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Day 6: Ft. SnellingForts, Vacation2018
Ft. Snelling was an infantry fort built in the 1820s to protect the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. It saw action during the Dakota War coinciding with the Civil War. Design is very different from the sea coast forts I usually go to. No large batteries of guns, just a few in large round towers with central pillars. No ramparts, galacis, moat or the usual features.

Drove 1183 miles in total.

Day 5: Duluth and MinneapolisVacation2018
Finished Duluth by going to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. Drove to Minneapolis. Was able to see the St. Paul Cathedral as we drove in and would come back to it later. Stopped at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, then the Cathederal and spent the rest of the evening at the Mall of America. I needed more books for the plane flight home.

Day 4: DrivingVacation2018
Thursday was the long drive day. Started at the Iron Industry Museum made brief stop at Agate Falls and a Train for a geocache. There isnt much to see. Tree lines roads the whole way.

Arrived in Duluth early so we went to the Great Lakes Aquarium and the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center which is really the Army Corps of Engineers HQ for the area and a museum about shipping and the canal.

Day 3: Canada and nearbyVacation2018
Since we had some extra time and it opened early started at the icebreaker USCGC Mackinaw.

Stopped briefly at the Father Marquette National Memorial where I got to pick a Michigan apple. Apples were all over the state by the way.

Crossed into Canada for the Sault Ste Marie Canal, a geocache and lunch. Had problems getting pictures of the rapids because of flooding.

Came back across to Michigan for the River Museum and the Valley Camp ship a taconite ore freighter. Drove a few hours to Marquette, Mi across the Upper Peninsula.

Day 2: Mackinac IslandGeocaches, Forts, Vacation2018
Took the early ferry to Mackinac Island. Got there before the main fort opened so went walking around the island first doing the uphill part while it was still cool.

Went out to The Arch Rock where there was a geocache and a marker for an old watch tower.

Stopped at the Ft. Holmes a reconstruction of a fort designed to hold the high point of the island, and another geocache.

On the way down stopped at Skull Cave. Not much to see.

Ft. Mackinac was the main reason for being out there. Originally a British fort, handed over to the Americans, retaken by the British in the war of 1812, then given back at the end it sits on the bluff overlooking the town.

Went to the Butterfly Museum and walked around the island before leaving.

Destroyed another pair of shoes in the 10 miles or so walking around the island.

Finished the day at Michilimackinac the old French settlement/fort.

Day 1: Peshtigo and FeyetteVacation2018, Geocaches
Had a problem getting a hotel last night. Had to drive 15 miles south to get out of the range of the Packers game. Picked up Craig at 8am.

Stopped at Peshtigo. There was a forest fire the same day as the Chicago fire and destroyed the town and surrounding area. Killed over a thousand people but its lost in history since the other fire happened the same day.

Second stop was Fayette Historic Townsite. This was an old iron smelting site and accompanying village.

Drove on to Mackinaw City, crossing the Mackinaw Bridge.

Midwest RoadtripVacation2018
Flying to Appleton, WI for vacation. Will cover the upper midwest (Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin) an area I havent been to. Will take a side trip into Ontario also. Tried to get North Dakota in too but its too far out of the way.

Bee Lab and Florida MuseumTravel, Beekeeping
Went to Gainesville for the opening of the bee lab today seeing as my name is permanently on the wall. The red of the Apalahcee Beekeepers sign is the observation hive room. Also went to the Florida Museum while I was there since its a few buildings away. The have a nice butterfly area. On the way back there were two accidents. West bound car on fire stopped traffic just a mile short of an east bound wreck that blocked both lanes and diverted all traffic on that side of the interstate. It was weird to have our lane stopped but nothing on the other side at all.

I saw Parker Solar Probe from my house!Astronomy
Got up at 3:20 for the Perseids but also was lucky since they postponed last night Parker Solar probe launch. Was able to see the Delta IV rocket clear the trees between the church and cell tower when standing next to the sycamore. Got the crappiest photo of a rocket ever. Thats it up and to the left of the row of lights on the church building. Its only visible for a minute or two. Photo is at 3:34 3 minutes after launch.

Also saw 8 Perseids in the 40 mins outside.