Our last day was full of familiarity. At Silver Bay Rog and the kids learned about taconite processing. At Gooseberry Falls State Park we actually skipped the falls and headed to the shore for a picnic and some water time. The temp is still colder on these Minnesota shores.
In Two Harbors we were down near the ore docks watching a ship get filled when a local guy told us all about what we were watching – the names of boats, the cargo, their sizes, the amount of time they are docked to be filled. Between this and the guy at the Soo locks, we may now know more about taconite, tankers, and shipping on Lake Superior than we ever have or ever will.
We hit the expressway to Duluth and even more familiar territory like ice cream at the Portland Malt Shop and heading down to the rocky shore to hang out. Believe it or not, we skipped Canal Park and the aerial bridge (too familiar?) to get to Anchor Bar in Superior to wrap up our trip. Sitting there, this quest was deemed an all around success. No bad weather and no tragedies. And tons of great memories.