Thursday, May 26, 2016

2016 Epic Road Trip - Day 11

May 24, 2016

Day 11 - International Falls, MN to Mahnomen, MN - 215 Miles

It was a great day! Got an early start and made the rounds of International Falls, MN getting a photo of the fisherman statute and then onto Kabetogama for a photo op of the Leaping Walleye Fish Statue

Then it was off to Voyaguers National Park. The Visitor Center was still closed for the winter, but it was still a beautiful ride through the area. Voyageurs National Park, which spreads across about 500 islands and lakes and commemorates the trade route (and the natives and French-Canadian voyaguers (canoe men) from the Great NorthWest of Canada and Montreal.  In fact, as the revolutionary war was ended, the treaty between the US and England referenced that the northern border of the US was to be “the customary trade route” in this area of the country.

Next I headed toBig Falls, MN, the site of a little wood carving of Uncle Dan Campbell.

From there it was off to Northie, MN.  I stopped in front of a café, looking for my next adventure.  I was looking for a towering bear statue, which as it turns out, was on the side of the café.

I had lunch at the Shining Light Cafe.  It had just opened a couple weeks ago.  The proprietor is a local woman who received a lot of help from the community in readying the business.  I had a patty melt was on homemade rye bread and a homemade potato and bacon soup.  Very nice, delicious  lunch.

Next stop was Beminji, MN.  Paul Bunyon must have hung around here, because there are statues of him and his ox.  Also found the USS Sally - a yellow submarine; don’t know its importance in our history, but it must be something, or else just got grounded in town.

Ended the day at Mahnomen, MN. Did laundry, attempted to catch up on the blog, and of course, there is the casino.....

Ryder is doing much better with her lampshade and most of the time is cooperative in getting her eyedrops – 13 per day, plus pills.

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