September Camping Adventures 2010      

FALL TRIP IN 2010 Continues

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Brian's Cabin   Flo sunning at Woodenfrog Campground
 
click on each photo for more pictures of Brian Murphy's Cabin or Woodenfrog State Forest Campground

LOCATION:  Kabetogama, Minnesota    SITE:  Woodenfrog State Forest Campground
DATE:  9/01/2010   SPACE:  38    TRIP:  59   DISTANCE:  193 miles

Wednesday September 1, 2010

We woke up about 6:15 and had breakfast. Yesterday the mosquitoes so bad we didn't have a chance to walk to the lake so after breakfast we did. It was nice and cool so the walk to the lake was nice. We walked for about a half hour and mom took pictures. After we finished our walk we left Moose Lake State Park. Our next campground is Woodenfrog State Forest Campground. But before we stopped there we went by a friend's cabin. The friend's name is Brian. Brian use to live in Minnesota and his family had a cabin on Lake Vermilion. We were in the neighborhood so we decided to go by and see it. Brian was adding on a basement to the cabin it wasn't finished yet. It was a very nice cabin. There was a porch that went completely around the cabin. The sleeping quarters were upstairs in a loft. If you had to use the restroom you had to use the outhouse. There was a boat dock and boat shed. the lake was very nice. When we walked to the lake I couldn't resist put my feet in it and getting a drink.After I finished we walked back to the Minnie. On the way back we stopped by an old camper.Brian's grandfather had built it. He used an old Cadillac. This was too cool not to look at. After we finished looking at the camper we left. As we were driving to Woodenfrog State Forest Campground we checked out another one that was just down the road from the cabin. Mom and dad wanted to make sure that the campgrounds were ok before go down the road. The campground was great so we went to Woodenfrog.

We arrived at Woodenfrog about 1. There is no electric or water so it didn't take too long to set up camp. After we found a spot we walked around the campground. We walked to the boat ramp and the lake. The lake is gorgeous. The lake's name is Kobelogama. Mom took pictures of the lake. Woodenfrog Campground has 61campsites, 2 boat docks , vault-type toilets and day use area. The day use area has boat ramp, picnic area, swimming area, restrooms with changing areas and public phones. There is a CCC building where there are interpretive programs for the Voyageurs National Park. The programs are scheduled boat tours, canoe trips, nature hikes and evening "fireside" programs. The Voyageurs National Park is on the other side of Kobelogama Lake. The only way to the national park is by boat. The Voyageurs National Park runs along the United States and Canada border. After we walked around the campground and mom took pictures we went back to our campsite. Once we got to the campsite mom barbecued sausages for lunch and gave me a snack. We had a very relaxing afternoon. We just hung around the campsite. We sat in our chairs until 7:00. Then we went inside for the evening. Mom worked on my website and dad read a book. I was tired so I slept.



click on photo for pictures of McCarthy Beach State Park

LOCATION:  Side Lake, Minnesota    SITE:  McCarthy Beach State Park
DATE:  9/02/10-9/05/10    SPACE:  44    TRIP:  59    DISTANCE:  131 miles  

Thursday September 2, 2010

Today when we woke up it was raining so mom and dad to stay in bed. I got mom up about 6:30 so she could feed me my breakfast. After she fed me she went back to bed. When I finished eating I climbed on mom's chair to go back to sleep. I didn't go to sleep right away because I saw a deer across the road from us so I barked at it. The deer didn't care she just stood there looking at me. Mom took a picture of it. I got bored a few minutes later because the deer walked away so I laid down and went to sleep. Mom and dad finally got out of bed about 9:30. The rain had stopped so they decided we would move on. Mom straighten up the Minnie and then both mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. While we were walking we met the host and a lady. They both had girl dogs. The host had a small dog named Mandy (she was 3 years old) and the lady had a black lab named Milly (she was 7 years old just like me). All three of us said hello while mom and dad visit with the host and lady. After mom and dad finished visiting we continued our walk around the campground. We walked for about 30 minutes. When we returned to the Minnie mom and dad had decided to go to International Falls. International Falls is located right at the border of Canada. It didn't take us too long to get there because it was only 25 miles from Woodenfrog. When we got there we drove around the town. Mom and dad stopped at a grocery store because they needed to get a couple of things. When they returned we drove by the border we didn't go over the border because it cost $8.00 and mom and dad decided it wasn't worth the money just to cross the border and come back. It was still cool. The border wasn't a fancy border crossing it only had one gate house. If we had gone over the border it would have taken us into Ontario Canada. After we drove by the border mom and dad stopped to grab a bite to eat. They ate while we drove to McCarthy Beach State Park.

McCarthy Beach State Park has 2 lakes. A small one named Side Lake and a large one named Sturgeon Lake. It has hiking trails, horseback riding trails and mountain bike trails. It has a beach, picnic area, boat ramp, docks for campers, fishing pier and showers.

