Lake Superior rarely left our sight as we circumnavigated counterclockwise its amazing shores and beautiful aquamarine blue waters. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with its broad sand beaches, carved out sand cliffs and towering sand dunes were a favorite. We camped high up on the cliffs after an easy backpack on sandy trails. The sky was brilliantly sunny all week but chilly temps in the 30's at night. Thankfully we packed a down comforter to cover our sleeping bags and stayed toasty warm in our cozy backpacking tent. We proceeded on to the Sault Saint Marie Locks where we were entertained with numerous ships negotiating the narrow canals (in quite a cross-wind). Entering Ontario, we suddenly felt like we were entering a foreign country (and of course, we were). Lodging and restaurants became somewhat scarce as we were traveling well before tourist season. The advantage--no crowds anywhere! Our poor old Subaru barely made it up the long inclines the Trans-Canada highway takes you along the mountain-like terrain of the NE shores of Lake Superior. Fortunately there are many passing lanes which allow for our type to be passed by the swifter moving semi trucks. After spending our 5th and final night in Thunder Bay, we mosied our way down the familiar North Shore. The new Heritage Center Museum at Grand Portage was well worth the stop. The fort was closed for the season, but the history of the Ojibwa and Voyageurs was very well presented at the museum. Next on our route was a stop in Grand Marais for lunch and great hopes that the Angry Trout would be open. To our great joy, they had just opened the day before and we savored the best meal of the whole trip. (Canada is definitely not a gourmand's dream). The fresh lake trout and fried herring served with many delicious locally grown veggies and fruit were heaven. We'll make the drive up from Duluth just to eat there. Speaking of trip food, the second best meal was the Thai Chicken Burritos we had picked up at Burrito Union in Duluth as we were leaving town at the beginning of the week. When we returned home and looked out on our beautiful shoreline, we felt this special connection with all we had seen and experienced on Lake Superior's distant shores.
We'd highly recommend this 1300 mile trek around one of the most magnificent lakes in the world and we'd be happy to provide comfortable accomodations and a delicious breakfast at the Ellery House B&B as you linger in Duluth.