Duluth Pack packs a warming-fire

A warming-fire for the public at the Duluth Pack store.
A warming-fire for the public at the Duluth Pack store.

Tonight many people shopped in Canal Park. Here an employee of the Duluth Pack store stands outside on Canal Park Drive by a warming fire he had built to add to the holiday shopping ambiance.  Ironically it was a balmy 30 degree Fahrenheit so the fire wasn’t really needed. But then again most people don’t want to stand around outside when it is much colder. So it was a fun thing to see.

A Duluth Pack is what the trappers and packers used in Minnesota 150 years ago to transport furs in canoes.
Ironically today is the 127th anniversary of Camille Poirer, applying for a patent on the Duluth Pack. The site says: On December 12, 1882, Camille filed for a patent on a new type of packsack. It was a canvas sack that closed with a buckled flap, had new-fangled shoulder straps in addition to the traditional tumpline, a revolutionary sternum strap and an umbrella holder (for portable shade in this newly cutover country.)

To learn about the history of Duluth Pack read here.

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Current: Cloudy
Wind: NW at 12 mph
Humidity: 63%
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Partly Cloudy
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Snow Showers
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Mostly Cloudy
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Fog on below zero day

Fog on a winter morning
Fog on a winter morning

Friday was another bone-chilling day. It was challenging taking this photo because it was so cold. The windchill was 22 degrees below zero. It took me just about as long to bundle up to go outside as it did to take the photos. I wanted to stay out longer to try a different camera lens, but my  trigger finger was getting to cold.

Duluth, Minnesota (Airport)
Updated: 6:55 PM CST on December 11, 2009
-14 °C
Windchill: -22 °C
Humidity: 63%
Dew Point: -20 °C
Wind: 15 km/h / 4.1 m/s from the SW

Pressure: 1019 hPa (Falling)
Visibility: 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
(Above Ground Level)
Snow Depth: 7.62 cm
Elevation: 435 m
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Bitterly cold fog

Bird flying over ship on  cold, foggy Lake Superior
Bird flying over ship on cold, foggy Lake Superior

It was bitterly cold today and this morning steam rose from Lake Superior as a lone ship boat waited outside the harbor. It made an interesting site. The Lake is usually about 42 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature on land was below zero. The tempature shown below says it was only 6 below, but it felt much colder. The windchill was 21 degree below zero.

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Current: Clear
Wind: S at 10 mph
Humidity: 73%
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Mostly Cloudy
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Mostly Cloudy
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Parked-train-blocks-view-of-Lake-SuperiorOne of the great things about living in Duluth is seeing Lake Superior. Today a people expressed concern that this empty coal train would be parked here for the winter and block the enjoyment drivers get seeing the lake. I am not sure if this is train is destined to spend the winter parked here or not. The cars are empty. The train extends from several blocks from the tunnel at about 14th Avenue East to the 21st Avenue East exist of I-35. If the plans are to have the train there all winter it is too bad it could be taken up a few block north so the view would not be hidden.

We had a snow storm last night. It was too bad for Duluth, but our neighboring state to the south, Wisconsin, was essentially closed for the day.

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