I was out in the backyard again waiting for the birds to show up and noticed these cricket/grasshopper type bugs on my rose bushes and a moth/butterfly. I hurried and switched to my 100mm macro and got a few shots. It was really windy so hard to get many good ones.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Day 5--we rode into Canada. They let us through with just a photo ID but informed us that next year you will need a passport. We went into Thunder Bay, found the Harley dealer, ate some pizza and went back across the border.
Gas was $1.42---a litre that is over $5.00 per gallon and 90 kilometers is equal to 55 mph. Luckily we asked about the speed limit before getting too far down the road.
Day 6--we packed and started the journey back for home. We got as far as the Twin Cities and stayed across the street from the Mall of America. We went over to check it out. It is really huge and looks like it would be a blast for the kids. Myself, not too impressed with it. If I had been in a shopping mood it might have been different but there is just too much.
Day 7--on the road again. Things were going just fine and we had an estimated time of arrival home to be around 7:00-7:30 pm. We didn't get there until 9:30!!!! Have you ever been caught in a hail storm while riding your motorcycle??? It hurts really bad!! I have bruises still on my leg. We got caught up in the storm that went through Omaha and Council Bluffs that Thursday.
We were just outside of Council Bluffs I'd say around 4-4:30. We had just fueled the bike and ourselves and headed down the road when it started to rain. Larry had just made some smart remark about hail when it let loose on us. We were lucky enough to see an abandoned gas station off of an exit where some others were heading and that's where we high tailed it to.
I think we ended up stopping at least 2-3 more times along the way before we finally made it home. It took us over 5 hrs. to go what should have only been 2 at the most. That was the worst day of our trip. The rest of the week and weekend we just piddled around the house then back to work on Monday.
And that is the end of our Minnesota vacation. Hope you like the pictures. I have a lot more than what is posted and will send to friends and family when I get a chance.
We were going to stay in the Duluth area for another day or two but decided to head up the road and check out the scenery. Our destination was Grand Marais, MN, about 50-60 miles south of the Canadian border.
Along the way we stopped at Gooseberry falls. This is one of many places to stop along the North Shore Scenic Drive. You can hike all over around these places. The bridge has a walkway underneath to get from one side of the falls to the next, hwy 61 runs above it.
Next stop is the Split Rock light house. The light house was built a the top of a 130 foot cliff in 1910 by the US Lighthouse Service. You can take guided or self-guided tours of the light house and the lighthouse keepers' house. It became obsolete when radar started being used on the ships and was closed in 1969.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
This light house was built in 1892 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Unfortunatley it was closed the day we were there so I had to take a picture through the fence.
We just wondered around out on the rocks and walked out to the other light house at the end of the pier. I could sit there forever listening to the waves hit the rocks. It's very relaxing.
Giant ore boats still dock in Two Harbors for loads of taconite. We watched as one was pulling out of the dock.
On the way out we noticed this old Indian burial spot. It was moved in 1819
Friday, June 20, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Of course, there are always some colorful characters there. ;0) It was a great day. Everyone had a great time and we beat the rain home. All was good.
This is Doo-Da. I have no clue what her real name is. Her dog rides with her in the box.
Some old bikes...
some new bikes.
We had one winner from our motley crew. Richard won first place in the sports bike division. Way to go Richard!!
This one is from Switzerland.