Hello from another part of the UK. Like Mummabear we are travelling from Chicago to Ely next year. We are attending the bear study course in July and have around 9 nights after the course to tour. We had originally thought we might do a whistle stop tour around the bottom of Lake Superior and down Lake Michigan but reading the replies to Mummabear's post can see that we would be missing out by rushing through your State. We are now tempted to have a complete change and travel up to Grand Marais and spend some time there and then travel back down to Duluth and possibly round to Bayfield/Ashland area to look at the Apostle Islands. We are thinking of finding a base to explore the area from for a few days. Is Grand Marais still a good choice for this in July or will it be too busy and would somewhere more central to the coastline be a better choice? Could you also be kind enough to let us know what sort of temperatures and bugs we need to prepare for in mid-July. Can we say a big thank you to all who replied to mummabear's post as all that information has been so helpful. Thanks!