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Day 17 (9.18.07) - Lake Superior (Photo's Added)

Slow, but beautiful drive. We toured a mansion, visited a waterfalls, and drove through some beautiful scenery

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After a good nights sleep, we both woke up with a renewed interest in sightseeing this morning, this in spite of the overcast and rain we had all last night and almost all day today. So when we got to Duluth, I tried to take a side trip to the downtown area just for fun. After driving through some dreary areas and not being all that keen on the city, we went on across the bridge to Superior, Wisconson (yes, finally another state). Oddly enought, there were no "Welcome to Wisconsin" signs until after we'd gotten though a good portion of Superior, so we updated our maps when we stopped at the Superior, WI Post office.

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Also in Superior, we saw a "Barkers Island", which looked interesting so we took a quick loop through it (Mom got some sand), then looped back to the Visitors center and picked up a bunch of brochures. Although it was closed the day we were there, there was a most interesting boat on Barkers Island called a whaleback boat.

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Across the street and down a bit was a historic mansion called the Fairlawn house. We stopped by there and took the tour. It was built by a mining and timber baron around 1890, then was converted to a childrens home from the 1920's through 1963 or so. Finally it was restored to it's original self (for the most part) and is quite splended. Each of the first floor rooms is decorated in a different wood, Philippine Mahogony, Cherry, Oak, etc. We weren't allowed to take pictures, so just enjoyed the tour and went along our merry way.

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Mom wanted to take Hwy 13, which is part of the Lake Superior Circle Tour. It is very scenic, but not the fastest route across Wisconsin. Also, this will take us the long way through Michigan (across a bridge which is supposed to be pretty cool). We drove through a lot a farms, mostly red barns here for some reason?

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This is the Iron River and where it flows into Lake Superior:

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We stopped at Amnicon Falls State Park. The water here contains a lot of tannon and normally the falls look a lot like Root Beer. Today however they were a pretty normal waterfalls, I suspect due to all the rain.

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We also stopped at a couple of places where there are rest area's or lookouts over Lake Superior. Mom collected some more sand. She also spotted some interesting fungus on a tree.

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We drove through a town called Port Wing. At one time they exported red stone bricks that were used in many famous buildings throughout the country - including the Fairlawn Mansion. They also started using the first school busses in Wisconson.

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These are from Cornucopia, a very tiny fishing village:

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Finally, we decided to camp at a city park near Bayfield, WI. (That is Lake Superior you can't see through the tree's and fog)

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This is near the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. We couldn't see the islands tonight because of the fog and the visitors center is closed tonight, so maybe we can see a bit more in the morning. Bayfield looks like a quaint little town and may be worth doing a little sightseeing in. Also September is celebrating the lighthouses month and there is a grand tour of the lighthouses on the islands tomorrow at 10 AM (3 hours duration I think), so we may take that (unfortunately, we didn't). There is an island offshore called Madeline Island, and a ferry that goes to it. Thought this might be fun to include in honor of someone we know...

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In any event, according to the map, we are still over 600 miles from my Uncle Bob and Aunt Madeline's in Berrien Center, MI. I thought we'd be there by tomorrow night, but obviously not - if we do the lighthouse tour, maybe Friday night if I really book after we leave Bayfield?

I may not be exactly on schedule, but we are really getting to know a lot more about the states we've visited. We really didn't do a very good job visiting Minnesota, maybe someday I'll make it back.

Logistics:

Starting Mileage: 112823, 20 Miles W of Duluth
Ending Mileage: 112936, Bayfield WI
Weather: Light Rain, Overcast

Posted by jl98584 18:06 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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Ah yes, Bayfield. That's where Charlie and I camped in a thunderstorm, same city beach campground I think. Pretty wet weather. You are going to go through Ashland? that's where they have the Apple festival in the fall with the most delicious apples. Fall came here in SD after you left. Nice colors this year.

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