We arrived at McCarthy Beach State Park about 3. We checked in and then set up camp. Our campsite had a gorgeous view of Side Lake and a lot of trees. The roads in the park are paved. After we finished setting up camp we walked around the campground because dad likes to get familiar with his surroundings. Dad also wanted to find where the hiking trails were. The map showed the trails but didn't show how to get to them so we went to the office to find out how. It was a very relaxing walk. When we got back to the Minnie it started to rain so we went inside. We spent the rest of day inside.

Friday September 3, 2010

It rained all night. We woke up about 6:20 this morning it was still rain. Mom and dad decided they would sleep in a longer. Mom slept all night on the coach and she was a little cold so she climbed upstairs with dad. We really don't have an upstairs up but mom pretends that we do. The bed is above the cab of the Minnie so mom calls that the upstairs. But before she climbed upstairs she fed me my breakfast. After I finished eating I went to her chair to sleep some more. Mom and dad slept until 9:30. Then they got up and ate breakfast. After breakfast the rain slowed down so mom and dad took me for a walk. We walked around the campground and part of the hiking trail. We walked about a mile of the trail. During our walk it was raining on and off. We got tired of the rain so we went back to the Minnie. Mom worked on her Sudoku book, dad read a book and I slept until lunchtime. Mom cooked up some chili and fed me a snack. After lunch mom and dad took me for walk. We walked to the beach. The beach area had changing rooms and a restroom with running water. It also had a place where you could rinse off your feet before you left the beach. We thought that it was very nice. When we got to beach the wind was blowing and it was cold. So we didn't stay too long. When we got back to the campsite we went inside the Minnie. When dinnertime came around mom made pancakes for dinner. Mom fed me my food. After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. We walked for about an hour. It was a very nice walk because the rain went away and the sun came out for awhile. While we were walking I met a lot of people and dogs. There were a lot of people in campground. I thinks it's because it's the last weekend of summer. I'm tired so I guess I will say goodbye until tomorrow.


SECOND WEEK OF FALL TRIP 2010 ADVENTURE: SEPTEMBER 4 TO SEPTEMBER 10

   

Flo exploring at Pickerel Lake Trail                                             Pickerel Lake           

   

Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary                                        Bears at the Sanctuary

Saturday September 4, 2010

The rain was gone so mom and dad got out of bed early 7:00 am. I was waiting for them. Mom slept upstairs with dad because it was going to be in the 30s and we had no electricity. I don't think it got that cold but it was cool. I don't mind the cold that's why I was waiting for them. Mom fed me my breakfast and then ate breakfast with dad. After breakfast we went for a hike. We hiked about 4 miles for 2 hours. We hiked the trail by the Side Lake for a 1/2 mile until we got to the main trail. We hiked the trail for 1/4 mile. Where there was a private property sign and the trail went to the left until it got to the main road. We hiked along the main road for 1/4 mile until we came to a dirt road which took us to the main trailhead parking lot. Dad looked at the map and decide we would hike along the shore of Trout Lake. We hiked along the shoreline until we reached the number 3 trail. We hiked the number 3 trail until we got to the ski trail. When we got to the ski trail we turned around and head back to the campground. We didn't go any farther because we had to be at the office by 11 to pay for another 2 nights. I was getting tired so it was ok by me to go back. On the way back we saw a squirrel crossing the trail. When I saw it I chased it up a tree and then mom took a picture of it. When we got to the campground mom and dad decided to put me in the Minnie before they went to the office because I really was tired. The hike was very nice. The trail was easy to walk because it was wide, had a lot of shade and the ground was soft with pine needles and mulch. I need to rest now because tomorrow we will take another hike.

When mom and dad got back from the office it was lunchtime so mom barbecued sausages for dad and her. Mom fed me a snack. After we finished our lunch dad finished his book, mom worked on her Sudoku book and I slept. About 1:30 mom and dad put things away in the Minnie and loaded me up in the Minnie because they were going to see bears at The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary. They couldn't see the bears until 5 so they decided they would go by McDonald's. While they were at McDonald's dad checked his e-mail and mom undated my website. After they finished we went to the bear sanctuary. We were early so we had to wait in line for about a half hour. While we were waiting mom open a couple of windows for me and got my dinner ready. When they finally opened the gates we went inside. Dad parked the Minnie in the RV parking area. Mom gave me my dinner and water. Then she said good-bye. Mom and dad took a bus to where the bears were. Once they were at the sanctuary they climbed on a platform to see the bears. It was great to see the bears. They saw cubs with their moms and other bears come in the sanctuary. The sanctuary was formed because when Vince Shute was alive he use too feed the bears in order to protect his property. He was afraid that the bears would starve when he died so he formed a club to take care of the bears. Mom and dad weren't gone long because dad was a little disappointed. The reason for the disappointment was because the people that ran the sanctuary were feeding the bears so the bears would come to eat. Mom and dad really don't think this is right because the bears were getting too use to people. They were glad they went to see the bears but they wouldn't do it again unless someone really wanted to. When we got back to the campground it was 7:15. After dad parked the Minnie mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. When we returned mom fixed dad and her ham sandwiches for dinner. Mom gave me a little snack. After dinner we called it a night.         


