In late July, Kathy and I travelled north to Canada to celebrate Bernice’s 97th birthday.

We drove north across Texas and Oklahoma to Springfield, Missouri on the first day. We continued north west across Missouri to St. Louis where we enjoyed visiting the Gateway Arch for the first time.

The traffic and road construction south of Chicago was terrible but we eventually made it to Portage, Indiana. Stayed at a very grotty motel so we were glad to leave the next morning. Enjoyed the drive north up through the forest and farmlands of the Michigan Peninsular but it became crowded with tourists. Crossed the Mackinac Bridge to stay two nights in St. Ignace, Michigan.

Kathy had wanted to return to visit Mackinac Island so we took the ferry the next day. It was raining hard when we arrived but it gradually cleared up. We enjoyed a great walk past the fort to Arch Rock and then back round the coast to the main town. The horses, houses and gardens were wonderful but it was all a bit touristy.

Kathy decided she did not need to return to Mackinac Island for another 50 years!

We drive on east across the upper peninsula of Michigan to Duluth, Minnesota where we had the required COVID PCR test to cross the border into Canada. We had decided to stay two nights in Duluth to await the results of the COVID PCR test.

Duluth was an interesting surprise. We enjoyed driving the Skyline Parkway above the city an then visiting the Glenshee Mansion

From Duluth we headed west and then north to the Canadian border at Pembina/Emerson. Our first attempt at crossing the border was unsuccessful as we still did no have the results of the test from Duluth. We stayed another night in Grand Forks, received the results of our tests and successfully crossed into Canada!