Road Trip – Tofte, Minnesota

Duke and I are on a five week road trip. Today starts week three. We spent the last two nights at Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte, Minnesota on the shore of Lake Superior. We've stayed here before and really love the setting. We went to sleep and woke up listening to the waves and the Sea Gulls.

 

Yesterday we hiked the Gitchi Gami trail a couple off miles down the lake to Temperance River State Park. We hiked up the Temperance River Gorge and down to where it enters Lake Superior. The gorge was deep, narrow and dark. Very impressive and it was a beautiful day for hiking too!

 

 

 

 

Later this morning we are headed to Minneapolis.

If you would like to see all our trip pictures they are available on Dropbox here or let me know and I will send you an invite to my iCloud shared photo stream.

 

 

Three Wonderful Days Fishing

We just finished three days fishing at Miley’s resort on Lake of the Woods in southern Ontario. We had a wonderful time and each caught a few fish.

 

 

In addition to catching fish we saw bald eagles and Turtles.

 

 

Miley’s has cabins and one trailer for rent. We stayed in the trailer. It was very cozy.

 

 

This morning we packed up and headed south. Tonight we are on the shore of Lake Superior. We plan to pick up a pizza and enjoy the view.

 

 

Road trip – Kenora to Miley’s

Today we drove from Kenora on the north side of Lake of the Woods Ontario to Mylie’s Resort on the south side of Lake of the Woods – about 170 miles. Lake of the Woods is a very big lake.

 

Our plan is to stay here four nights. We bought our fishing licenses and would have gone out fishing this afternoon but it was too windy. So instead of eating fish we caught tonight we went out and had a very good steak dinner at a nearby resort.

 

Miley’s is where my Dad went Fishing starting in about 1961. Dad’s annual fishing trip was a very big deal. Miley’s has very nice cabins to rent. But they also have a trailer which we decided to rent. It is quite new and very comfortable. I’m looking forward to fishing, relaxing and not driving for a few days!

 

 

Road Trip – Pincher Creek to Moose Jaw

Today we drove 418 miles across the plains of Canada from Pincher Creek, Alberta to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The wind was out of the west, at our back, really blowing. Our new diesel Audi got 50 miles per gallon! It was even too windy to have an outside picnic lunch. This is Moose Jaw Main Street from outside our hotel

Here in Moose Jaw it’s 53 degrees and the wind is blowing about 25 mph. We went out for a walk a while ago to get some cash from the ATM. I’m sure glad it isn’t’ any colder!

 

 

Road trip – Glacier National Park

We spent last night at Many Glacier Lodge in Glacier National Park. Of course we didn't have cell coverage and essentially no internet so of course no blog post. So today's post will cover both Friday and Saturday.

Yesterday, Friday we drove from Kalispell, Montana into Glacier National park. We drove the Going to the Sun Highway over Logan Pass. It was overcast and raining so we couldn't see the mountains. At the top we were in the clouds so visibility was zero. But even with no mountains to see, the Going to the Sun Highway was hands down the most wonderful highway I've ever been on! It is carved out of the mountain with rock guard rails – simply stunning.

We stayed at Many Glaciers Lodge. Our room is the top right hand window. We sat and enjoyed the fire in the lobby for a while before dinner.

 

Friday afternoon after we checked in we hiked 8 miles out and back to Grinnell Lake. It was raining off and on but it was a flat hike and beautiful.

This morning we got up fairly early (7) and had breakfast then hiked to Iceberg Lake. This is the hike that Duke did 51 years ago on his first visit to Glacier with his family. It is the hike that made him a hiker for life.

We started out in the rain but the last couple of miles were in the snow. It was beautiful! By the time we got back after 10 miles I was cold and worn out. Duke says he felt great. We left Glacier and drove a few miles into Canada where we are spending the night in Pincher Creek, Alberta.

 

Our experiences going into Canada have ranged from the last time when they didn't ask for ID or even ask our names to one time when they used dogs to search us and our truck. This time it was pretty straightforward. The Border guard asked where we were going, how much alcohol we had. He asked if we had any guns. When Duke said no, he said, You left them at home? I think they assume that every American owns guns.

 

Tomorrow we have a long drive to Moose Jaw, Saskachewan. I'm read for a rest/drive day!

 

Road Trip – National Bison Range and Kalispell

Today we drove just 121 miles from from Missoula, Montana to Kalispell, Montana. We had hoped to do a hike today but it was raining off and on all day. We took the 17 mile drive through the national Bison Range. We were almost the only people there and it was beautiful country. The bison were spread out but I bet we saw 200!

 

We found a covered picnic table for lunch.

In Kalispell they were having a Taste of Kalispell fund raiser for the museum with food and drink from local merchants. We had dinner there. It was wet but fun. And we looked through the museum.