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S: Our Vacation, Our Adventure, Our Story Lake Kabetogama, MN

BC: Lake Kabetogama is part of Voyagers National Park and consists of 25000 acres of water and over 200 islands.

FC: Lake Kabetogama, MN | Our Vacation Our Adventure Our Story By: Scott, Carrie, Kristin, and Anthony Twichell Tony, Paula, and Nathan Eldridge

1: Vacation 2011 | In February, we bought a vacation package to Lake Kabetogama in Minnesota from a Whitetails Unlimited Banquet. So after much planning August 13-21 it was.

2: Waiting patiently at the gas station | On the road to Kabetogama. We left the house at 7:45 am Friday August 12, 2011. | Nathan sleeping, as usual, when on a road trip. We always knew Anthony was comfy.

3: It's a long story getting on the road. First, Carrie's car didn't want to start in Tony's driveway. Then, 2 hours later, near St. Joe, Tony's truck lost power and we had to pull off into a gas station. Long story short, we had the truck towed; kids, Carrie and Paula waited 3 to 4 hours for Scott and Tony to go home and get another truck to hook up the boat. | Mostly pictures of Duluth, MN because Carrie forgot she had the camera's with her in the car. | August 12th and 13th, 2011

4: Our first stop on our vacation (other than to eat and the hotel.) The underground tour was closed due to a fire last winter and has yet to be repaired | Larry Car | Carrie is ready to be hauled around | Transports workers in and out of the mine | August 13, 2011

5: Soudan Iron Mine, Minnesota

6: Main Entrance to our cabin. | View of the cabin from the lake. | August 13, 2011

7: Home Sweet Home Cabin 7 | Nate on the computer.

8: Only for you Kristin will I smile.!

9: Lots of opportunities to relax on the dock. Kids mainly spent time on the dock going to and from the boat. Scott and Tony found it relaxing on Monday when they could finally get their beer. | August 15, 2011

10: Beaver Lookout | Beaver Dam | What are friends for but to try and push one in?

11: Carrie, Anthony, and Nate took a side trip to the Ash River Visitor Center. There was a small hiking trail to a beaver outlook.They saw many beaver huts, climbed some rocks, and saw some great scenery. | August 15, 2011

12: Ice Barn which the owner would store 2 years worth of ice by bringing it in layers with a hoist system | location for individual ice boxes | August 15, 2011 | Barn was built by all "dead heads"

13: Our Ride to Hoist Bay | Hoist Bay Cabins. There are 4 in total with a kitchen building and mess house. | Carrie and Kristin waiting patiently for our trip to Hoist Bay | What remains of the railroad when the resort was a logging camp

14: Paula, Carrie & Kristin hiked the Echo Bay Nature Trail. | Kristin- Don't let the bears eat you! | Kristin and Paula standing at the end of the trail. Can you see us? | follow the signs | What are those girls doing?

15: Kristin standing on the lookout rock. | Blue Heron Nest? Not a clue | Beaver Dam | Large area of Beaver Dams | August 16, 2011

16: Ellsworth rock garden was originally owned by a man and wife from Chicago. They bought it in 1944 and bcgan creating the rock garden and sculptures themself by hand. | Ellsworth Rock Garden | August 17, 2011

17: Mr. Ellsworth got sick in 1965, which was the last time he and his wife visited the island. It was given to Voyagers National Park in 1988 and the park began restoration in 1997. Lots of work left to do.

19: Everyone loved fishing. They didn't bite the greatest, but we had a great fish fry the first day. Pike tasted wonderful.

21: Have Water... will travel

22: International Falls: Laundry shopping, lunch at the Chocolate Moose, and a tour of Boise Paper mill (the mill tour was closed. We missed it by 1 hour).

23: We were hoping to see the US/Canadian bridge. Unfortunately, we couldn't see it, but enjoyed a nice hike in the process and a climb on the rocks, of course. | August 18, 2011

24: Bog Walk In Orr, MN | August 18, 2011

25: We all went on a Bog walk before seeing the bears on Thursday. Nice little stroll.

26: Cubs climb the trees during feeding time | Many bears. Huts volunteers live in. | Cub just hanging around | August 18, 2011

27: Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary | Orphan cub on the left that is not expected to make it | Glad we don't own the red car. This is what damage hungry bears can do | Schwinn (3 legs)

28: Getting in a final day of relaxation with a visit to the state park. The boys "thought" they would go swim. NOT. | Woodenfrog State | Woodenfrog State | August 19, 2011

29: Sea Foam Anyone? YUMMY | Park | Park | Nate: texting, AGAIN

30: Flora, Fauna | Flora | Fauna

31: Fungus, Feces | The most interesting scenery from our walks. | Fungus | Feces

32: Wildlife and Scenery/Landscape | Wait a minute, what kind of wildlife is that? I'd be afraid of that group of wildlife.

33: Some absolutely beautiful scenery in Minnesota. Most of the wild life we saw were Eagles, Loons, Ducks (with babies), Pelican, and a major hatching of Pine Flies! | Loon | Ducks | Pelican | Eagle | Pine Flies

34: The Big Walleye | August 19, 2011

35: Paula & Carrie stopped by for a drink | Mmmmm. Tastes like......water. | August 20, 2011

36: FUMEE FALLS NORWAY, MI | Lower Falls | View from the top of the falls | August 20, 2011

37: On the way back to the hotel after seeing the iron mine, Carrie and Paula spotted these falls on the side of the road and decided to stop and take a look | Carrie and Paula had their own mini vacation/site seeing expedition. The kids wanted to swim and the guys drink beer so we left them at the hotel. | Upper Falls

38: Carrie and Paula took their own tour of an iron mine on Saturday, August 20th. We made it in time for the last tour at 4:00 pm. We had about 5 minutes to "gift" shop when the tour was over. It was a close call because we almost missed our opportunity after the disappointment at the Soudan Mines. | August 20, 2011

39: Iron Mountain Iron Mine Michigan

40: Goodbye, Minnesota | August 20, 2011 | Entering

41: Hello, Michigan | August 20, 2011 | Wisconsin

42: We thought it would make a cute picture to have the kids on the rock. | August 21, 2011 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

43: Mackinaw | The kids took a great picture but Nate decided to help Kristin off the rock and she decided he needed payback. | 5 | 6 | 7

44: Taking a short break in Mackinaw after a long drive.

45: Cannot go to Mackinaw without getting a picture of the bridge | August 21, 2011

46: Barge traveling on Lake Michigan

47: Final stop before getting home. | Last family photo opportunity during this vacation. | August 21, 2011

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