After chuckling at the name, we went in and our son immediately fell in love with the giant bear. I inquired about the bear and learned that her husband had bought it at a trade show. She commented that she could have bought a lot of t-shirts for the same amount of money. While she didn't think much of the money spent, she did admit that it brought folks back!
We were traveling along Lake Superior in Minnesota and stopped in the "North Shore" area.
We laughed ourselves senseless when we came upon Temperance Liquors. So we went in and asked the owner from whence the name. She laughed and said it all started with Temperance Canoes, then traders and then added the liquor.
So to answer the question, we just had to buy some wine at Temperance Liquors!
While in Thunder Bay Ontario Canada we happened to be camped next to an RV with a custom paint job. We chatted with the fellow and he told us that his RV needed to be painted and the factory paint job was going to cost him about $5,000, so he asked a local artist to paint his coach to look like his home setting. Here's the catch, the local artist worked for a week on it and only charged him $500. Have to say I think the local artist completely undervalued his time and talent!
We hiked into see the falls of Cascade River while up on the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Not a far walk, just about a half a mile, kind of up hill and down hill. So here are some pictures.
While traveling in Canada, we stayed at the Happy Land RV park in Kakabeka Falls, Ontario. It was a lovely little RV park, very clean and nice wooded sites. But the best part of all--it was just a mile or so from the most magnificent water fall. We were told it is the second largest falls in North America--second only to Niagara Falls.
We took a trip to Fort William in Thunder Bay Canada. It is a restored trading post and is populated by knowledgeable actors who "live in the period."
It was fantastic, and we learned a ton by interacting with the people. We walked into the trading post and learned we couldn't trade because we were not on contract with the company. Then we learned we could trade at the native store but we didn't have any beaver pelts so alas we couldn't trade. We learned beaver pelts were the hot commodity because all the fine men in Europe were wearing Beaver felt top hats.
Well I could go on and on but it was well worth the trip. But if you go...take bug spray. The mosquitoes were as big as birds!
We made it to Thunder Bay Ontario and now are happily ensconced at Happy Land Campground, Kakabekka Falls, Ontario. We are not too far from the dog show which was our primary goal. Two nights ago, a mini helicopter showed up at a site across the road.
Would you take a ride in this helicopter, I note it was made from a kit.....
Wow is all I can say. We found Beaver's Bait Shop in downtown Grand Marais, MN, but frankly how could we miss it with the huge fish sticking out of the roof. But more importantly than how we found it was what a great experience we had while inside.
My son is a huge fisherman and the proprietor answered every question very patiently and gave him some tips on where he could fish from shore. (Shore fishing was the only option because the charter boats weren't going out due to the cold water temperature and lack of fish biting) We bought a few lures, worms and got a one day fishing license and my son set out to bring in the big one.
Well he had a good time but the charter folks were right nothing was biting.
Our next stop on the grand summer '08 vacation was Grand Marais, MN. We decided to stay in a municipal campground that is literally on the shore of Lake Superior. Right out door is this amazing light house!
The Campground is just grand as well. Just a quick walk to the stony shore, friendly people and nice facilities. How could we go wrong?
As we traveled north through Dubuque across the border into Wisconsin it was almost as if our hearts remembered how happy we always are to return to Wisconsin. It has been 5 years since our last trip and that is definitely 5 yrs too long between escapes to the wonder land.
While my sister (now 25) and son (now 18) were young we would take a yearly retreat to Hayward, WI and the Chippewa Flowage with a brief 3 or so day stay at the Wisconsin Dells. While at the Dells we would play at Noah's Ark water park and take it the Tommy Barlett water show on Lake Delton. Needless to say we were saddened when the torrential rains caused Lake Delton to drain when it forged a new path to the Wisconsin River.
But I digress, we crossed the border and the air smelled like pines or as we call it heaven! We stopped the first night in Chippewa Falls otherwise known as the home of Leinenkugel's beer. Oh how we love a good cold Leinies.
Our first night on the road was spent at the Pine Harbor Campground. What a lovely spot owned by the friendliest couple you ever want to meet. The sites were huge and shaded by towering pines. We enjoyed a fire and retired early so we could hit the road at a decent hour.
Have you ever watched the movie RV with Robin Williams? Well for the most part we try to avoid the trappings that Robin Williams fell into, but occasionally even after 20+ yrs of camping and RVing we fall prey.
We were super excited to start our trip to Canada. The RV was packed, dogs loaded, kid at the dinette, engine running and Kathy couldn't get her seat belt on. It is a big joke with us--remember to use two hands and one long fluid motion, but every time she does the Robin Williams thing...pull stop, pull again stop, family laughs and then she gets the seat belt attached. An we are off!