10000 Lakes

After having traveled the entire east-west extension of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we transitioned through the northern part of Wisconsin and entered Minnesota, the land of 10000 lakes. A two-night stopover in Duluth gave us the opportunity to explore the city before we left Lake Superior in the rearview mirror and moved to Bemidji in northwest Minnesota. Bemidji claims to be the birthplace of Paul Bunyan and proudly labels itself as the 1st city on the Mississippi river.

Marquette and Lake Superior were very enjoyable. Lake Superior is the worlds largest lake by surface and walking on its shores is just like being on an ocean. The following photo was taken one morning at 3AM when an impressive thunderstorm moved over the lake toward Marquette.

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Traveling along the northern border with Canada is so much more relaxing than traveling along the southern border with Mexico. I find it quite frankly upsetting that traveling near the southern border subjects me as a US citizen to repeated stops and inquiries by border control officers. Is their conduct compatible with the Fourth Amendment of the good old US Constitution? Why are none of these policies practiced along the northern border? What is the authority of boarder control officers away from the boarder? I am traveling in my country and it’s in my opinion not okay to be stopped as if I am entering the US from abroad.

We spent two nights in Duluth at the Canal Park marina next to downtown, where we visited a few attractions and took a walk along the downtown lake front.

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Y’all enjoy the Donald show yet? The politics of the current administration reminds me of the pealing of an onion? More layers, more tears, more lies and more ridiculous tweets. Thugs and amateurs are running this country.

Stay tuned.

Gitche Gumee*

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Happy Birthday America.

We are currently spending our 5th week in Michigan just east of Marquette along the shoreline of Lake Superior. The enormity of this lake is slowly sinking in as it changes its appearance on a day-by-day basis.

The city of Marquette turns out to be a very nice community. Downtown Marquette displays an interesting mix of old brick and stone buildings that tell the history of a once busy and wealthy town. Most dominant is the old Ore Dock located next to downtown in the harbor. It was here that trains dumped large amounts of Cooper, Nickel and Iron ores into silos that later filled the bellies of ships. These ships traveled from Lake Superior via the Sault Saint Marie locks into Lake Huron and further into Lake Erie where they delivered their loads to the steel mills of the rust belt.

We visited a number of picturesque lighthouses, the Sault Saint Marie locks, and a large
number of waterfalls including the famous Pictured Rocks National Seashore. A few days ago we drove down a country road and a black bear crossed the road right in front of us. Temperatures are moderate and hiking around here is fantastic. Our dogs enjoy almost daily beach walks and swimming. The median house price in Marquette is $140k and all together this is a Ore Dockbeautiful place to live; if one can handle the brutally cold and snowy winter. Last but not least, there is the Ore Dock Brewery in Marquette that provides an almost unlimited supply of their excellent Porter.

We will leave Marquette on 10 July 2017 and move with a short stop-over to Bemidji, Minnesota on the headwaters of the Mississippi River for a one-month stay. After that we will push west through North Dakota and Montana for an early September appointment in Idaho. As always, stay tuned and stay happy & healthy.

* The Ojibwe name for Lake Superior meaning “shining big sea water”