I spend a lot of time with my head in the clouds, and Lake Superior was no exception. While I didn’t experience as much of the magnificence as I had hoped, I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
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Thunder Bay to Two Harbors, MN
There be cheese. One of the big “MUST VISIT” spots on our list was Thunder Oak Cheese Farm just outside of Thunder Bay. The local cheese shop hasn’t carried their goudas lately so we stocked up. There is nothing abnormal about dragging $100 of cheese through one province and three states. At all. After a funny border crossing (shotguns! interrogations! oh my!), we had another slightly rainy and very foggy drive along Minnesota’s shore to our lovely hotel, the Grand Superior Lodge.
Minnesota’s North Shore
Apparently my research for this trip was somewhat lacking. For some reason I had expected the North Shore to be a remote wilderness without people or cellular signals (like the 9 hours between Wawa and Thunder Bay. Bring a sat phone, people!). I was mistaken.
There was so much to see and do between Grand Marais and Duluth that I’m already trying to get people to come back for another road trip. And the food? Internet, I died. The New Scenic Café just outside of Duluth was amazing. Ahi tuna tacos? Heaven. Everything else was pretty fabulous but the tacos were so good we went back for lunch two days later.
I also have to say that the people were ridiculously friendly; almost Canadian in their hospitality.