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January 16, 2007 |
Could you say a few words about the north shore of Lake Superior? We're thinking about taking a trip to Minnesota in August, h-qing in Duluth, and doing day trips along LS. Anything we should be sure not to miss? Anything we should be sure to miss? Thanks for your help and for the show.
Lees Summit, MO
Duluth and the North Shore are worth your while for sure but I haven't driven up there in years so I asked the poet Louis Jenkins of Duluth to respond, and he has, as follows:
"The Munger Trail, a former railroad grade. (West Duluth) particularly for biking; Enger Tower for a great view of the city and the Lake. It's on Skyline Drive which runs along the hill above town. Great views, all along; Canal Park, and Park Point, on the other side of the famous Aerial Lift Bridge, the longest fresh-water sand spit in the world, great beach and sometimes the water is warm enough to swim in. The whole area is crowded in summer so avoid it if you hate traffic jams and lots of people. You also run the risk of being "bridged", trapped on the Point while the bridge is up, allowing a ship to enter the harbor and halting all automobile traffic; Cross the St. Louis River Bay to Superior, WI, try the Anchor Bar for burgers & beer and The Boathouse for fine food and a great view of Duluth; The Lake Superior Hiking Trail along the North Shore; Old 61 hwy. along the NS, lots of shops, curios and gifts, if you like, and views of Lake Superior, great food at the New Scenic Cafe; Stoney Point for a nice short walk by the Lake; The town of Knife River especially Russ Kendall's for smoked fish, buy a couple of smoked herring for lunch, take them down to the beach, turn right at the "Marina" sign, eat the fish with your fingers while viewing Knife Island. You'll need lots of napkins, and don't feed the seagulls; All along the North Shore are lovely rivers, Lester, French, Sucker, Knife, Stewart, Baptism, Temperance, Caribou, Cascade… with lots of hiking trails. There are towns and parks, Two Harbors, Castle Danger, Gooseberry Falls State Park (very crowded, but lovely); Split Rock light house, Beaver Bay, Silver Bay, Schroeder, Tofte (see the Commercial Fishing Museum), Lutsen, Grand Marais, where you can take the Gunflint Trail up to the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area (BWCWA) after which it's Canada. Just look around, there are undiscovered treasures."