       

Hiking the trails at McCarthy Beach State Park                          Enjoying the beach at Sturgeon Lake                                      Float Planes on the lake              

Sunday September 5, 2010

We woke up about 7:15. Mom fed me my breakfast then sat down with dad and had breakfast. after breakfast we went for a hike. We hiked for 3 1/2 hours for 7 miles. We started our hike the same way we did yesterday but when we got to the trailhead parking lot we hiked 1 mile around Pickerel Lake. When we reached 2 trail (Big Hole) we hiked it. It was 2 miles long. When we got to trail 5 we hiked it back to the beginning of our hike. It was a great hike I met a few people and a couple of dogs. One dog was a pup and she I played a little while her name was Abbie. The other dog and I wanted to play but her dad didn't want us to. So they continued their hike. When we finally got back to the campground I was very tired. When we were hiking the trail along Side Lake I did a little exploring. As I was exploring I lost dad so I ran back to mom looking for him. Mom told me that dad was just ahead of me but I still couldn't find him. I saw the lake so I decided to go swimming. Mom called me back but I didn't listen to her because I wanted to go swimming. When I ran down to the lake there was a man and his dog on the bank fishing. The man really didn't trust his dog with other dogs so he tried to keep her back. Mom tried to get me to come back to her but I ignored her. Dad heard her call me back so he came back to us and called me. I went back to him because I was excited to see him. I stayed close to him for the rest of the hike because I didn't want to loose him again. When we got back to the Minnie we rested until lunchtime.

After lunch we stayed around the campground because I was too tired to leave. I didn't stay too long outside in my chair because the flies were bugging me so I went inside. While I was inside mom and dad went for a walk. They walked along Side Lake. As they were walking they saw a few float planes on the lake. They told me it was neat because they saw them take off. While watching the planes they saw play enjoying the lake. People were tubing, boating and swimming. After awhile they came back to me. A little later they took a shower. After they took a shower they decided to walk to the beach. They left me in the Minnie because I was very tired. While they were at the beach they saw people enjoying the great weather we were having today. People were swimming, water skiing, boating, picnicking and just enjoying the beach. They were walking around the beach when they saw a couple of float planes land their planes on Sturgeon Lake. They landed their planes on the lake and then they glided the planes to the shore. They told me it was neat watching them do this. As the pilots were gliding to the shore mom and dad walked where they were so they could take pictures. After they took pictures they came home.

An hour after mom and dad came back mom and dad made dinner. They had sausage and pork steak wraps and mom fed me my food. After dinner I went back inside because the flies were still bothering me. While I was inside mom and dad went for a little walk around the campground. When they got back mom took me for a walk. We didn't go too far because I was still tired. When we got back we called it a night.   



   

Click on each photo for more picture of Tower Train Museum or Soudan Underground Mine



click on photo for more pictures of Bear Head Lake State Park

LOCATION:  Ely, Minnesota    SITE:  Bear Head Lake State Park
DATE:  9/06/10-9/07/10    SPACE:  10 and 66    TRIP:  59    DISTANCE:  152 miles

Monday September 6, 2010

We woke up about 7:00 mom fed me my breakfast and then sat down with dad to have breakfast with him. Today we're moving to Bear Head Lake State Park for a couple of days. First mom and dad want to do a couple of mines tours. Before we left McCarthy Beach State Park mom and dad took me for a walk down the lake trail. We walked for about a half hour and then went back to the Minnie. Once we were back we left McCarthy Beach. We had a great time at McCarthy Beach I met a lot of people and dogs. Mom and dad saw the biggest woodpecker they had ever seen. It had a red head And was very fast. Mom wanted to take a picture of him but didn't have the camera ready in time. Now it's time to move on to our next adventure.

We drove to the Hill Annex Mine State Park (an open pit mine) so mom and dad could go on a tour but it was closed. Mom and dad were very disappointed. The park didn't even have a sign to tell people its hours. So we left the park. We drove towards Soudan Underground Mine State Park. On the way to the mine we stopped in Tower for lunch. Dad pulled off the road in Tower where there was a train museum. Mom took me for a walk and then she and dad toured the train. They walked through the train cars and took pictures. After they finished walking through the cars they came back to the Minnie and me for lunch. Mom and dad had ham sandwiches and mom gave me a snack. After we finished our lunch we continued our adventure to Soudan Underground Mine State Park.   

When we got there it had a big sign telling you their hours. Mom and dad got there right on time for the tour. The tour was 1 1/2 hours long. They watched a short movie and then they put on a hard hat because they were going in the mine. The mine was 1/2 mile underground. They had to take a gated elevator down it took them 2 1/2 minutes to get to the 21 floor. Once they got there they loaded in a mine car and went to the main mine. Once they got there they had to climb a 36 steps spiral staircase. When they got to the top of the staircase they were in the main mine. They learned about the working condition of the miners. The mine was closed in 1962 and the state bought it for a dollar. The state started doing tours in 1965. They had a great time on the tour. The tour guide was excellent. After the tour mom dad came back to me. Mom took me for a walk and then we headed to Bear Head Lake State Park.

