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27 September 2012

Along the way

Still making waves in northern Wisconsin...

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These clouds just KILLED me.

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Picnic!

While I was mostly unplugged during this vacation, I did update and share camera-phone photos on FB the whole time. (I haven't even looked at my actual camera photos yet!) It would be more accurate to say that I contributed to social/electronic media, but was not much of a consumer. I posted but didn't interact on FB much, nor did I blog or answer many emails; I barely used my phone and, while we watched a couple of movies in the evening, we didn't watch TV at all -- I had very little knowledge of what was going on in the whole wide world.

It was really pretty great, though I think it's made re-entry harder than I've ever experienced.

Anyway, I loved Ali's comment on the photo above: Ohhhh, Dad's expressions are priceless.

Because, of course, they are.

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This is the lake at Superior (above) and if you look closely (or click to embiggen), you can see ships! I lived in Superior for a year shortly after high school graduation and I never paid attention to, much less appreciated, Lake Superior.

True and very sad story.

I didn't recognize a single thing as we drove through Superior. I never had a car when I lived there, and might have been more aware had I ever driven anywhere. It seemed much more spread out than I remembered. We did stop at Fabric Works and I found a little skein of yarn to take home.

Rusty had done some recon via Google Earth prior to departure and one place he wanted to check out up-close-and-personal was the area on the other side of Duluth's iconic Aerial Lift Bridge. There are a couple of major bridges in that area and we experienced them all!

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I didn't connect with my cousin until late Monday night and knowing that we'd likely head back to Duluth on Tuesday, we didn't go far north to find lodging. The Island View Resort at Knife River was cute enough to check out and, boy, am I ever glad we did! That's our view from the cozy porch. The place was clean as a whistle, which is saying something for a 75-year-old resort cabin. The words "Marge Perfect" were even uttered a few times -- a term coined by my sister to describe to her sons the level of clean she was looking for, based on my mother's standard. The boys made a little plaque. Trust me, it is not a term we use lightly around here!

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The Lighthouse at Emily's was just down the road, and we lucked out with live music (on Mondays) as accompaniment to dinner.

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It was a real gem.

I was kind of sorry that we'd only be spending one night there.

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One last view from the porch!

 

Comments

So beautiful!

Looks to me like you had the best vacation. That lake is truly amazing.

I'm feeling a vacation coming on and I was just up there in July. Never hurts to go two or three times a year ;)

You'll have to go back for winter... the lake is AMAZING then

I spent a few days in Duluth earlier in the month and just fell in love with the lake. we stayed at Fitger's -- close to perfect. I told my husband we needed to move; he suggested I visit in January first.

Island View is our favorite place to stay near Superior. It is so comfortable. The views are fantastic. The owners are friendly. We have had several wonderful vacations there.

Loved the bridge- there's one like it or was one in NY when I was a kid- we loved to get 'stuck' waiting for it to go up and down.

Gorgeous weather you had!

You've outdone yourself, and/or the sky outdid itself! Best pictures ever. I can see why you wouldn't want to leave that lovely vintage porch behind! (Yes, I'm still catching up.)

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