Breakfast at the Hilltop Motel was served outside on a picnic table, and consisted of some unspecified juice, coffee, and delectable cinnamon rolls. A local morning paper was also thoughtfully provided, and I enjoyed reading the seven comic strips while I ate. Also of interest were multiple announcements of open houses for newborn infants.

From International Falls, we took MN-11 westbound, which offered a lot of beautiful scenery as it followed the Rainy River, the border here between Minnesota and Ontario.

Our first stop was only moments from the motel. Willie the Worm leered from his perch like a mummified caterpillar. He wasn’t attractive, but he wasn’t alone: he was surrounded by dozens of overly-friendly mosquitoes.


On our way to the Canadian border, we stopped to photograph the mascot of Baudette, MN, “The Walleye Capital of the World.”


We continued on to Warroad, MN, where we filled the car’s tank up with gas, swapped American greenbacks for Canadian dollars, and replenished our postcard stamp supply. From there we took MN-313 northbound to Canada.