Saturday, June 28, 2008

There is a helicopter in this campground

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.....

Friday, June 27, 2008

Beaver's Bait Shop

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.

See you on the road.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

North Shore Lake Superior

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?

More soon about Grand Marais...

See you on the road.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

On the Road to Wisconsin

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.

Getting Started

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!

See you on the road!