Our next venture north was in July. We had this trip planned well before thoughts of the RV social we are hosting. It was Nancy's turn to to take a course at the North House Folk School
adjacent to the campground. Hers was a two day course on bead embroidery. That left me pretty much on my own for two days with Callie our calico cat.
On our way north we stopped in Castle Danger at the Rustic Inn
for lunch. The Rustic Inn, about 11 miles further north up the road from Betty's Pies, has wonderful pies in their own right as I have previously reported. We skipped pies this stop but I would seek out the Rustic Inn before Betty's Pies. And trust me, I will succumb to pies later in this trip report.
Here I am thinking healthy again, eschewing their excellent breaded pork tenderloin sandwich for this smoked Salmon wrap
Nancy went for the Walleye cakes
After securing our campsite at the Grand Marais Community Campground we decided to walk a mile west up Highway 61 to The Pie Place
for dinner. We had been there before for breakfast but never dinner. We chose from the lighter side of the menu because I was now determined to introduce pie
back into this report.
So Nancy had the Krab Cakes
…and I settled for a simple BLT
with a side of potato salad...
…all to make room for this shared Lemon Cheesecake
Two miles of walking helped with that caloric decision.
Actually we walked all the way back on into town to relax and have a beer on the Gunflint Tavern
rooftop terrace and listen to live music. I was set on a Surly Bender
I knew they served downstairs in the bar, but alas! they had a very limited tap on the rooftop so I settled for a Summit Ale
. Both brews are fine Twin Cities craft brews.
This is the evening view from the rooftop terrace. There was an art festival going on in Grand Marais and they had Wisconsin Street blocked off. Those are the white tent art booths below.
The next day I was pretty much on my own. I walked around town a lot. I went to the Java Moose Coffee
shop to catch up on the internet, I browsed all the art booths, I spent nearly two hours listening to a live Michael Monroe
concert in the Bay Park. I walked along the break waters and rocks to the light houses and Artist Point.
I stopped at the North House Folk School and learn the spring Building the Brick Bread Oven class built two ovens this year and they were sitting in the yard next to an older oven. They were waiting to be sold. If you have a spare $2,400 you could possibly have one but you would have to arrange for your own transportation, build your own foundation and finish it off.
The weather was again nice so we decided to try the Birch Terrace Supper Club
outdoor terrace. We opted for the sandwich menu, aka, bar menu. Nancy opted for the Philly Cheeseteak…
…and I went for the walleye sandwich.
For dessert we walked back into town to Sydney's
and I had this Dutch chocolate frozen custard waffle cone. We sat yet again on yet another rooftop terrace and enjoyed a view of Lake Superior.
The next morning we got up prepared for a trip up the Gunflint Trail but not before having one final breakfast at the Wild Onion
where I had this eggs Benedict.
We stocked up with dinner provisions at the Cook County Food Coop
and bought some fish chowder to go at the Dockside
. Our destination was the Trails End National Forest Campground 60 miles up the dead end Gunflint Trail.
On the way up we stopped to hike in to Magnetic Rock
. Along the way we found blueberries
were in season so we started picking them along the trail.
Needless to say it took us quite a while to walk the 1-1/2 miles in and back out to see the Magnetic Rock
The Magnetic Rock trail area has suffered numerous disasters. When we first walked it over a dozen years ago it was heavily wooded and you stumbled into the 40 foot high rock at the last moment. Then in 1999 they had a major straight winds blow down that knocked over and topped many trees. The coup de grace was the 2007 Ham Lake Fire that burned through the tender area. Three years later there is recovery going on with head high fir trees. The open area and rock outcroppings have also made great blueberry crops possible.
We got the campsite I had my eyes set on. It is site #10 located at the end of a quiet and secluded dead end road.
The view looking out over Seagull Lake and the edge of the BWCAW was not too shabby either.
The next morning we broke camp and headed home but not before thinking about my Roadfood.com friends and their insatiable appetites for pie
Oh yes, we also made a 4 mile long hike up to Pincushion Mountain
above Grand Marais in preparation for pie. Who said you didn't have to prep and train for roadfood?
The destination was Satellite's Country Inn
in Schroeder, MN 37 miles back down the road toward home. This is a blink and you will miss it kind of stop. You would never guess otherwise what a delight you will be in for. They serve a Wild Blueberry Pie
that is the genuine thing as we now know from picking our own on the Magnetic Trail. If you don't trust and believe me, none other than Andrew Zimmern of Travel Channel Bizarre Foods fame corroborates me. Google it.
Another mission accomplished in preparation for our September RV social. But the one item I had in the back of my mind about dinner had not been resolved and new friends would come into the picture on the internet that would necessitate me making another brick oven and pie significant trip back north in August. So stay tuned...
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