We arrived at Bear Head Lake State Park about 3 and dad checked in. We drove around and found a site for the next 2 days. Dad drove back to the office and paid for the nights. Once we setup camp we went for a walk around the campground. We walked to the lake. We walked the beach trail to the beach. The beach was nice as we were at the beach we saw people have a picnic. Dad asked them who was from Texas. Slowly people started to raise their hands. Mom and dad said we were from Austin Texas. The people that had their hands up said they were from Austin. I thought that was so cool. What are the odds that they would be from the same place as us? They had a couple of dogs but one of them didn't get along with other dogs. That was ok with me because I was still tired from my long hike yesterday. After mom and dad finished visiting with the people we went back to the Minnie. Once we were back at the Minnie we called it a day. Mom cooked some stew for dad and her dinner. She fed me my food. After dinner mom made cookies for dessert.. It's time to say good night.  

Tuesday September 7, 2010

It rained all night and it was still raining. Mom and dad decided to sleep a little longer. But dad had to get up and take care of me because my ear was bothering me. Dad cleaned my ear. I liked that because it felt so good. After he finished cleaning my ear he climbed back in bed. Mom and dad finally got up about 9:30. Mom fed me my breakfast and then sat down with dad for breakfast. It was still raining but mom and dad still took me for a walk around the campground. We didn't do much all day because it rained on and off all day. Mom and dad took me for a few walks around the campground and by the lake. Because we didn't do much today it was a little cold in the Minnie so mom and dad decided to work down to the office and change our site to a site with electric so we could run the heater. There was no problem changing sites because it was only for a night and there wasn't a lot of people in the park. When dinnertime came around mom and dad had tostadas and I had my food. After dinner we went for another walk. During our walk we met a few people. Mom and dad talked with them while they were paying attention to me. This made my day. The rain had stopped and there was a rainbow so mom took a picture of the rainbow. Now I'm tired so it's time to say good night.


   

click on each photo for more pictures of International Wolf Center or Temperance River State Park

       


              Two brothers sleeping in their enclosure                The wolf exhibit at the International Wolf  Center            Watching a gray wolf wondering around his home

       

            Flo enjoying Lake Superior                                                       The shore of Lake Superior                       The observation bridge at Temperance River State Park


LOCATION:  Silver Bay, Minnesota    SITE:  Temperance River State Park
DATE:  9/08/10    SPACE:  04    TRIP:  59    DISTANCE:  114 miles

Wednesday September 8, 2010

We woke up about 7:30. We're not in any hurry today because mom and dad are going to the International Wolf Center in Ely. Ely is only 20 miles from here. Dad went over to take a shower while mom got up and got dressed. Then mom took me over to the restroom so she could take a shower. We got there right in time dad was just finishing up so he took me back to the Minnie while mom took a shower. When mom got back she fed me and then sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast mom took me for a walk around the campground while dad got the Minnie ready to go. When mom and I returned to the Minnie we left. We left at 9:15 the International Wolf Center didn't open up until 10 so this gave us plenty of time to get there. The drive was nice and relaxing. We drove through Ely. Ely is a very nice little town. At the end of town there is a Visitor Center and right outside of town the wolf center was located. We got there right on time. Mom and dad went inside while I slept. They walked around the exhibits in the center and looked out the windows of the center to see the wolves. There were 4 wolves in the exhibit. The exhibit is over an acre of land. There is another exhibit for the older wolves which is about 1/2 acre. This exhibit is where they retire the wolves when they turn 10 years old. They go in retirement because usually because the keepers don't want them to get hurt among the younger ones. There are 2 wolves in retirement right now. Both of them are brothers. Their names are Shadow and Malik. Malik was put in retirement because he has arthritis and Shadow was put in retirement because he got a little aggressive towards a younger wolf  and lost the battle. The keepers didn't want either one to get hurt so they retired them both. There is one female and she is the Alpha wolf of the pack. The other 3 male wolves haven't showed any sign of who wanted to be the Alpha male. Mom and dad saw a movie and went to a presentation called Wolf 101. They enjoyed this exhibit very much. They learned a lot about wolves. There are two different types of wolves the red wolf and the gray wolf. The wolves here in the International Wolf Center are gray wolves. The wolves that are out in the wild usually only live until they're 8 years but in captivity they can live until they are 12 or 14. They saw the wolves play and just do their every day thing. They thought this was more realistic then the bear viewing they saw. The wolves are only fed once a week because if they were out in the wild they would only eat every 7 to 10 days. When mom and dad returned to the Minnie it was lunchtime. So we went to the visitor center and had lunch. Mom made sandwiches for dad and her. She gave me a little snack.

