|Our room at the B&B|
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
2013 Vacation Day 6
Again we awoke to the sound of raindrops on the tent, not many but enough to let us know what was coming. It was a bit early to be waking up on vacation, but we had looked at the weather the night before and rain was in the forecast. Without much talking we both started packing up our stuff. With as many storms as we've dealt with camping we've gotten rather good at tearing down in a hurry and about 15 minutes after we started everything was packed up in the truck. The heavy rain was still a ways out so our stuff was just a little damp. With nothing left to do in the park we headed out. Our first stop was the rest area for bathrooms, and to get the Garmins loaded up with new caches. After that we started off in the general direction of Duluth. We found a place to eat in Brainerd that seemed to have a number of elderly regulars and had breakfast. After that we hit the road with the intention of caching all the way to Duluth. By now the heavy rain had caught up to us and after stopping a few times and getting wet we decided we'd saving the caching for Duluth instead stopping in the small towns along the way. When we arrived in Duluth we stopped at the visitor center at the top of the hill. I think the view would have been amazing, but the rain and fog prevented us from seeing much beyond the windows. We decided to head to Grandma's for lunch since that was one of the places we were both looking forward to. Lunch was fantastic even if the weather wasn't. After lunch we tried to do some caching, but the parking meters all over town had us discouraged.
Eventually 3:00 rolled around and we could check into the Firelight Inn. When we checked in we got a tour of the mansion, since we were the only guests at the time we got to see the other rooms. I was happy that our room, the Superior Suite appeared to be the best. We brought our stuff up to the room, and bummed around for a bit before heading downstairs to figure out where we wanted to go for supper. The bed and breakfast had a number of menus from around the area that we looked through before narrowing the selection down to just a few. One of the owners, Joy came out and we talked through our selections before deciding on a place I had found online, Va Bene. Erin had seen a pizza in the menu that peaked her interest. It had pear, gorgonzola cheese and candied walnuts. I ordered a pasta with shrimp and onion. My pasta was good, but Erin's pizza was far better. Fortunately she shared with me. After supper we returned to the B&B and relaxed before bed.