July 18, 2008
This little motel has wi-fi!
I’m exhausted, so I will make this short.
I cycled down to see the freighter go by, but it wasn’t on the monitor. Unsure if it went by already or what. Which is a shame, cuz I really did want to see how big it was and see the coal piled up…or is the coal enclosed [so that it doesn’t blow away into the Lake]?
I drove by Dylan’s house before I left. I had read that it went up for auction a few years ago and someone paid a little under $100k for it. It is a duplex [up and down]. I drove by and it’s in a part of town where the neighbors are working on their cars on their front lawns.
I drove back thru town, thinking I’ll see Duluth with new eyes, but it seemed even worse than I thought yesterday. Best to stick close to the beautiful water’s edge.
I’m in Ely. Theresa and Rob own and run the place. Long story short, Rob is going to take me out canoeing tomorrow morning. He said: we can leave mid morning – around 8 or 9 am, OR we can leave at the crack of dawn. Ahhh, 8 or 9 am IS the crack of dawn for me.
He has something planned out for us. I told him that I have no idea what I’ll think…I may have had my fill after 30 minutes. He seemed ok with this. He thinks that 3 or 4 hours are just going to fly by.
I also told him that I’m OK with “being the babe in the front of the boat” and he can do all the paddling and steering. He seemed OK with this too. I told him I was serious. Unsure if he realized that or not.
About 3 blocks away is Miners Lake. I cycled around that. Really pretty. Lots of people walking their dogs, fishing, just sitting on a lawn chair watching the water, or getting their canoe/kayak in the water.
After that I hiked up to Kawishiwi Falls. You could hear the roar of the water way before you could see it. I had to google how to spell it, and saw that there is a youtube video of it.
Hiking my way to the Falls I came upon an older couple who had these head nets on [that covered their entire head]. I told them that that is what I need. They told me where to buy them. I’m getting one tomorrow. Unfortunately it will be after we go canoeing.
Theresa told me that the Boy Scout troop that is here left the waters a day early – due to mosquitoes!! I told her about the black flies, mosquitoes et al that were getting in my ears and orbiting my head the other day…and she said I hate it when they do that…it drives me INSANE. Ha…that is the exact same word I used!
There is a replica of the Vietnam Memorial/Wall from DC that apparently is traveling the states. It is here right now. Lots of people taking photos of a name, or scratching the name on a piece of paper.