On the Road
I just got back from a wonderful sixteen day road trip, which only intensified my long standing desire to apply for a job like Charles Kuralt used to have. My husband, our dog and I drove from our home in the Northwest to Lake Superior and followed Highway 2 — one of the so-called “blue” highways, as non-interstate roads used to be depicted on maps. We returned on a route slightly to the south, resulting in a somewhat lopsided circle of travel.
Here, in no particular order, are some things I learned:
- The Amish in northwestern Minnesota make delicious blueberry and raspberry pastries.
- The massive amount of oil drilling and production in North Dakota appears to have unalterably changed the landscape there and feelings run equally deep on both sides of the situation.
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a truly amazing place and I fully understand why Roosevelt chose that location as the site for his personal healing.
- Friday night fish fries continue to be a venerable tradition in Wisconsin.
- Lake Superior is indeed a *GREAT* lake, not unlike the ocean with tides and waves but minus salt and sharks.
- Agates are considerably more difficult to find than represented in tourism literature.
- High school friends are wonderful. Even though we have had little in common over years of not seeing one another, we share a commonality that can never be replaced.
- Family members, though differing politically and ideologically, have my back no matter what. Whoever said that blood is thicker than water, nailed it.
- Dogs and husbands make excellent traveling companions.
- People everywhere love their children and want the best for them.
- The White Stag restaurant in far northern Wisconsin has not changed its menu nor its decor in fifty years and that’s a good thing.
- Great and mighty rivers can have humble beginnings.
- Campgrounds seem to be a magnet for friendly, outgoing folk everywhere.
- Deer like to hang out in cemeteries.
- Fort Peck, Montana is a beautiful, windblown place that I hope to visit again.
- Nothing beats a meat pasty at Syl’s on Main Street in Ontonagon, Michigan. Though I grew up fourteen miles south of the Upper Peninsula, I’ve always been a Yooper at heart.
- People in various parts of the country have dissimilar belief systems and radically different ideas — yet I believe that between us, more similarities than differences exist.
- Excellent, authentic Chicago style hot dogs can be found in northern Wisconsin.
- A 2,000 pound bison bull is a formidable obstacle when standing firmly planted in the middle of the only path to the bathroom in a National Park campground.
- The A&W in Fosston, Minnesota still serves root beer in the original frosted mugs.