The farthest north we ever went on our “vacation up north” was during our stay in Grand Marais, a cute little town right by Lake Superior and close to the border. We spent three days there in total, the second of which we went to Canada! It was the first time my brothers and I have been out of the U.S.! But I’ll back up and start with our first day there. On our way from the cabin we went to Sawtooth Mountain Park to ride its Alpine Slide. Now let me stop and explain- this particular slide is half a mile long, running down the side of a huge hill. You ride on a sled, and can control your speed. My whole family did it- and my brothers and I each went at least twice-it was a blast!
That night we went out for pizza and went bumming around town, exploring the shops. Austin said that he found his “favorite store ever” in Grand Marais. It was an outdoor gear place with lots of survival equipment and outdoor recreation supplies (like kayaking, canoeing, mountain climbing, etc.). Definitely his kind of thing! Mom and I found a health food store and got a mix of chocolate covered almonds and malted milk balls. Kind of healthy…maybe…the chocolate was dark…and it was from a health food store? Oh well, it was fun anyway!
The next day we went to Ontario, Canada!!! I just had to get a picture of the border patrol station-rather touristy of me, I know.
Once in Canada, everything looked pretty much the same except for the numerous Canadian flags, the road signs were different (most of them I didn’t even recognize), and the speed limit signs were all in kilometers, which was very strange. Lots of them read “90 kilometers”, which can be very confusing at first glance for an American driver! :-)
We went to a reconstructed fur trading post, called Fort William Historical Park, for the day. It was really neat! There were actors dressed up in costumes, and pretending to be from the year 1815. It was very interesting and insightful.
It was so fun to be in Canada. I got a souvenir there- a cute, purple t-shirt with CANADA on it. I’ll always think of our time in Canada when I wear it!