Jay and I were supposed to be gone already for vacation, but I guess I mixed up the dates and everyone thought we were going tomorrow. It’s nice, because it gave me a little time to get some things tidied up here at home, and it gave me some time to do some research (aka dink around on the internet) about what to do up there by my parent’s place.
I might actually end up posting some pictures for a change, but I’m really not ready to make a committment to that. Our plan so far is to leave tonight, (for all of you worried about our pets – no worries! Allie (she of the canine persuasion) is coming with us, and Jay’s sister is staying at our house for the week to watch over the cats. (Athena, Trot, Luci, Arun, and Phyll.) Oh, and the fish (Quincy) should be fine, too. 🙂
Bill is happily off at Camp Courage for the umpteenth time. He started going when he was 21, missed only one year, so this is his 45th year, I guess. Dang. That’s a long time. And he absolutely loves it. His only complaint is that it used to be 2 weeks, and now it’s 5 days. And since he has 5 days, we have 5 days. 🙂
Sawyer MN, where my parents live, is near Cloquet, which is near Duluth. Our plan so far consists of going to Jay Cooke State Park tomorrow for a program about what to do if you are lost in the woods. We are bringing my mom and the dogs. It should be fun. We might also go up to Duluth to explore the Enger tower and the gardens.
On Saturday, we are going to buy these Explore Duluth passes from the Vista Cruise company. It’s only $24, and we get to go on a 1 1/2 hour cruise, a 2 hour train ride, and we get to go to the aquarium. We will also be having dinner (not included) at Pizza Luce, the official favorite pizza of our branch of the McMahon family.
Sunday, I guess we are pontooning and swimming at Mom and Dad’s. Hopefully we will also get to see some of my relatives. Other than that, we are pretty open. Jay wants to rent bikes, which you can do at Canal Park, I like to go to Park Point, and we will explore Duluth on foot, too.
One other thing I’d like to try is this Superior White Water rafting on the St. Louis River, part of Jay Cooke State park – or just north of it? – they have white water rafting for $40 each, or we can rent a 2 person kayak for $10 an hour and explore the calm lake… I have to see what Jay wants to do.
I’ll be reporting back on whatever we find interesting. My only fear is finding enough vegan food on vacation, but we are bringing a cooler with fake hotdogs and sausages, lots of spinach, some pasta stuff, soy milk and so on, so I’m sure we won’t starve.