Summer 2012 travel blog

Today is cloudy in the AM, but it's the day to drive the north shore. The sky cleared as we approach Two Harbors and it was a very nice day. We visited the first office of 3 M and learned it started with a false belief in a rock found here., to be used as an abrasive. They developed a sandpaper that is waterproof, used by Henry Ford, and that was their big start. Of course it has grown through innovation. Then we toured the Edna G tugboat, built in 1896, always coal powered steam driven. It worked the harbor intil 1981. The interior cabin is fine wood, similar to an upscale railroad car, as it was owned by the rr for shipping out iron ore. We then went to the depot and saw the steam powered engine 3 spot that was the first one here in 1883. A mallet is on display also - a powerful coal powered steam engine. Then we toured the lighthouse and walked the pier to view a freighter being loaded with ore. Also we saw a ship waiting in the harbor to come in. A kayak group was in the harbor - it was very windy and I'm sure the trip back was strenuous.

We took the scenic old hwy 61 back to town.

Saturday we drove to Wisconsin point in superior, wi and saw much silt in the lake - some due to the rains. We also saw a festival at barkers island, bought some wild rice that is harvested only by native people, and then saw a sky diving competition at the richard I bong airport. Once again, the day started out overcast and rainy but the sky cleared in the early afternoon to be clear and beautiful.

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