Friday, October 17, 2008


Tom and I just got back from two days on the North Shore of Lake Superior. We drove up to Duluth on Thursday, and then took Old Highway 61 (North Shore Scenic Drive) from Duluth to Two Harbors. Along the way, we stopped at the French River to sit on wet rocks.

Hanging Out by the French River

We got into Two Harbors Thursday afternoon, so we were able to walk down to the waterfront before dark. Then this morning, we went down to the shore again and walked around the beach and out onto the breakwater.
Tom hiking out to the end of the Breakwater in Two Harbors

Later this morning, we drove to Gooseberry Falls State Park where we spent 2½ hours hiking around both the Lower and Upper falls loops. It was a perfect hiking day, about 50 degrees, maybe a bit past autumn color prime, but a great day of hiking. (My plantar fasciitis will probably be screaming at me in the morning, ‘You idiot!!’) We found out that there are a dozen state parks at intervals along the North Shore and vowed that we will hike every one of them—but not today.
Lower Gooseberry Falls in the background
Finally, we drove back to Duluth and went down to Canal Street. We ate lunch at Grandma’s, the home of the famous Grandma’s Marathon, and then finished our trip by walking along the boardwalk in Canal Park. What a great way to spend two days!
Beautiful Lake Superior

It’s nice to know that after 35 years of marriage, Tom is still my favorite hiking partner—and I’m sure he’d say the same (if he knows what’s good for him.)

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