Today, Glen Flanagan joined me on our run from Hwy 1 to Silver Bay. I’m not used to having somebody along who speaks English. Leo can understand a few words, but he doesn’t speak it very well.
We dropped my truck in Silver Bay and drove up to the small parking lot along the road to Ely. And we were off straight up a rocky scramble. Skies were overcast and threatening rain, but the big pond was doing its job of stiff-arming the precipitation. We started downhill into the Baptism River drainage. We got the obligatory Leo swimming shot under the High Falls of the Baptism River. Supposedly the highest falls completely within the borders of Minnesota. The Pigeon River Falls are higher, but that river is the border between us and Canada. It’s important to know the facts. About waterfalls. Stop laughing.
We crossed the steel suspension bridge above the falls. Leo struggled across the steel mesh flooring. I checked his feet after. He wouldn’t let me carry him across. Stubborn. The last time I walked across that bridge, I had Sam on my back in a child-carrier.
We climbed up The Drainpipe to Mt. Trudee. Yet again, another mountain of anorthosite with north facing cliffs. Pretty neat views of the Tettegouche state park lakes. Yellow of the remaining foliage mixed in nice with the gathering clouds and mist.
It was nice to pass the time in conversation with somebody who can answer your questions. Glen and I were both stationed at Eielson AFB in Alaska together. We both had our first assignment for Uncle Sam there with the 18th Fighter Squadron Blue Foxes. I commented that it seemed like another lifetime ago. Funny how the world gets smaller and smaller. Or at least it would if I could remember all the people that I’ve met. And the new people I meet. But every BB I put in my ear shoves a BB out the other ear.
We also talked about his new four month old boy. I remember that being a challenging time. Glen deals with it by still being fast as hell.
We crossed the Palisade Valley and climbed up to the cliffs above Bear Lake and Bean Lake. The last time I was there I had Grace on my back in a child carrier. I took pictures, but after a few minutes on the big ledge next to Bean Lake, I just blew off the camera and looked out into the calm, green surface of the lake. Big drop off the cliff. Nice views. Glen had been ice fishing on the lakes on a sunny winter day. Different effect today.
We trotted into the parking lot in Silver Bay. Sam’s been with me on a couple runs. But Glen was the first runner from outside la familia. We both had on new shoes. No turned ankles. No rain. Success. And Glen was kind enough to slow down to my pace. Wish him luck on next week’s trail half marathon as part of the Wild Duluth races.
Today’s Data: North Shore Shmo: Leg 34
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T-Shirt of the Day:
Glen tried to find an old Blue Fox shirt from our time back in Alaska but had to settle on an Alaska hat. I was afraid today was going to be soaked in rain so I had on two long-sleeve layers. The top layer had nothing at all. But, coincidentally, it was North Face layer that I bought while I was in Alaska. Over 20 years ago. This thermal layer has been used constantly for over 20 years. It’s still in good shape. One of the best products I’ve ever bought. So we were Alaska themed after all. Blue Foxes!