Annie Larsen Beck and I had a successful trip up the shore to Grand Marais and back two weekends back. We delivered books to Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais--who subsequently scheduled a Writer's Salon reading on Saturday, August 24th--then Solbakken Giftshop--plus a stay in their wonderful suites by Lake Superior, and an indulgent stop at Lutsen Resort to see for myself The Superior Life on the shelves of the giftshop!
Sunday was set aside for hiking, despite bluster and rain. A quick hike up Britton Peak was all we could manage without raingear, but I read the poem "Mettle" from the mountaintop and it worked! With the misty shadow of barely green birch below, I could shout at the big lake and woods below--"let me in Spring!/ Lap open the pores of me/ the pallid skin of my soul" Annie was relieved, I think, that the hikers behind us had a hard time skipping up the slippery path, and missed my imitation of that dude in Room with a View who shouts poetry from an olive tree on the Italian mountainside and falls out of the tree mid-sentence.
Then, while hiking up the Temperance River at Temperance River State Park, we bumped into Kristi Lee and Dick Lent! Coincidentally, Kristi had just bid on The Superior Life at the Superior Hiking Trail Association Annual Meeting, and won! My brother, Mark Larson, donated two books for the cause, and my friend won the bidding! Meanwhile the rains were raging down the gorge of the Temperance and life couldn't get much better.