After lunch we drove down the coast of Lake Superior. It was a nice drive. We drove through a couple of State Forrest Campgrounds but dad and mom thought maybe they would need electric for the night. So went down the road. The first state park we stopped at was Tettegouche State Park but we didn't stay long because it was full. Tettegouche State Park had a big parking lot so dad parked the Minnie. Mom and dad went for a short walk to a bridge to take a few pictures of Baptist River and Lake Superior. They weren't gone long. When they came back we drove 20 miles down the road to Temperance River State Park to get a site for the night. There weren't any electric sites available but it was getting late so dad took nonelectric site. Temperance River State Park is gorgeous and has a lot of hiking trail. We only going to be here for a night so we couldn't do too many hikes. Mom and dad setup camp for the night and then took me for walk around the campground. We walked a trail that went over a bridge. We had to climb down some stairs to get to the bridge. I don't mind climbing up and down stairs but mom sometimes complain about it. Today she didn't mind but dad likes to tease her about it. Once we got to the bridge there were a lot of people there. One lady pet me and then told dad to watch the V in the fall because you can see salmon trying to swim up the fall. We watched the salmon for awhile mom tried to get a picture of them but they were too fast. A park ranger told us that the the salmon were pink salmon and only live for two years. Some of them do make it over the lower fall but can't quite make it over the bigger one. This was fun watching. We walked around the bridge and then went across the road to look at Temperance River flowing into Lake Superior. After awhile we head back to the campsite. But before we got to the site we walked down to Lake Superior. We walked along the beach. We met a few people and a few dogs. I put my feet in the lake. That felt so good. As I was enjoying the lake I decided to drink the water. After I finished we went back to the Minnie.

When we got back mom and dad barbecued sausages for their dinner. Mom fed me my food. After dinner mom and dad took me for another walk around the campground. This time we hiked the trail that went along the shoreline of Lake Superior. We climbed down some more stairs, climbed over rocks and walked along the shore. The shore had a lot of rocks. It was fun climbing over the rocks because it gave us a challenge. We walked to a picnic table and sat there for awhile. While mom and dad were enjoying Lake Superior I did a little grazing. It was very nice and peaceful. After awhile we started back to the campground. When we got to the campground we decided to go down another trail. This trail went down to the shore of Lake Superior also. But once we were on the shore it was a little more challenging climbing over the rocks because at places there was a lot of mud. I walked through some of the mud and it turned my feet black. Dad took me down the rocks so I could put my feet in the lake to clean them off. This was a challenge because there was no easy way down to the lake. But dad figured it out and I cleaned my feet. Afterwards we went back to the campsite. Once we were back we went inside for the night.


       

click on photos for more pictures of Grand Marais or Grand Portage or Cascade River State Park

       

The lighthouse at Grand Marais                                          The National Coast Guard                                                 An artist trail                        

       

            Grand Portage National Monument                                  A canoe used by the Voyageurs                            The trading post of North West Company


LOCATION:  Lutsen, Minnesota    SITE:  Cascade River State Park
DATE:  9/09/10 - 9/11/10    SPACE:  C3 - A18    TRIP:  59    DISTANCE:  25 miles

Thursday September 9, 2010

I woke up at 6:30 and I was ready to get up but mom and dad weren't ready to get out of bed. Mom told me to go back to sleep because it was too early. I whined a little but mom and dad ignored me so I finally laid down and went back to sleep. Mom and dad finally got out of bed about 8:30. We weren't in any hurry to leave Temperance River State Park because we were only going down to Cascade River State Park. Cascade River State Park is only 25 miles from here. We're going to stay there for three nights. After mom and dad got up mom fed me my breakfast and then sat down with dad for breakfast. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. Afterwards we left Temperance River State Park. We arrived at Cascade River State Park about 9:30. Dad asked if we could get a site with electricity for three nights. The lady in the office said they didn;t have any sites in the park with electricity. Dad was surprise because the lady at Temperance River State Park said they had some. The lady told him that we could have the park host site for two but would have to move Saturday. Dad said that was ok. The park host had just left today and the new one wasn't going to be here until Saturday. So we went to the site and put our ticket on it. After we claimed our site we left and drove down Lake Superior coast line. It was a very nice drive. We drove to Grand Marais which is 36 miles from the Canadian border. We stopped in Grand Marais for a little while. Dad parked the Minnie in a parking lot by Lake Superior. Mom and dad left me in the Minnie while they walked around. They walked a small trail on the coast line. As they walked the trail mom took pictures. They walked a rock wall. As they walked the wall they saw beautiful rock formations that were built by people. They walked to a lighthouse and climbed the staircase as far as they could. They took pictures of the bay and the U.S. Coast Guard Station. They walked for about an hour. The bay was beautiful. Grand Marais is a quaint little town. It has small shops, places to eat and a RV park. When mom and dad returned to me we continued our adventure down the coast. Mom and dad wanted to drive to the border.

As we were driving towards the border we saw a sign that said Grand Portage National Monument. So mom and dad decided they would stop. They left me in the Minnie again because I'm not allowed to walk through a National Monument. Grand Portage was a trading post in 1784. The Voyageurs (French for "travelers") would travel from Montreal to Grand Portage to trade their furs. They traveled by canoe for 3,000 miles. The canoe was made of white birch bark, weighed 450 pounds when wet and held 16 men. Mom and dad walked around where the trading post was. People that worked at the monument dressed like they did when the trading went on. Mom and dad walked through the warehouse, kitchen and great hall. As they were walking around the workers talked about the site and what people did there. There were a couple of gardens in the complex. The vegetables that were growing in garden were vegetables that were eaten at that time. Mom and dad had a great time walking through the complex and learning about the Voyageurs. When they finished walking through the monument they stopped at the Heritage Center, where they watched a movie, looked at exhibits and learned more about the Voyageurs. When they were finished they came back to the Minnie. Dad took me for a walk around the parking lot while mom made sandwiches for lunch. Mom gave me a snack.

