If you haven’t figured it out already, we love scenic drives, especially along coastlines. So that’s what we thought we were setting out to do. After all, the drive includes the Apostle Island National Seashore. Don’t get me wrong, we did occasionally see some coastline including 2 areas of National Seashore. However, for most of the drive I will refer you back to the video of Roger’s blog, “Scenic Drive.” Only this time you have to play it for 4 hours to get the idea.
|Remains of the miller's farm|
At the start of the drive there was a Finnish style windmill that was built in 1903 and was used to grind grain. After an hour we looked for the Oriental Falls. There were no signs but we found a road by that name and
turned on to it. It was gravel and eventually we came to a spot in that road where it was posted, “Private road, keep out.” So we turned around without seeing any water fall.
We did stop for a lovely lunch at Brule River State Forest which is at the mouth of the Brule River. There was an older couple (Yes, I can actually say that even though nowadays we are usually the older couple) there for a short while, but they left and we had the picnic area to ourselves. We had a lovely view of Lake Superior.
|Apostle Islands National Seashore - geared for boats, not cars.|
|Apostle Island tour boat. Another visit perhaps.|
Next we headed to a local farm looking for fruit. All we got was raspberries. Nothing else had ripened. Apparently the crops are about 2 weeks late this year. Blueberries are supposed to be ready next week.
So then we headed back to our RV on Hwy 2 and got home in just an hour. I wish we had just taken that road, gone to Bayview and then taken the tour boat or ferries to the Apostle Islands. Next week we finish up the North shore of Minnesota from Grand Marais. I think Roger already tried to explain that anomaly.