Cruising Lake Superior with the Lakers

Day 106

LOCATION:  Duluth, Minnesota
CAMPGROUND:  Lakehead Boat Basin
WEATHER:  Mostly overcast.  Some rain.  Cool.  High 64

The set-up here is so nice with the Fairfield/Marriott Hotel providing a beautiful bathroom/shower and laundry for us RVers.  Wanting to take advantage of their laundry, I got up early and had all the laundry washed, dried, and put away by 7:30 AM!

With that out of the way, we were ready to have a great day exploring Duluth.

First we drove to the Lincoln Arts District of Duluth.  This is a really up-and-coming area with new condos, lots of cider shops, breweries, and art galleries.  We went to Two Loons, an art gallery and gift shop, that is owned by the brother of one of the people we housesat for.  It is a cute shop.  George bought a rain hat.

Then, we dropped off the car at the RV park, and walked down to Canal Street.  We hit Hoops Brewing to get out of the rain,  and then lunch in a Mexican restaurant.  As always, I ate way too many chips and salsa. 

The highlight of the day was a ride on the tour boat. 

We went under the bridge out into Lake Michigan.  It was quite choppy!  We were lucky to get up close to some lakers (lake freighters) that were about to go under the bridge into the harbor.

Our captain turned around to go back to the harbor, too, due to the high waves.

So, we followed the laker under the bridge!

Once in the harbor, we saw about 8 lakers loading or unloading. 

We passed in front of the marina where we are camping.  You can almost see Joy from afar.

We stopped by Vikre, a small distillery, on our walking trip home. In its off hours, it rents space/equipment to my friend’s nephew who makes  “Ooofdah” vodka there.  Cool place!

Whew!  What a day!  Time to relax in Joy.

DINNER:  Orzo wiwth Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Cook 1 cup orzo per package directions.  Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water.  Toss the orzo with 2 cups baby arugula (chopped), 1/4 cup  chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and 1/4 cup parmesan, 2 T butter, 1 Tsp lemon zest, salt and pepper.

Side was sauteed mushrooms and onions, with a chopped up smoked weiner (just for George). All good!

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