After we finished lunch we continued to the border. The border was only 6 miles from here. Once again we drove to the border and then turned around. We drove through a rest area right by the border. Then we headed back to Cascade River State Park. Once we got back to the park we went back to our campsite. It was early so mom and dad took me on a hike. We hiked to the lake where I got a chance to get my feet wet. In fact I slipped on the rocks because there was moss on them so I got more than my feet wet. That was ok at least I didn't get hurt. After I drank some water we hiked part of the Cascade Falls trail. We hiked about 1 mile of it. We climbed a lot of stairs to see the Cascade River flow and the falls. It was a very nice hike. It wasn't too hard. After mom took pictures we walked to the office. The office is about a half mile from the campsites. I was tired so it took us awhile to get there. Dad wanted to know what the weather was going to be like tomorrow. After he found out we went back to the Minnie. As we were walking back to the Minnie I saw a few people and I met a Basset Hound named Cesar. He and I checked each other out and than I left. Once we got back mom barbecued some sausages for dinner. Mom fed me my food and then sat down with dad for dinner.

After dinner we went for another walk. We hiked part of the Cascade River trail. We hiked a short loop. We hiked about a mile. After we finished we went back to the site and called it a night.        


               

Cascade River feeding into Lake Superior                                         Cascade River                                                                Lake Superior                              

         
 Dad and me resting at Lookout Mountain                      Mom checking out the backpackers shelter                              Check out Lake Superior              

   
Friday September 10, 2010

I woke up about 7 but I let mom and dad sleep until 7:30. Mom and dad climbed out of bed. Mom fed me my breakfast and then sat down to have breakfast with dad. After breakfast we went on a 5.6 miles. We decided to hiked a different trail then we did yesterday. We took Lookout Mountain Trail. We hiked to the bridge that went to Cascade River. We turned to the right instead of walking over the bridge. We had to hike up stairs and up a hill to get to Lookout Mountain. There are a lot of ski trails through out the park. We had to hike some of the trails. I like these trails better than the hiking trail because the trails were wide. The ground on the trails was soft with grass and pine needles. Also most of the ski trails were down hill. The hiking trail had a lot of tree roots in it so you had to be careful you didn't trip over them. When we climbed up the hill it was pretty steep. When we got to the top of the hill I was tired and so was mom. Once we got to Lookout Mountain the view was gorgeous. We saw Lake Superior and the hills full of trees. We rested there for awhile. Mom took pictures of the lake and hills. We decided to take the long way back to the campground. The longer way down was only about 1/2 mile longer. On the way down the mountain we passed by a very nice backpacker shelter. It was made of logs and had a roof on it. The shelter had logs on three sides and two benches inside. Dad took pictures of mom in it. As we were hiking the trail there were signs telling you where you were and which way to go. We also crossed over a couple bridges. When we hiked back to one of the bridges we hiked over earlier dad took me down to the creek so I could get a drink and cool off my feet. While I was doing this mom stood on the bridge looking at me. After I finished drinking we continued our hike. When we got to the bridge at Cascade River I saw a few people and a dog. I was tired so I didn't even say hello. When we got back to our campsite we went to our chairs and rested. When lunchtime came around mom barbecued bacon for dad and her lunch. She gave me a little snack.

After lunch we decided to go for another hike. We hiked another 5.2 miles. I was tired but I wanted to go with my mom and dad. We decided to hike a different trail then we did this morning. When we got to the parking lot instead of taking the trail that went to the bridge we took the trail to the right that took you up a hill. This trail was mainly a ski trail so it was nice and wide. The trail ran along the state park boundary and the national forest boundary. We hiked the trail to the highway. Once we got to the highway we crossed the highway to continue our hike along the shores of Lake Superior. We hiked along the shore for 2 miles. We stopped a couple of places to look at the lake. The lake was real rough today because the wind had come up. We walked down to the lake so I could get my feet and get a drink. I wanted to go in the lake but once I got down to the lake it was too rough so I didn't want to go in. I still got my feet wet and a drink. After I finished we went back to the campground. When we were almost back to our site I had to stop and say hi to my friend Cesar. After I said hi we went to our site. Once there we rested until dinnertime. Mom barbecued some pork for dinner. Mom and dad had wraps and I had my food. After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground and then we called it a night because I was very tired.     


