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Flight to Albany from Minneapolis/St. Paul

sunny 71 °F

(Thursday) Today was the first rainy day encountered in a week or more. My friend took me to the airport in the rain where I left MSP for Detroit for a flight change for Albany. Rain storms followed us all the way to Detroit which caused delays for most flights there, causing my connecting flight to Albany to be canceled. Problem-- Do I stay overnight in Detroit or go to Plan B. At the Delta Service Desk I inquired if they had a flight to Hartford, CT. Fortunately, they did so I flew First Class (airline's contribution) to Hartford arriving at mid-night. I called my brother-in-law, Bill Miskavitch to meet me and provide me with a bed. As always, he and Rosie were very gracious with it all.

(Fri, Aug 4 - Fri, Aug 11) This blog hasn't had much to report but to sum it up I met the kids; Todd, Tom & Aubrey, Tim & Marie, and the grandchildren at Tom's for the weekend. Had a great time. The little ones grow so over the 6 month period since I last saw them. After my visit I drove a rental car to Albany, NY where I attended meetings with the company. It was good to see 'old' friends again, as it was a Former Owners conference. Yes, most of us were old!

Returning to Minneapolis/St. Paul on Friday, then on Saturday I got the Motor Home ready for the trip north to the 'North Shore Drive' along the sweeping shoreline of Lake Superior. Before the Scenic Highway was completed in 1991 northern MN north of Duluth was wilderness with logging as its only industry. The road, 150 miles long, begins in Duluth and terminates at the Canadian Border. Canada Highway #61 extends north to the Trans-Canada Highway going east/west. The North Shore highway opened this region to tourism and many parks are now in existence for camping, hiking, etc. RV campers are seen by the hundreds. My campsite in Two Harbors, MN overlooks beautiful Lake Superior. A little about the lake. It, literally, is a freshwater sea which is the world's largest freshwater lake by surface area. It contains as much water as all other Great Lakes combined, plus 2 Lake Erie's. Very deep, up to 1,300 ft., it is notorious for its fierce storms which endanger shipping. Example, the ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, was broken in two in 50-60 ft. waves and sunk with all lives lost. Split Rock Lighthouse, now a state park, was built in 1905 to aid mariners in their navigation of the treacherous waters during stormy times. Ore shipping is the major form of commerce in Lake Superior. One thousand foot, yes, 1,000 ft., ore carriers transport iron ore from the huge ore mines of the Mesabi, Vermillion, & Cuyuna Ranges in MN to steel-producing centers in IN, OH, IL, PA. We visited one of 3 processing centers which reduce the raw ore to powder, refine it into taconite balls about the size of golf balls, then load it onto these giant ships for transport. It is a little more involved than I describe but these processing ports are huge with docks a half-mile long to accommodate these vessels. Grand Marais, the northern most city (Pop. 1,500) before the Canadian border is a tourist destination. It has a US Coast Guard station and a beautiful harbor overlooking the lake. The businesses are directed toward tourists, i.e., T-shirt and souvenir shops, bars and restaurants and not much else. Interesting, but a once-in-a-lifetime visit.

Tomorrow the plan is to take a lake shore cruise to see the coastline. The weather forecast is good so will report more on that later.

Posted by dixter 06:36 Archived in USA Tagged ny ct mn

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