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Hiking the north shore of Lake Superior, day 2

As promised in this post, I will talk about the rest of the hiking we did while in Minnesota.  To be totally honest, day 2 was really more of a stop-and-see day rather than a real hiking day.  The two waterfalls we visited were quickly accessible from the main road and didn’t really involve a true hike.  Nevertheless, both spots were beautiful and were a nice break before the 16+ hour drive home with an almost 2 year old :)

Sunrise on Lake Superior:

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Beaver Bay:

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Gooseberry Falls State Park:

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Next up will be a post on Colorado…

Hiking the north shore of Lake Superior, Day 1

Wow, the last 3 weeks have been a whirlwind of traveling…from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Colorado…all the way up to Minnesota.  I’m trying to get caught up little by little and today I thought I would share some photos from a bit of hiking we squeaked in while visiting family in Minnesota.

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Last weekend we spent two days hiking the north shore (of Lake Superior) area of Minnesota.  We were centered around Two Harbors which lies north of Duluth. Day 1 was spent at Tettegouche State Park and Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. Day 2 we explored Beaver Bay and Gooseberry Falls. On our first day of hiking, the weather was cold and the fog was so thick you could barely see in front of you.  On the next day, it was sunny, clear and hot.  I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such opposites in such a short period of time :)   And just in case you think I’m exaggerating, here’s some proof…

Day1 at Baptism Bay on Lake Superior (yes, there really is a lake there where the river ends):

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Day 2 at Baptism Bay on Lake Superior:

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What a difference a day makes!  Alright, so now I will show shots from the day.  I really enjoyed the hiking but it’s very different from what I’m accustomed to.  The trails were short and easy without much change in elevation and the forest is coniferous instead of deciduous.  It made for an interesting time and I’m really glad we were able to squeeze a couple of days of hiking in during our MN trip.

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{Split Rock Light House}

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{inside Split Rock Lighthouse}

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IMGP6489alt{Baptism Bay}

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{can you spot the crayfish?}

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{throwing rocks into water is awesome}

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{so many rocks, so little time}

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{Tettegouche State Park}

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{waterfalls on Baptism River}

Hopefully in the next week I will post about day 2.  Now it’s off to the mountain of laundry and unpacked suit cases.