Shopping last night so I'd have milk and bananas for breakfast today, I ran into an old co-worker from the late 1980's I think I've seen once since that job went south. It was kind of interesting to chat with him but I really was in a hurry.
Gaming was good. We played Ticket to Ride Marklin, and my instincts for general Ticket to Ride strategy proved sufficient; I was in last place before scoring destination tickets, but I had the most tickets and finished in first place.
The dogs were safely picked up from Jim and Robin last night. Windy is pretty much the same -- signs of major internal trouble and he's lost a third of his fur, but he's still in good spirits.
The last memory card finished copying into the temporary holding directory last night while I slept. 2698 images from the trip.
Got up and got to the post office to get my mail; turned out they are open half an hour later than I remembered so I could have fiddled around a little longer before going.
Now, as I write this, I'm starting to sort the images. (There are a bunch of "wait for a bunch of files to copy" steps in my work flow.)
My trip itinerary was:
Thursday, June 15: Drove to Wisconsin. Stopped at Castle Rock wayside on I-90/94 (exit 55 on I-90, just before Tomah), a quite impressive rock formation, well worth stopping. Spent the night in Tomah.
Friday, June 16: Spent a few hours at Black River State Forest along I-94. Drove to Minneapolis, found the motel, found the pre-wedding party, had a good time, found the motel again.
Saturday, June 17: Found Minnehaha Park in the morning. Took a bunch of pictures of the falls area. Lunch at the park restaurant. Wandered around, eventually found the wedding site. Wedding. Trouble (see below). Potluck after reception, then found the after-wedding music party, and the motel again.
Sunday, June 18: Drove north. Visited Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, and Temperance River on the way to motel in Grand Marais.
Monday, June 19: Drove north again, stopped at Kadunce Creek, visited Grand Portage State Park (Pigeon Falls) and Judge C. R. Magney State Park (Brule River), then back to Grand Marais.
Tuesday, June 20: Briefly north again, explored Kadunce Creek upstream, thoroughly explored Temperance River, stopped at Cross River, found motel in Illgen City, quick look at Palisade Head.
Wednesday, June 21: A couple miles up Highway 1 to the Baptism River crossing at Eckbeck Campground, spent most of the day at Tettegouche State Park (Baptism River), Palisade Head again, dinner at Northern Lights restaurant at Beaver Bay, then a wayside a bit past Split Rock Lighthouse at dusk because the lighthouse was actually lit. Then on to Duluth for the night.
Thursday, June 22: Visited Banning State Park and Wild River State Park, then headed down along the Great River Road, stopping at Interstate State Park and Afton State Park. No more significant stops, due to poor time management/planning, but nice views. All motels full at Winona; finally found a Wendy's in La Crosse and a motel in Sparta.
Friday, June 23: Just drove home.
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In spite of the bad things, I had a wonderful time up there.