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Friday, December 4, 2015

The North Shore

I have taken my fair share of trips up to Duluth and the North Shore in the 6 years I have lived in Minnesota, but I have never spent time up there in freezing cold month of November. This year for Black Friday, our state parks where completely free to get in, so we decided to follow the #optoutside movement and take a trip up to visit some of our most beautiful parks in Minnesota.

We left early Friday morning and headed up to visit Gooseberry Falls and then headed to Split Rock Lighthouse.







After freezing ourselves to the core, we decided to head back to Duluth and get a few warm drinks. We decided to head to Bent Paddle Brewery to try a few beers and then headed to the Thirsty Pagan in Superior to get some of the best pizza I have ever had.

We woke up Saturday morning and headed to the tallest point in Duluth, Enger Tower. It had fantastic views of the bay, along with some crazy cold wind. After that we headed back up to visit two more state parks, Palisade Head and Tettegouche State Park. 




Palisade Head is by far one of the coolest places on the North Shore and if you blink while driving you will miss it. It is not very well marked, yet it is a place you can not miss seeing. It is a large rocky area with cliffs that look straight down to the water below. There are many splits in the rock (see above, scary!) and it is all a little bit unnerving to be so close to the edge. Anyway, it really was a beautiful place to see. 

After that, we headed over the Tettegouche State Park and hiked to the waterfalls that make this park so popular. We made our way across the suspension bridge and had lunch right next to the waterfall. 




Later we made our way to the waters edge of Lake Superior. The rocks on the shore line are unmistakable, the colors are such a unique mix. We finally where frozen to our core, so we decided to head back home. All in all, it was a great weekend up north. I have to say November is a better time to visit up there than I thought. Can't wait to hopefully get in a summer camping trip in for 2016!




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