THE ADVENTURES OF PLATY AND THE GANG
2005 Volume 8 Minnesota
The Superior Hiking Trail
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On 6/22 we moved to the municipal campground at Two Harbors, MN. It's located right on Lake Superior. We could watch the ore ships going up and down the lake and coming into the harbor for loading. The water temperature averages only 40 degrees year round so it acts as a natural air conditioner when the wind comes from that direction. Fog forms over the water as you can see in the picture taken from the beach looking toward the campground. Jerry Groebe has joined us and will be hiking with Adele and Judy. Jerry has hiked with Judy on the Florida Trail and on the International Appalachian Trail in Canada. He now lives in Michigan.
town of Two Harbors was built in 1883 when the railroad was built to move
iron ore from the mines 60 miles west to the harbor where it is loaded on ore
boats to be sent to steel mills in Cleveland. There is a nice museum in town
where the original steam engine is on display.
Superior Hiking Trail
is a 205-mile long distance footpath that follows the
rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota. It begins just
north of Two Harbors, MN, and ends just before the Canadian border. This
is the group on the first day on the trail.
As the hikers got further up the trail, we moved up the coast to Schroeder, MN. We stayed at Lambs Resort .
The Cross River enters the lake here. The earliest claim to fame is how
the river got it's name.
north shore of Lake Superior has rivers that drain the mountains range to the
west. The result is numerous waterfalls like this one a Gooseberry Falls
State Park. While hiking back from the falls we came upon this ranger with
her "poop" stand. She was explaining how to interpret wild
animal poop (also called scat). You can tell what animal it came from and what it
The trail mostly travels along the ridgeline above the lake.The scenery is spectacular. If you look closely on the lake there's a canoe that had to have been carried through the woods to get there.
The girls weren't interested so the guys took a tour of a taconite processing plant in Silver Bay, MN. You can also take a web tour at http://www.nsmining.com/online_tour.htm but you won't be able to ride the yellow limo like us.
and I also drove to Duluth to tour the Great Lakes Floating Maritime Museum.
We didn't get a bus to ride and had to walk the tour of the S.S. William A.
Irwin and the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Sundew. Click on the logo to visit their
The hikers have a variety of scenery. They have ridge walks with great views, many
beautiful waterfalls and boardwalks over beaver ponds.
They had wonderful facilities along the trail. This is a typical restroom, sort of an outhouse without a house. They have been looking for moose, but have only seen evidence that they are around.
On 7/5 we moved to Grand Marais, MN. It's about 40 miles south of Canada and is a nice little tourist town. They had an art festival the first weekend we were here.
It was originally a fishing village and still has some good places to get fresh and smoked fish.
drove north on one of the no-hiking rest days to see the sights at Grand
Portage. The 130' high falls at the left are at the State
Park on the Pigeon River. This is the border. Canada is on the
right side of the picture and the U.S. is on the left.
There is also a Grand Portage National Historic Site. It's the location of a trading post that was here from 1779-1802. Once a year all the furs from the northwest would be brought here by canoe to be traded for goods. The furs would then be carried by large (40') canoes on to Montreal. In 1802 the site was moved to Canada because of the U.S. taxes. Sort of like outsourcing today!!
Jerry left for home before the 4th of July. The girls are working on finishing this trail by 7/23 when Adele and John must leave. Judy and I are planning to go to Ely, MN to start biking a rail-trail. More on this in the next chapter.
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