Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Sunday morning we all said our goodbyes and fond farewells at the Social. Some were planning to stay at least another day. We were heading up the Gunflint Trail and as it turned out two other Bs were planning to follow us up. So the way we went.
We got a late start so I figured we would make the Trail Center Cafe for lunch. We arrived at about 11:30 AM only to see this on a table as we walked in.
The lady had two pancakes larger than the amply large plate. It appeared she ordered more than she bargained for. That was also the clue. On Sunday breakfast lasted until noon before they switched over to a lunch menu. Either that or we could twitter around and wait another half hour. We decided to order breakfasts.
The Hash Browns
Something like a garbage plate?
Wild Rice Cakes
It’s worth looking around. The Trail Center is Esquire Magazine’s highest ranked Minnesota Bar and one of the Top 10 in the nation. It is one of the first stops for canoers coming off the BWCAW and where snowmobilers meet skiers in the winter. I’ve shown you north woods bars with everything tacked onto the walls and ceilings. I believe this one tops them all.
Ceiling over the bar
Chairs nailed to the ceiling?
Entry wall after walking through a gift shop.
Old time piano. Have no idea if it is used.
That was halfway up the trail. We drove onward another 20 miles to the recently opened Chik Wauk Museum dedicated to the history of the Gunflint Trail and its early pioneers. This was once a Lodge that was just recently converted to a museum and opened in July of this year.
Inside are exhibits..
Dominated by a huge central stone fireplace and the customary moose head of course.
The pay off for this trip was at the end, Trails End National Forest Campground. As luck would have it, we found three sites in a row.
Our view from Campground No. 6 looking out toward the BWCAW
And the river flowing into the lake
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