The Trec To Grand Portage

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End Aug 01, 2010

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Friday, July 23, 2010

  Our last several days north of Duluth were some of the most beautiful!  We decided to go all the way to Grand Portage.  It's a great little place with lots of interesting places all along the way. 
  We first stopped at a rest stop in the little village of Colvill. A very peaceful spot.  It's named after a Union captain that lead one of the most courageous charges of the Civil War.  The Confederate Army greatly outnumbered the Union troops, but Captain Colvill still charged with only 250 men.  They were all but wiped out leaving only about twenty men.  This noble effort saved the hill.  Covill was a summer place for the captain.
  After deciding to spend the night in Grand Marais, we chose to go further up toward the Canadian border.  There is a very interesting place there called Judge C.R. Magney State Park.  Within it's borders there are several unusual spots.  The first was a waterfall guarded by what we thought was a curious rock.  Both Mimi and I felt its powers.  It's just not explainable.  The power was similar to walking upon an Oracle of sorts.  We both felt its uniqueness in our own ways. 
  The next stop was called The Devils Kettle.  I probably enjoyed this physical curiosity as much as any place we hiked.  It is two waterfalls together.  One just continues to run down hill with the river.  The other has found a hole where the water just disappears!  Geologist have put dye into the hole trying to find its destination, but couldn't discover its path.  Some think it goes along a fault leading all the way back to Minneapolis!  That's about 100 miles as the crow flies.  At any rate, the Park Ranger thinks it may not ever be found due to EPA restrictions. 
  We then went to Grand Portage National Monument.  What a great place!  And it is done so well.  Minnesota has accomplished a wonderful job at all their parks.  Just magnificent!  The new cultural museum was a masterful plan.  All done with a thoughtful stroke showing the Ojibway Indian way of life during the 1780's.  The trade business was huge.  I never realized the importance between both parties.  Much wealth and assistance was developed between the USA and Ojibway.  Both profited in a grand way.  You'll also see a video of Minnesota's tallest waterfalls.  It's about 150 feet.  Very stunning.  Just can't see the huge size because there's nothing around to compare it to!  Just use your imagination!
  Grand Maraie gave us great dinners by providing a quaint little place called "The Dockside Fish Market".  I made an astounding pig out of myself there consuming copious amounts of herring fish along with some of the worlds best batter covered french fries!  (Two nights in a row!)  :-(   Ahhhh.  So full, so wonderful.  It was my favorite Millie!  (Inside joke)
  As a grand farewell, we stopped at Betty's Pies on the way back to Duluth.  A world known outlet of some of the most amazing goodies. Mimi had their pecan pie with cream whipping.  It was good enough to kill for(Maybe, someone who needed it.)   I can's say enough about how good the strawberry banana cream pie was.  So I won't.  Think my belt is saying it best... 
P.S.  It was my favorite...  :-)

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Tinkster on

What a beautiful and fascinating area, and also very interesting historically. Your brains must be stuffed to busting with all the info and sights and people you've seen on this trip! Too bad you can't stick a connection into your ear and download it directly onto a computer. So glad you two are having such a great time. Mimi is an incredible hostess--among other talents.

mimi.alexander on

I've had so much fun being your tour guide, gotten to see things I haven't seen for years, and seen some sights I've only heard about. It's been a wonderful time for me too and there's more yet to come, love!

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