My phone wasn't working yesterday, and I hoped it was just my charging cord that was faulty. When I pulled into Redwing, I was looking forward to using the municipal dock, but when I got there, it was festooned with "don't dock here this weekend" posters. Since I had already passed the marina, and wasn't interested in paddling upstream, I made do by pulling over to the riprap, and precariously exiting my boat on the steep rock boulders, and locking it to a boulder that I could put my lock cable around. A man from Texas who was in Redwing for work greeted me as I unloaded. He was jovial and aghast at my journey. Super nice guy, who wished me well. I pulled my empty waterbottles, my backpack with all my technology, my trash, and a bag for groceries ashore. I found that the lobby of the St. James hotel had wifi, and was able to do some work, fill my water bottles, dispose of my teeny bag of trash. I shyly approached the woman at the desk, explaining my situation and wondering if she happened to have a micro-USB cable to try and charge my phone to see if the problem was just the cord. More than willing to oblige, she offered me a cord, and we sat and chatted as I waited to see if my phone would charge. She confirmed that Redwing was an artsy little town and told me about some of the art festivals they have there. My phone didn't seem to be charging, so I gave up my goal to replace the cord while in town, and went instead in search of fresh fruit and veggies. I'd deal with my phone some other way, some other day. I found some chilled grapes--much cooler, meaty and less seedy than their wild cousins this morning. But also less flavorful.
I had a tip to stop at the Harbor Bar across the channel in Redwing, as they're friendly to paddlers, but it seemed pretty rowdy and I was looking forward to another quiet evening. I found a little spit of sand, and set up camp just in time to snap some nice photos of the setting sun. Even on islands like this, where things look pristine, I still find bottle caps, single-use tooth floss things, gloves, etc.