Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday afternoon, I finally sat down to think about where we would be going on vacation the following morning. I should have put more thought into it but things were just too busy and besides, with time on my side, limits about where we could go pretty much opened up to everywhere. I love the southern shores of our country along the gulf but it is much too crowded for me to relax fully. I've heard of the Jersey Shore but have no desire to go there more than my brief drive by earlier this year. So I went to the shore that everyone in these parts refers to and knows simply as the North Shore.
The North Shore refers to the part of northern Minnesota from Duluth to Grand Portage that forms part of the northern boundary of Lake Superior. It is rugged, wooded, not very developed and had lots and lots of waterfalls. What could go wrong. So Monday morning, we packed a few bags and headed north stopping for the night in Duluth.
I have driven through Duluth many times but have never stopped, not even once so this time I decided to rectify that situation. We holed up for the afternoon in a cheap motel and then headed down to the harbor for supper and a walk along the water. Dinner was great and we parked near the well known lift bridge and had our walk. We checked out lighthouses, the lift bridge itself and even made our way to the beach facing the Lake on a thin peninsula of land that stretched out into the harbor. Little Abbey got to wade in the cold waters while the Mrs. and I sat in the sand reading books and relaxing. It was really hard to drag ourselves away to our motel room but we did knowing that we had a full day of exploring planned for the following day.