THIRD WEEK OF FALL TRIP 2010 ADVENTURE: SEPTEMBER 11 TO SEPTEMBER 17



   

Lake Superior from Lookout Mountain                                     The shores of Lake Superior            

Saturday September 11, 2010

I woke up my normal time but today I let mom and dad stay in bed until 9. It rained all night and it's still sprinkling so we're going to stay in the Minnie all day. Mom fed me my breakfast and then sat down with dad for breakfast. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. Today we moved from the park host site to the site across the street so when we got back we did. After we setup camp again we stayed in the Minnie. Dad read a book, mom worked on her Sudoku books, and I slept. It was ok with me that we were going to stay in doors all day because I was still tired from the hiking we did yesterday. When lunchtime came around mom cooked up soup for dad and her. Then she gave me a little snack. While we were in the Minnie dad heard something outside. So he went outside to check it out he found out there was a chipmock in the motor of the Minnie. He chased it away. Dad went back to reading his book. Mom got bored about 2 so she made dad and me go for a walk away the campground again. When we got back mom baked some blueberry muffins. While the muffins were baking the chipmock came back. Dad chased it away. Dad was worried about the chipmock destroying something. After the muffins finished baking we drove to the office and changed sites. This made dad relax about the chipmock. When dinnertime came around mom cooked up chili for dinner and fed me my food. After dinner mom baked cookies. After awhile mom and dad took me for another walk before we called it a night.


   

click on photos for more pictures of Ely Harvest Moon Festival and Split Rock Lighthouse



       

Dad warming his hands                                        Carved a chair with a chain saw                                          Donna Surface signing


       

                Split Rock Lighthouse                                                 One of the keepers home                                  One of the tunnels going to Duluth and Hermantown


LOCATION:  Hermantown, Minnesota    SITE:  Walmart Parking Lot - Menards Parking Lot
DATE:  9/12/10 - 9/13/10    SPACE:  0    TRIP:  59    DISTANCE:  240 miles

Sunday September 12, 2010

We woke up early today because we're going to Ely for their Harvest Moon Festival. Ely is about 100 miles from Cascade River State Park. Mom and dad got up about 7. Mom fed me my breakfast and then she sat down with dad for breakfast. After breakfast mom straightened up the Minnie and then we all went for a walk. We walked around the campground. When we returned to the Minnie we started down the road to Ely. We had so much rain yesterday that on the way to Ely we saw water coming out of the rock hills. Some of them looked liked waterfalls. When we got to Ely it was 9:45 and the festival didn't start until 10. Mom and dad found a parking spot and then walked to the festival. They left me in the Minnie because there would be too many people and I would be happier staying in the Minnie to sleep. Of course they were right. The Harvest Moon Festival is a street fair. The festival had 125 arts and craft exhibits, live music by Pat Surface and the Boundary Boys and Lumberjack events. Mom and dad had a great time. There was a primitive camp where people dressed up like mountain men and had tents and tee pees setup to sleep in. Mom and dad said it was neat because they saw the people in the camp making primitive tools. The wind was a little chilly so when they got to the fires it felt good on their hands. The camp also had things for you to buy. When 11 came around mom and dad went to the bleachers to watch the Lumberjack events. The Lumberjack events mom and dad watched was log rolling, chain saw carving, ax throwing contest and x-cut sawing. Mom and dad were glad they weren't doing the log rolling because the water the two guys fell into was 53 degrees. The chain saw carving was cool because they guy carved a little chair out of wood with a chain saw. After they watched the Lumberjack events they listened to Pat Surface and the Boundary Boys. This group was a two men group. Pat Surface did the singing and the other guy played the ukulele. Pat's wife, Donna would sign while he sang. She was excellent. Pat sang Bluegrass, Folk and Soft Rock. Mom and dad listened to them for over an hour. When they got back to me. They took me for a walk and then we went to the visitor center and had lunch.

After lunch we went to Split Rock Lighthouse. Once we were at the lighthouse mom and dad took a tour of it. The lighthouse is no longer in use but you can still tour it. Before the tour mom and dad watched a movie about it. The tour was 44 minutes long. The lighthouse was built to help guide boats into the harbor of Lake Superior. It wasn't built until the steel industry got tired of losing their boats. They went to Congress got money to built it. The signature of this lighthouse is a white light and the fog horn goes for two seconds ever eighteen seconds. During the tour mom and dad walked through a keepers house and the lighthouse. The staircase to the tower of the light house wasn't as narrow as the one they toured in Oregon last year. the view of Lake Superior from the lighthouse was magnificent. The lighthouse ran from 1910 to 1969. Now it's just open for tours. When mom and dad returned to the Minnie they took me for a walk around the parking lot. After our walk we left Split Rock Lighthouse and went to Duluth. Once we were in Duluth we found a Walmart to stay at for the night.

