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Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
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Where I stayed
Hamilton's Fox Lake Camp
Before I left Grand Rapids I went inside the Old Central School. It has been faithfully renovated and brought back memories of school days in the 1950s. The school has been listed in the National Register of Historical Sites. I had a crab sandwich and an American Mocha in the coffee shop - delicious! A couple of photos from the inside of the school are attached.
Highway 38 or 'The Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway' is 47 miles long and ends in Effie
From Effice - just a couple of houses and a gas station - I headed to Bemidji - of Paul Bunyan fame - along Highway 1. Again it was a beautiful drive in the afternoon sunshine. It was time to camp again, and I started looking for a nice camp site. It turned out to be located on Fox Lake - one af Minnesota's 12,000 lakes (according to the Highway 38 Discovery Guide, although Minnesota car plates have the number 10,000. Whatever the real number there are lots and lots of lakes here!)
The nice lady in the camp office showed me to my site, where I put up my tent next to enormous RVs. I feel like a small human being overwhelmed by New York skyscrapers. Towards evening I went back into Bemidji for dinner at the 'Country Kitchen'.
My next door-neighbour in the camp, Ralph, had said that coffee is served every morning at 8 in the camp office. We had had a little rain in the morning, but I made my way there without getting wet and sat down at a table next to Ralph and five other campers. (Their wives were probably happy to see them out of the RV.) Three of them were of Norwegian descent, one of them even spoke a little Norwegian, and the seven of us had a ball discussing every subject on earth. Like everybody else they thought my trip was a great adventure, and they offered much good advice for further explorations along the way.