Grand Marais, MN – August 10, 2012
If you have no idea who Wally is, read this first.
“Don’t think I didn’t hear what that guy decked out in the voyageur costume said yesterday.”
Oh, hi, Wally, nice to see you too. Happy two month anniversary of the trip!
“Happy nothing. I heard what that guy said.”
What guy? What are you talking about?
“Don’t play games. I spent all week fighting off that family of leeches that were treating your foot like an all you can eat buffet. Whole thing swelled up like a balloon.”
“Get over it. You know why I’m here. You know what I’m talking about.”
The Savanna Portage? No way, that guy was just kidding…maybe.
“You know how long it took the voyageurs to haul 180 pounds up and down the Grand Portage?”
“How long did the Grand Portage take you?’
“And the Savanna portage took the voyageurs how long?”
But that was 200 years ago.
“Has the Mississippi grown legs and moved closer?”
No, what’s your point?
“My point is that I want a pint of frozen custard, some homemade bread, a bag of donuts, as many cookies as I can eat, and some ice cream.”
And then you won’t complain about the portage?
“No, that’s just for dragging me a hundred and fifty miles in the wrong direction to go around Isle Royale. The portage will cost you an arm and a leg.”