Back from Ely and Gunflint... My (non canoe) trip reportMay 24 2012 at 10:54 AM
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My wife and I had reason to be in Minneapolis last week, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to show her this part of the world. Not being a camper, she has always been left behind when my son I would go to the "Q", and I thought she would enjoy seeing this incredible place from the comfort of a cabin. As it turned out, she loved it!
We left the twin cities around 9:30AM on Friday with very warm, but otherwise nice weather. The first stop was at the rest area at the southern edge of Duluth on I-35. Absolutely beautiful views from there, and clean restrooms. So beautiful in fact, that we stopped on the way back to MSP yesterday too. A brief stop at Canal Park to visit the Duluth Pack store, which is always worth a stop, and then up the north shore headed to Gunflint Lodge. Duluth has a lot of character, and we both enjoyed our short visit. Lake Superior and the drive up the shore is something everyone should see. It is dramatically beautiful. Had lunch at Betty's Pies around 2PM, and made quick stops at split rock lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls, then finally to Grand Marais. After gassing up and buying a little wine for the cabin, we headed up the Gunflint Trail. Finally arriving at the lodge a little after 5PM, we checked into "Romantic Cabin" #4.
Our cabin was very nice, and sat just a few feet from the shore of Gunflint Lake with a short stroll to the dining area and lodge office. We were registered for a 3 night stay, and were treated very well by the staff there. Very service oriented and friendly people, and the lodge and it's immediate surroundings are beautiful. This was the start of a wonderful few days. Have to wrap this up for now, but will continue this mini (non-canoe) trip report later. Cheers!