Once around the Big Lake

We traveled with 2 couples, convoy-style, clockwise beginning and ending in Duluth. Our first day was just spent enjoying the sights of Duluth. We spent time at Canal Park, Hoops Brewery and Burrito union, Two couples stayed at Park Point Marina Inn & Harbor where we finished off our day playing dominoes. Day 2 Duluth – Thunder Bay: I always enjoy the view at Palisade Head so we made a stop there as well as in Beaver Bay, Schroeder (for a malt),and then Temperance River. We had a late lunch at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais before going on to Pigeon Falls. The water was really rushing with the wet spring weather so all the Rivers and falls were great to see. We even got a double rainbow at the Grand Portage. We spent the night in Thunder Bay and enjoyed some beer at the Sleeping Giant Brewery. Day 3 Thunder Bay – Terrace Bay: A bartender at Sleeping Giant brewery recommended the Eddy for breakfast before or after Kakabeka Falls so we took her recommendation and all met there for a meal before the falls. Great spot- so convenient to the falls and we loved our server! I wish I had her name, but she really started our day off right. The dam was open and Kakabeka Falls did not disappoint. We loved the easy access and to be able to view it from both sides. Just awesome! From Kakabeka we went on to the Terry Fox memorial and Kama Bay for the view. We had such great weather, the air was cool and clear and views were just breathtaking. We stopped for the night at the Drifters Motel. Of course we had to check out Aguasabon Gorge and the Lighthouse. I found it funny to have the lighthouse right beside the motel, but what do I know? Everyone likes a lighthouse 🙂 Day 4 Terrace Bay – Sault Ste Marie: Our first stop was White River to learn about Winnie the Pooh and then we caught sight of a moose shortly before Wawa. Wawa was a big stop as we had to check out Young’s General Store, get a picture with the giant Canada Goose and stop in Tim Horton’s. I was hoping to get a Persian donut, which we missed while in Thunder Bay and was very disappointed to learn that Thunder Bay is the only place to get them. Live and learn. We made a short stop to check out the view at Old Woman Bay and actually ran into a trio of women carrying Persian donuts! They had been at Tim Horton’s when we were there and heard about my desire to experience the Persian. They were too kind(Canadian), they broke out their travel package of Persians and gave me one. The kindness of complete strangers to share their precious treat sort of blew my mind. No one had utensils and they had to practically unpack their trunk to share with us. Our destination for the next 2 nights was a VRBO on Sugar Island. We found the Ferry and enjoyed the short trip across to the island. We should have researched this a bit more as we arrived on the island in need of a few groceries and of course prices there were a bit high. Day 5: We completely enjoyed our time on the Soo Lock tour. Afterwards, our friends went on to check out a couple of bars while we returned to the Canada side to check out Outspoken Brewery and meet up with family. It was our first rainy evening of the trip but we all made it back to Sugar Island. Day 6 Sugar Island – Munising Whitefish Point Shipwreck Museum: We all really enjoyed this, but the mosquitoes were horrible! Employees all had special swatters and tips about soaps and shampoos to help ward off the pesky biters. Because of the mosquitoes, we decided to pass on Tahquamenon Falls. Also, my husband and I had been there a few years back with our kids and we remembered how bad the bugs were then. I guess that June in the UP is notorious for biting bugs. Next stop was Grand Marais, MI. We had a beer and a bite to eat at Dunes Saloon. We stopped along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Miner’s Castle for pictures. That evening we stayed in Munising and enjoyed beer and music at East Channel brewery before heading over to see what Shooter’s Firehouse Brewpub was all about. Day 7 Munising – Calumet: 157miles Lakenland Sculpture Garden surprised us all with his Junk Art. We found it to be funny, clever, and filled with mosquitoes. We should have been better prepared by now, but we did enjoy a little walk. From there we went on to the Lighthouse in Marquette and then to Calumet where we planned to spend the night. We ate at the Michigan House Cafe & Brewpub before heading out to Copper Harbor, the Brockway Mountain Drive and then Eagle Harbor. Day 8 Calumet – Duluth We saw many deer on this portion of the drive. Our first stop was the visitor center in Wakefield where we grabbed a photo with the Whispering Giant. Then on to Ashland where we ate lunch at South Shore Brewery. A couple hours later we were back in Duluth walking along Canal park and the circle was complete. We celebrated with beer at Fitger’s.

Lisa & Scott Weatherhead, New Hope, MN