Posted on Sun, 28-Aug-2016Fri, 23-Sep-2016North Shore of Lake Superior – Grand Portage, MN and Thunder Bay, Ontario The cliffs have given way to multiple islands. There is Isle Royal in the distance – about 60 miles – this is the closest we are going to see it on this trip. Imagine being on the shore when these voyagers came in. This is the first tall water falls they were needing to portage around – it is on the border – those on the right cliff are in Canada. This is the replica of the fort at the Grand Portage National Monument. With the birch bark canoe ready to launch. This historian was telling us about the history of gun powder and the fur traders acquiring those skins and food. We also went to another talk on food storage. This birch bark was being prepared to use as roof shingles but it is a similar process for the canoe. We learned the inside of the bark has an antimicrobial property that protects food from mice and other insects as well as having preservative properties. The Travoto is going International! We have decided the quickest route to Voyagers NP is through Canada. Overlooking Thunder Bay. Down on the harbor we found this interesting sculpture in a concert area. It enclosed a space without blocking any of the views. It is all in the details! Fun architecture and sculpture. Refreshing to see! Nature and Industry Hi to our friends traveling British Columbia this summer and finding all these red chairs in scenic locations – we found our own to enjoy for a few minutes in Ontario!