It has been raining for over a week, and temperature dropped to lower 50s at night in the Upper Peninsula. Hoping to get to Yellowstone and Grand Teton before the snow comes, we left Fayette and stayed one more night in Michigan at Gogebic State Park. Then we continued our journey west and drove into Wisconsin. Some maple trees along Highway 2 have turned into brilliant red and orange colors. Autumn is knocking on the door. We stopped at the Harbor View Park at Ashland to see Lake Superior. Ashland Breakwater Light lighthouse sits way out there on the lake. Quite a few semis loaded with logs drove through Ashland.
Leaving Ashland, we passed Superior, drove on the blue John A. Blatnik Bridge crossing Saint Louis Bay, and landed on Duluth, Minnesota. We didn’t stop at this industrial city and drove through fog and heavy rain, and arrived at Moose Lake State Park. We had no reservations. It was September 4, one day after Labor Day. But the park office was still closed for the holiday. So we called the hotline and paid $38 for an electric site. We were glad that the heavy rain washed our truck and trailer, but the muddy road in the campground splashed mud and dirty them again. Furthermore, we were disappointed to find out that there was no hot showers in the restrooms because the propane ran out. The rain made this place feel even colder.
The morning sun brighten up the day. We left Moose Lake and drove towards Gull Lake Recreation Area. The country view along the road was beautiful. Cows grazed on the meadow, wild turkeys crossed the road, several sandhill cranes foraged on the fields. We past Mille Lacs Lake, a huge lake that I could hardly see the other side. Minnesota called itself the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” because of its numerous lakes. Mille Lacs Lake is the second largest lake in Minnesota. A column of black smoke rose from the bank in the distance. Soon we pulled over and let the road to the fire engines and trucks. Hopefully the damage was minimum.
The campground at Gull Lake Recreation Area was beyond our expectation. The campsite is deep and spacious. It has good hot showers. Free laundry is a bonus. Nice landscape makes it like a park. The dam raised the Gull Lake level by 5 feet. The dam looks more like a bridge and it might be the smallest dam I have ever seen. It controls the runoff from the drainage area and the Gull Lake Chain. Several anglers were casting lines by the river. We walked to the beach. It is a small beach with a nice swimming area on the lake. Cool breeze blew across the lake, crabapple trees and cranberry viburnums were loaded with red berries. Temperature will drop to 40s tonight. Fall has come to Minnesota early.
On the way walking back to the campground, I took photos of the red berries on a crabapple tree. As I lower my right hand with my iPhone, a small dragonfly landed on my left index finger! My little heart was filled with joy. I managed to take two photos of it on my finger holding my breath. Then it flew away to a leaf on the crabapple tree. I stood on my tiptoes and raised my iPhone and took more photos of it. I love dragonflies!
PS: Photos of meals on wheels.