Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Grand Marais B Social

Heidi and I spent a wonderful 4 days in Grand Marais Minnesota this last weekend, hanging out with a great bunch of people who happen to be fellow "B" owners. I didn't get a confirmed final count, but I believe there were a total of 19 vans in our group. A few different makes were represented including Roadtrek, Pleasure Way, Leisure Travel Vans, Sportsmobile and one larger rig, a very nice Itaska Navion IQ.

The location was nice and right along the shore of Lake Superior. This is the view of the fairly protected bay area. This shot was taken while standing in the RV park.

I apologize for my somewhat slack picture taking. I was enjoying my time so much getting to know all the great new friends we made that I was pretty slow with the camera. At any rate, here are a few of the B's I did manage to get pictures of.

The first morning after meeting a few of the "neighbors", a local couple, George and Lesley, had us all up at their beautiful place for some amazing brick oven pizza. They are also fairly new owners of a very nice American Cruiser B that didn't stay at the park.


Lesley did an incredible job of cooking all the personal style pizzas after each person "built" their own with the toppings of their choice.

This was Heidi's creation which she said was the best pizza she has ever had. It was mighty good pizza indeed! Thank You George & Lesley!

The afternoon and evening was spent getting to know all our new friends and also watching Barb & Florence attempt to grill a hot-dog which was easily the funniest thing I have witnessed in quite a while. I believe there were at least 12-15 people involved or observing the attempts at lighting the charcoal and it just got more entertaining from there. Okay, so you probably had to be there to appreciate it fully, but seriously it was pretty hysterical!


The next day we spent most of the afternoon up on the Gunflint Trail, enjoying the amazing scenery. We learned a little history about the area at the Chik-Wauk Museum and enjoyed some pie that was part of the "Taste of the Gunflint Trail" event going on over the weekend. We also stopped at the Gunflint Lodge and enjoyed some walleye chowder. That stop was pretty special to Heidi, who always considered Justine Kerfoot (longtime owner of the lodge) to be one of her heroes. Justine passed away in 2001, but the lodge is now owned and operated by her son Bruce. Heidi spent a few moments talking to him which meant quite a lot to her.

The evening brought more excellent food in the form of a pot-luck back at the RV Park. The B'ers put out quite a spread! Great food and a lot of fun conversation! Later, before turning in for the night, there was a nice fire to share in the pavilion by the water. We said most of our goodbyes at that time.

Before the 1 o'clock checkout, there was time to visit a little more and explore the inside of a few of the remaining B's as well as show some of Taj's finer points. Heidi and I had so much fun getting to know everyone! We can't wait to see more of them in the future! Special Thanks to David who was responsible for making it all happen!

Parting Shot is of Taj sitting next to the bay after a serious scrubbing at the car wash. She was pretty dirty after her day up on the gunflint!

5 comments:

  1. That meetup must've been a blast. Looks like quite a few of your neighbors there chose the sprinter chassis for their B's.

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  2. It was a blast Sarah! Thanks for the comment! Yeah, there were a bunch of Sprinter based rigs in the group with happy owners. They were all pretty nice! The one rig that surprised me was Barb and Florence's 07 Pleasure Way Excel TD, very roomy and incredibly nice inside! I am not usually real fond of the wide body models, but that one was quite decent! Even after seeing all the great rigs there though, Taj still suits us fine and makes us happy!

    -Mike
    97 RT 170P "Taj Ma Trek"
    HTTP://WWW.VanTramps.Com

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  3. Barb and Florances charcoal fire was one of the funniest things I've witnessed in years. Plus the fact that she dropped the same hotdog twice.
    After we left the rally Sunday we headed up the Gunflint trail and camped 2 nights there. What some gorgous scenery.....just wish it would have been a little less windy. We did manage a bon fire each night which was nice. Hope you can make the April rally in Tombstone.
    Was nice to have you youngsters join the group.
    Anne

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  4. What a nice gathering--- and such a pretty area.
    Looks like you guys had a great time!

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    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard
    http://kareninthewoods-kareninthewoods.blogspot.com/

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  5. Hey Anne, Thanks! We really had a great time with you all! I am pretty sure we will be fine for the April Rally in Tombstone! Hope we get to see you there!

    Thanks Karen & Steve, It was a gorgeous area and not that far from where you guys recently were here in MN! Thanks for the comments!

    -Mike

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