A visit to Minnesota
29.06.2011 - 17.07.2011
The road from Yellowstone to Duluth is long! Long with lots of delays. We thought it would be a 17 hour drive and maybe it was, but it seems to drag on and on.
There is lots of road work going on, seems like they must work on the roads quickly in the summer. We used the GPS which directed us on what looked to be a highway but in reality a surface street, winding thru the hills. It is very scenic but much the same, lots of trees and once in a while we’d glimpse a lake.
We didn’t get to the cabins until after 11pm so Dale’s family was already asleep. We sat around drinking wine while kids played around glad to be free of the RV.
The cabins are located right on Lake Superior about 50’ from the shore. A grassy area is between the cabins and the very rocky shoreline. The shoreline has large rocks to jump on and small rocks to build cairns with. One cannot see to the other side of the lake so it appears to be like an ocean with small waves. Once in a while a large ship goes by in the distance.
It was so good to see the family again. At the last reunion here Mark, Dale’s younger brother was alive and well. He had started his own business as an independent editor and then died 1-1/2 years later at the age of 58. Brian and I talked about how the seemingly healthiest sibling died while our brother-in-law Roger, in the poorest health, remains in poor health but is still alive.
Roger and Carolyn, Dale’s older sister, just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary so to celebrate they took all of us to an early dinner. We had dinner at a little restaurant by Lake Superior enjoying some local grilled seafood.
We built fires in the fire pit having smores one night and potatoes and raclette the next. Sitting around a fire during the very cold evenings was a time to just talk together.
Eight years ago all of the siblings went hiking at Temperance Falls State Park; we hiked to the falls then down along the river path. Now Dale’s brother is gone and his sister cannot walk like that anymore.
As the state of Minnesota was threatening to shut down due to budget discussions we were really lucky. Those of us who could walk hiked to the falls on Wed but it was a short hike so that we could join those who couldn’t walk. Then on Thurs several hiked to another falls at another state park. As we left the roads in were closing. By evening every state run thing seemed to be shut down We had to drive all the way to South Dakota with only stops at gas stations as the rest stops were shut down too.
We felt so bad for the people headed for the shores as much would be shut down for them.