stop at the Bear refuge and checking out the huge clan of black bears! All in all our time at Bear Head was fun, relaxing, and most of all beautiful. I recommend it to anyone looking to really experience the great outdoors, without having to sacrifice certain basic amenities.