This coming weekend is Memorial Day. On Saturday the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center opens for the season. They will be open from now until MEA Weekend in October. Bruce and I went up with our neighbor Fred Smith to install this year’s temporary exhibit. It is called “The Paper Trail.” There is an essay about how we all communicated with each other before computers. We also have some examples of the many journals that people kept about their times on the Gunflint Trail. Copies of these journals are available to read at the museum. Take some time while you are on the Trail to read one of the journals and learn about how life really was on the Trail before electricity, indoor plumbing, snow plowing and other modern conveniences were available.
While we were at the museum we looked out the window. In the bay there is the Ritz Carleton of artificial loon nests. One of our neighbors gave it to us. There are high growing grasses that surround the nest to protect it from eagles swooping down to steal a baby for lunch. On each side there is a slide that loons can easily use to get on and off the net. Right now there is the crown jewel sitting on the nest. We didn’t know when she started sitting but on the average loons sit on their eggs for 17 days. Both the male and the female take turns sitting. If you go to the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, you can visit our camera and see the activity on the nest.
Today I am starting my visit to all the resorts in Cook County. I will be dropping off rack cards for the stables and the canopy tours to let people staying elsewhere know that we are open. Many people staying at places other than Gunflint will visit us to go horseback riding or zipping. It is great fun for everyone.
Of course, there is a reason why I am starting to drop off rack cards today. The World’s Best Doughnuts shop opens for the season. I would not want to miss a nice warm fresh doughnut. There are not a lot of places up here to get a really great doughnut. When you are going through Grand Marais, be sure to stop for this tasty treat.
Bruce and I spent last weekend in the Cities. I needed a grandchild fix. There were some times when it rained alot. Then we found out the kids favorite indoor activity. Grant always seems to move over to his Legos. I have no idea how many he has but there are lots and lots. He can build most anything with them. It is fun to watch his assembly methods.
Mae, on the other hand, was into jigsaw puzzles. Her eyes just see how they all go together. At age 5 she is now up to 500 piece puzzles. You watch her and suddenly she picks up what appears to be a random piece and announces, “I know where this goes.” She does! Neither Bruce nor I can do as well. We are going to have to practice!