G is for…

GGrand Portage

On the border of Minnesota and Canada on the shores of Lake Superior is an old fur trading outpost. It’s a national monument and has been preserved to show what life was like for the early explorers of the fur trading routes of the northern Great Lakes. Visiting is like taking a step way back in time.

Looking at the lodge from the dock.

Looking at the lodge from the dock.

We paid a visit here back in 2008 while we were vacationing in my home state. It was very cool to walk around and see the way these folks lived in the 18th and 19th centuries in that far north outpost. Even though it was August it was still a cool day with the breeze blowing off the lake. Furs would have been appreciated.

Tools for making a birch bark canoe.

Tools for making a birch bark canoe.


A finished birch bark canoe

A finished birch bark canoe


They aren't kidding. Lake Superior maybe warms up to 40 degrees F in the height of summer.

They aren’t kidding. Lake Superior maybe warms up to 40 degrees F in the height of summer.

2 thoughts on “G is for…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s