they say you're not a real minnesotan until you've visited the north shore and come back raving about everything you found there. well, after 12 years in the state we finally went up in early july with a full van load. we'd rented a cabin for us, the brats, my visiting parents and the dogs (still going strong at 13 and 14, thank you very much).
the north shore itself is stunningly beautiful. lake superior--i don't know if you know this--is very big; for all effective purposes going to the north shore is like an ocean-side holiday. well, if the ocean is too cold to go into (in july) and the mosquitoes will eat you alive the moment you emerge from it. we were told the mosquitoes wouldn't be too bad in early july, very close to the lake (our cabin was all but in the lake) but this was a LIE: the mosquitoes were terrible. my parents--visiting from delhi--are still in shock.
we ate breakfast and dinners at the cabin and went out for lunch each day. you'll never believe it but i've been writing these meals up on the blog (see below).