Monday September 13, 2010

Today we didn't do too much. We woke up about 7 and had breakfast. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around Walmart's parking lot. When we got back the parking lot was getting busy with trucks doing deliveries so we had to leave. Today was a laid back day. We had to find a place that did mufflers because the exhaust pipe of the Minnie was ready to come off. As we were driving to the muffler shop dad stopped at U-Haul to get propane because we were low. Then we went to the muffler shop. The first place we stopped at was Midas and they refused to work on RVs. So we had to find another shop. The next shop dad wasn't sure about so we continued down the road. We drove to a third shop called Kenwood Muffler and Brake. At first the man didn't want to work on the Minnie but dad convinced the man to look at it. Once the man looked at it he said ok. It didn't take too long for him to replace the tail pipe. Next stop was to do laundry. The shopping center right behind the muffler place had a laundry and grocery store. Mom and dad went in to do laundry and found out the place was all automatic and you needed a card. Dad tried to buy a card but both of the machines were out of cards. Another customer told mom and dad that there was another laundry a couple of miles away. We went over there and that was great mom and dad did laundry. After we finished laundry we went across the road to vacuum out the Minnie. Once again our luck wasn't too good because the two vacuums we tried didn't work. Dad had seen a vacuum cleaner at a gas station down the road so we went there. When we were pulling in a man had car trouble and was pushing his car all by himself so dad went over to help him. While dad was doing that one of the vacuums was still running so mom started to vacuum out the Minnie. When dad came back he took over vacuuming. He was almost finished when the vacuum shut off. Mom put money in the other vacuum and dad finished vacuuming the Minnie. The next stop was McDonald so mom and dad could check their e-mails and update my website. While they were at McDonald they had lunch. After they finished what they need to do they came back to me. Like always I was very excited to see them. We were parked in Menards parking lot so mom and dad decided they would walk through Menards because they never had been in one. They were very impressed by it. When they got back we went down the street to a SuperOne store so mom and dad could go grocery shopping. After they finished shopping we went back to Menards parking lot and called it a day. Dad read his book while mom updated my website and I slept.





click on photo for more pictures of Wanoka Campground


       

Brule Hatchery Raceway                                                         Wanoka Lake                                                            Playing with an apple I found

LOCATION:  Iron River, Wisconsin    SITE:  Wanoka Campground in Chequamegon National Forest
DATE:  9/14/10     SPACE:  06    TRIP:  59    DISTANCE:  50 miles

 

Dad woke up at 5:30 he thought it was later than that. When he found out it was too early he went back to sleep. I got dad up a half hour later. It was raining so mom decided to stay in bed. Mom finally got out of bed at 6:30. Mom fed me my breakfast and then sat down with dad and had breakfast. The rain had stopped but dad wanted to wait a little while so the roads would clear off a little. As we were waiting mom took me for a walk around the parking lot. When we got back dad had gotten the Minnie ready so we headed to the next state. Wisconsin was the fifth state we camped at. Hermantown is right outside of Duluth so when we were leaving we had to go through Duluth. Duluth had a lot of construction going on and dad thought it would be a mess but it wasn't too bad. As we were driving through Duluth we saw a few ships in the harbor and we had to drive off a bridge. On the other side of bridge we entered into Wisconsin. I was surprise that Wisconsin was only 6 miles from Duluth. When we were driving through Maple we saw an old fashion A&W restaurant. It was a drive up, where someone comes to your car and takes your order and than deliveries your order on a tray. Mom and dad thought this was cool. When we got to Brule we saw a sign for a fish hatchery. Mom and dad decided to stop and walk through it. The hatchery was for trout. Mom and dad saw brown trout and rainbow trout. This hatchery was different than the other ones mom and dad had been to. The trouts here are domestic which means that their parents are raised in a hatchery some place else. Once the offspring are a certain age they are brought here. Than they are put in raceways. Mom and dad tried to take pictures but it was over cast so a lot of the pictures didn't come out. After they finished the hatchery we drove a little farther down the road to Iron River to the campground we're going to stay for the night.

We arrived at Wanoka Campground about 10:30. We found a campsite and than setup camp for the night. After we setup camp we walked around the campground. We walked to the lake and walked to pay for our site. As we were walking around the park we saw a couple of apple trees. So dad picked a couple of apples.While walking back to our site we met our neighbors and they had two dogs. When we got back dad barbecued sausages for mom and his lunch and mom gave me a little snack. While the sausages were cooking mom cut open the apples so we could taste the apples. The apples were a little tart but they were good. Mom gave me a piece of the apple and I liked it. After lunch we walked around the campground again. This time we walked completely around the lake and through the park. As we were walking around the lake dad let me put my feet in the water. As we were walking around the park we looked around to see if there were any more apple trees. As mom and dad were checking out the trees in park I went exploring. I found a big apple. I wasn't sure what it was so I gave it to dad. Dad looked at it and than gave it back to me. I still wasn't sure what it was. At first I thought it was a ball. Mom threw it for me and I ran after it. But when I picked it up my teeth went into it. It didn't taste like a ball. So I tried to eat it. Mom usually cuts things up before she gives it to me to eat. I still wasn't sure what to do with it. Finally I gave up. We continued our walk. When we got to the water pump mom had to try it out. As she was playing with it dad took pictures. We walked for about an hour. It was a very nice and relaxing walk. When we got back to the campsite dad barbecued some chicken up for me. While the chicken was cooking mom decided to do a little exercising while I laid in the sun. One of the exercise was jumping rope. The jump rope was a little short but she jumped it very well. While she was jumping dad took a few pictures of her. After the chicken was done. We went for another walk. This walk wasn't too long. When we got back to the site it was dinnertime. Dad barbecued the rest of chicken for mom and his dinner. Mom fed me my food. After dinner we went for another walk. We walked around the campground. This time we walked some of roads that ATV use. We walked for another hour. When we got back to the campsite we called it a night. I was glad because I was tired. Today the day started out rainy but the clouds went away and the sun came out and the day ended up being gorgeous. Good night.
 
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