It all started when we decided to have our kitchen remodeled. “Let’s take a road trip while the work is being done,” I said. And Chris agreed, but then after some discussion, we decided to travel north for two weeks, rather than south.
We wanted to re-visit places we visited in summer 2008 while moving from Alaska to our new home in Medford, Wis. Our older Barrow husky Nuna had passed away at the end of 2009, but we still had the other husky Avu.
So we packed our Honda CRV with layers of clothing and Avu’s usual cozy space in the back.
We worked our way up to Ashland and along Lake Superior from Duluth-Superior and revisited the town of Grand Marais. When we came from Alaska in 2008, we’d found a pet-friendly motel right downtown. We were lucky to find it available again.
We spent a few days in Grand Marais enjoying the library, art museums and various restaurants and a nearby coffee café with a nice chilly deck. Every morning, Avu and I would chat with residents out there, discussing various dog breeds and learn how the town gets by in the winter.
Then it was further up to the Canadian border and Thunder Bay. When coming from Alaska, we spent several days there, with Chris needing medical treatment from hordes of mosquitos while camping.
This time we stayed at the same motel we’d occupied back in 2008. Also, there was a new facility just across the street---including a big dog run. Avu had fun running with the Canadian huskies and other breeds.
We learned about the Finnish culture and migration to the area.
We met a young Finnish woman who had come to Thunder Bay as a reporter for the Finland press. She said she gets around on her trusty bicycle, even when the hills are covered with snow and ice.
Then it was back to the U.S., a few more days in Grand Marais and then overnight in Washburn near Bayfield, Wisconsin—just like we did back in 2008.
The next day it was back to Medford to see our new kitchen, which was very nice and bright! We are working hard now to find our dishes, pots and pans, canned foods and so forth.
Good to be back, but also great to re-live parts of our 2008 migration from Barrow, Alaska to Medford.