LOCATION: Gull Lake, Minnesota, near Brainerd – in North Central part of state
CAMPGROUND: Gull Lake Army Corps of Engineers. Like most ACOE parks, it is very well-done. Very long, gravel, and level sites. Electricity. Lots of trees and bushes separating sites. Small – 40 sites. Good bathrooms. No lake views from campground. $14/night with senior pass. 5 stars out of 5
WEATHER: Very nice. High 74
DISTANCE DRIVEN: 3 hours
We hung out at the marina RV park in Duluth in the AM. I took a “power walk” a few miles in the neighborhood, admiring the beautiful lakefront homes and residents’ lovely gardens.
On our way out of town, we stopped at Ursa Minor brewery. Nice vibes. They have a very large outdoor seating area.
They grow basil, kale, and other plants for their wood-fired pizzas. These huge, long planters line the street.
We had small beers and a jalapeno bacon panini. Wow! There were about 8 IPAs from which to choose.
Our drive was due west through the lake region of Minnesota. So pretty. We got set up at our site. We went from very urban camping (Duluth) to woodsy here.
DINNER: Starter was a caprese salad, using a few basil sprigs that George had purloined from the brewpub. Main course was shrimp & grits. George, the expert grits-maker, made the grits, and grilled the shrimp on the campfire. I did the assembly…..I added cheddar and cream cheese to the grits. I sauted a bunch of onion and garlic, and added the cooked shrimp. Then, I just mixed everything together. Great!