Ace of Aces & a 1000 foot ship.

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Apostle Islands Rally has come to an end so we said goodbye to our BAC friends on Wednesday and made the short drive back west to Dultuh.  We settled into our new 'home' at Ogstons RV park and proceeded to take the afternoon off.  

The city of Duluth and it's neighbor to the east, Superior Wisconsin, are known as the twin ports.  Both cities lie along the shores of Lake Superior and they are ranked amongst the top 40 busiest ports in the country.  Superior, Wisconsin is also home to a fascinating museum chronicling the life of Major Richard Ira Bong.  

The oldest of 8 children born to Swedish immigrants, Richard Bong became a fighter pilot during World War II.  During service in the Pacific Theater, Major Bong became the "Ace of Ace's" shooting down a confirmed 40 enemy aircraft.  He was awarded the Medal of Honor and sent back stateside.  Upon his return to Wisconsin he married his fiance', helped sell war bonds and was ultimately sent out to California to work as  a test pilot.  Major Bong was killed in an accident while test flying a P-80. He was only 24 years old. 

After spending time at the Museum we headed back across the bridge to Duluth's Canal Park.  This park sits along the shores of Lake Superior and contains shops and restaurants.  A not to be missed free museum run by the Army Corps of Engineers is located here as well.  We spent a very enjoyable afternoon here watching ships go in and out of the man made canal, under the aerial bridge and into the Duluth harbor.  The large Great Lake Freighters come into this harbor to fill up with coal, iron and grain.  We were fortunate enough to be able to watch one of these 1000 foot ships head out into the Lake on its way to the steel mills of Indiana.  
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Where I stayed
Ogstons Campground - full hookups for $25 a nite

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