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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Da-Loot and todays chase potential

Heading home from Duluth shortly. Great weather with the big lake as smooth as glass yesterday morning and a nice breeze off the lake in the afternoon. The tall ship exhibit at the Duluth harbor was grossly over rated. The line to get on the ships was up to 5 hours long and besides, you could stand 30 feet away and get the same view. The crowds were HORRIBLE! It was as bad or worse than the state fair (without the yummy food on a stick). Melinda and I decided it wasn't worth the hassle so we heading up the north shore to Silver Bay where there were still quite a few people but far fewer than closer to Duluth. After climbing around on the rocks near the port at Silver Bay, we discovered a huge patch of wild raspberry which were perfectly ripe (and no bears) which made for an end of the day snack. One thing I was really disappointed in was the amount of oil along the shore. When Melinda and Cailyn came out from wading, both had marks on them resembling a sea otter needing to be clean up after the Exxon Valdez incident (OK, maybe a LITTLE exaggerated but still is sad to know it is in there). We'll be heading back in couple of months for the eagle/hawk migration (and A LOT fewer people) along the western shore.

Here are some pics from the day.

Kids heading over the dune on Point Park to see Lake Superior for the first time.

Melinda and thekidlettes checking out the water. Later in the day when the wind shifted to the east/northeast, all the debris from rotting driftwood blew in turning the water pitch black.

Ore boat leaving the harbor in Silver Bay heading towards Michigan. The lake looks great but there are spots with a lot of oil residue along the edges.

Falls near Two Harbors, MN

Melinda and I enjoying the day.

Cullen and Melinda hiking up from the shore.

Picking wild raspberries for an afternoon snack.

Chase today?? I don't think there is a chance in hell the cap will break. Brutal H7 temps are already in place and without a very strong lifting mechanism, it will be a beach day. Tonight looks more interesting as a new MCS should form just about right over where we live so maybe some lighting or structure later.

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