episode 1.4 ~ hyperboreal 4th of july

The other night as I attempted to fall asleep, I was privy to quite the show:  lightning bugs against a sky of lightning.  It wasn’t all at once either; it was a back-and-forth flickering, almost like the sky and the fireflies were taking turns.  I guess maybe Nature doesn’t want to steal its own thunder, so to speak.

The whole light show reminded me of the Fourth of July (logical train of thought, right?)  For me, the Fourth usually conjures up images of my grandpa’s backyard, carnival rides, and–most of all–fireworks!

No matter how old I get, fireworks still give me a jolt of excitement.  I mean, it’s exploding fire in the sky, people!  And my hometown has one of the best fireworks shows in the realm.

But nothing compares to fireworks over Superior.

The last couple years I’ve snaked out of work early enough to catch the show down at the harbor in Grand Marais.  First of all, the GM harbor is one of the most beautiful little spots on the planet.

Check out a wonderful fan montage of GM’s harbor on the 4th here!

Second of all, it’s the perfect venue for fireworks.  That ocean of a lake acts as a giant mirror for the pyrotechnics, offering an unrivaled view of the big show.  There’s a sweet parade, glowy necklace thingies, and Kettle Corn!  How can you top that?!

But apparently, Grand Marais isn’t the only big dog in the Independence Day Celebration game.

The last couple years in the restaurant on the Fourth of July, the dinner crowd is in a rush to get to one of two spots:  either GM…or Tofte.

So I did a little digging to find out what all the hub-bub was in Tofte for the Fourth.  Turns out there’s a lot of hub-bub.  But which of the two rules the day you ask?  Don’t worry.  I made a chart:

So technically Tofte has one up on Grand Marais, but GM’s parade glows in the dark so I’m calling it a draw!  Plus it’s Independence Day, not a contest–sheesh!

Either spot offers some really great stuff so if you’re in the area, check it out!  Cheers!

– Mikel


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