Our Chalet Truck Camper

Our Chalet Truck Camper

Monday, June 01, 2009

Florence MI to Federal Dam MN - every westward

May 31 - Florence, MI to Federal Dam, MN

Another day of long, straight, good condition red roads through forests including the Ottawa National Forest where there were a lot of deer standing by the side of the road grazing. Fortunately none of them decided to step out in the road and become venison jerky or hood ornaments.

We remarked today on how genuinely friendly the people of the UP, Wisconsin and Minnesota are. Everywhere we stopped people would see our license plate and come say hello and welcome. We gave a lot of tours of the TC and handed out about all the TC brochures we had. We heard over and over how they own a 5th wheel or a travel trailer and how they are restricted from going where they want to go. Hope there are some TC dealers in the upper tier of the country as there seems to be a pent up demand for our size camper.

If you are on Route 2 passing through Ashland, WI we found a neat little RV park owned by the city. It is called Kreger Park. Turn on Willis Ave. North to Water Street by Lake Superior. Water, power, bathrooms, level, looked safe and right smack on the water. Self registration honor system for $20. We have seen many small towns that have a village park where you are allowed to stay overnight for a honor system payment of $5 to $10 with no facilities. Don't I wish the East had such a system?

We stopped at Amnicon Falls State Park south of Superior, WI and hiked through the woods (and mosquitos) to see a lot of waterfalls and interesting rock formations. Fun to watch the fly fishermen try to cast and not get caught up in the trees. Must take a lot of skill to catch anything in water moving that fast. While we were having lunch, a park ranger knocked and asked if he could see the camper. I didn't know TCs were that unusual!

Superior, WI is the site of the Richard Bong World War II Museum. This veteran was a decorated ace pilot who rebuilt a plane like he flew in the Pacific Theater. Lots of interesting exhibits. Joe stops at most of the war memorials if possible as he reads a lot of WWII history.

Back to Route 2 headed west - where else? Passing through the Chippewa National Forest we came upon an immature bald eagle feeding on a dead deer by the roadside. See those deer are good for something. No way did we approach to try to get a photo as this bird was going to protect his meal. It was a beautiful sight though to see such a huge young healthy looking bird.

Our camp for this evening is at Leech Lake COE Recreation Area in Federal Dam, Minnesota.

This is a must stay park if you are anywhere nearby. Huge camp sites, level, dry, good bathhouse with laundry. It is run by the US Army Corps of Engineers and is used as a base camp by an awful lot of avid fishermen. We paid $16.00 for a water/electric/sewer site - half off because of our Golden Age Passport. Every once in a while getting older pays off. We walked down to the boat ramp and dock and watched lots of fish being off loaded from bass boats to a screen house where they were cleaned. Gulls lined every branch around but nobody was dumb enough to throw out a scrap. Rain has finally moved off and it is a nice sunny 64F at 8:15PM.
Listening to the fishermen and women, they are happy to have open water but just as happy to go ice fishing.

Tomorrow we back road it to Fargo where I am meeting up with an online knitting friend. Then the decision will be made on back roads or use I-94 to get over to Theodore Roosevelt National Grasslands Park. We'll be doing enough way back roads so it might be time to use a fast one to get to the next point.

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