Observations in the last month and in no particular order
Lake Superior is the largest fresh water lake IN THE WORLD.
The sun rises and sets at different times depending on WHERE you are in the time zone. When we first crossed over into Wyoming we were in the most western section of the Mountain Time Zone and the sun was rising before 5am. We were UP with the sun. In northern Minnesota, we seem to be in the middle of the Central Time Zone….sun rise and sun set are feeling kind of normal.
I’ve never had experience with using propane canisters before. We started off almost a month ago with two full 20 lb. canisters. The propane runs our refrigerator when we are rolling down the road, the stove, the water heater at times and the coach heater when it’s cold in the morning. We had no idea how long it would last. We think that perhaps we had magic propane, because the first canister just ran out. AND….$13.65 for long lasting fuel seems really cheap.
North Dakota grows a lot of flax and canola. Beautiful periwinkle, and yellow flowers. We should all eat more flax and canola oil if just for the fields of color.
We didn’t buy a TV for the travel trailer. We normally watch LOTS of television and I thought I couldn’t live without CNN. We haven’t missed it, and once again we are hooked on NPR. I love getting up early to knit and listen to Morning Edition.
The Red River of the North, which is the border of Minnesota and North Dakota, flows NORTH into Hudson Bay. It does not flow south into the gulf.
When in International Falls, LOTS of people are driving into Canada and most of them are pulling boats. You should see the line-up of cars waiting to cross the border and because of new border rules, there is lots of inspection going on.
We asked the Voyageurs National Park Rangers if they ever wander over into Canada when they are leading the boat tours of the park. An emphatic “no” was their response. There is a heavy presence of Border Patrol, Park Police, Coast Guard, Forest Service, Canadian Provincial Police, Customs, International Falls Police and Sheriffs all patrolling the area.
The border of the US and Canada in these boundary waters was determined by the route the French Canadian fur traders took with their canoes to get to Montreal.
Ethanol…..made with corn, locally grown US corn. Our new truck can use E85 (85% ethanol) when it is available. We first spotted an E85 pump in International Falls, and now again in Duluth. It’s WAY cheaper, so we had to give it a try. Okay. It was $2.19 a gallon (regular gas is $2.84)….miles per gallon is significantly less, BUT the cost per mile is significantly less also. So, since the truck works just as well using Ethanol, we will probably use E85 when available. We will just have to fill up more often.
Loons have a beautiful and plaintive call.
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