Sunday, October 17, 2010

Up North Part 2

I'm back with some more North Shore photos. As C and I walked from Gooseberry Falls to Lake Superior, we passed another CCC project - a small pumphouse - at the end of the river. The Gooseberry River (below) was calm, reflecting the waning autumn colors.
The sign describes a sunken barge that is a popular diving site.

C and I had just debated whether Lake Superior was the largest freshwater lake in the world - and this sign confirms it: by surface. A lake in Russia is larger by volume.

I patiently waited to capture the surf pounding against this boulder. I love having an ocean-like body of water within a couple hours drive of home.

After hiking down a narrow path to the lake, we were surprised to see this building with a "reserved for private party" sign outside! Before we had a chance to wonder how the beautiful table settings and cake were transported from the visitor's parking lot, we rounded the building and came upon another parking lot and the road that led between the two! As we started to walk back along the road, feeling ourselves on a slight incline, a shuttle bus driver asked us if we wanted a ride! The drive back to our starting point took only a couple of minutes. The free shuttle bus would be an option for another visit if we wanted to spend more time down along the beach.

Then it was on to Split Rock Lighthouse a few miles away. We arrived after the lighthouse tours had ended, but were still able to take photos as the sun went down...and with fewer people to shoot around!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Up North

I know Minnesota isn't the only place in the country where people say they're going "up north" on vacation, but anyone who's ever been to the north shore of Lake Superior knows how special it is.
Last weekend was forecast as the 75-100% colored leaf weekend. So, brother C and I took a drive to see for ourselves. The first few photos were taken from the car on the way up to Duluth. We agreed: gorgeous!

Around lunch time on Saturday, we arrived at the famous Betty's Pies past Duluth and put our name in for a table. The 45-minute wait went by quickly and we were soon eating fish and chips and chili.

We each ordered a slice of pie to go from the menu board.

I took an interior shot with C in it. Hopefully, I can find a photo of the old Betty's Pies building, taken when C and I drove around Lake Superior ten years ago. If I find it, I will post it to show the charming smaller restaurant that used to be closer to the highway.

Our next destination was Gooseberry falls: 11 miles according to the sign.

Two tunnels along the way.

At Gooseberry Falls there was a statue dedicated to the CCC workers of the 1930s and '40s. Dad spoke of being in the CCC and working up on the Gunflint Trail. I haven't found his name or picture at any of the other sites, but I will keep looking.

C and I walked along the path to the upper falls, seen below.....

And the lower falls in the next photo.

We then saw a sign pointing the way to "the lake" - Lake Superior! C had been to Gooseberry Falls many more times than I but neither of us had ever hiked to the lake....

So, off we went.
Even the ground foliage was colorful.

You can make out the Falls in the distance, showing how far we'd already hiked. It was all downhill.

Just after that photo, my camera battery went dead. Luckily, C had just bought new batteries for his camera and I'll post the next set soon.