We stopped for lunch at Judy's Pies in Two Harbors, then drove down toward the port to see what was happening. En route, we captured the Lake County Courthouse.
All we could say was "Wow!" It's amazing how they maneuver such a massive boat/
Note the size of the boat compared to the people on the jetty.
A tug gives the Edwin H. Gott some help
We headed northwest on MN-61, through a series of tunnels, toward our night's destination, Gooseberry Park Cottages and Motel - and drove right past it to Gooseberry Falls State Park. We (luckily) found a parking place, and headed up the trail marked "To Falls." The park is features a series of falls, and a bit of recent rain had them running at a reasonable rate. The upper falls are almost underneath the highway bridge.
Upper falls close-up
Our next stop was the oft-photographed Split Rock Light, which was built in response to a wreck nearby. There's a lot of iron ore in the rocks along the North Shore, so magnetic compasses are often in error. The light was made obsolete by radar.
A telephoto view of the lighthouse
Trying for fine art up by the lighthouse
Every light needs a foghorn
The coast that required a light
Back to the motel to register and move into the room - just in time before a thunderstorm delivered a roaring deluge. After the rain stopped we crossed the highway for supper. The folks up here are awfully proud of their food!
295.4 miles on the day, 1501 for the trip. Tomorrow it's up to Grand Portage & back, looking at scenery, especially waterfalls.
Tidbits of the day:
- The UP has a Sleepy Creek
- Lake Gogebic sports a Hoop & Holler Bar
- Wakefield features a very large wood Indian statue
- Sign west of Hurley: "Watch for Blowing Snow and Drifting Sand"
- There's a Bad River Casino - is it a bad casino on a river or a casino on the Bad River?.
East of Brule we saw a rocking chair with a fishing pole, an arrow, and a stump with an axe - all at least 10 feet long/high
- Brule also sports the Kro Bar