When we got back from our canoeing adventure, we didn’t wait long before driving down to Duluth. We have a tradition of getting burgers after we backpack, and Canal Park seemed like the perfect place to get them. By the time we got there and ordered our food, we were all a bit tired and famished but the food made it worth it.
It was too late and dark to do any exploring that night so we settled on going to our very comfortable hotel rooms (thanks Dad!) and enjoy sleeping in actual beds! The next morning we woke up to dense fog surrounding the hill. It obscured the view off of the hill to Lake Superior but it was so mystical that I didn’t mind. We went to church, as it was Sunday, and then took off in our adventures.
The first stop was back down to Canal Park. We arrived just in time to see the bridge lifting up to let a ship through. We also got lucky 5 more times to see ships and barges going through. We also took a walk over the bridge to visit the lighthouse on the other side. Then there was the visit to the Maritime Museum, which didn’t last long because everyone was ready to move on and getting hungry.
A short drive later we found ourselves up at Gooseberry Falls. It wasn’t quite as muddy as the last time we visited it, but it was still a pretty dirty waterfall. We decided it looked like the chocolate river from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. We kept waiting for Oompa Loompas to come out but we only got to see a really awkward couple and some huskies.
We did drive up to the Split Rock Light House lookout but it was hard to see through the fog. It did create and interesting haunted aura, which left me humming Lighthouse by Nickel Creek the rest of the day. Though there is so much more to explore along the Lake Superior North Shore, we were tired and ready to head home. And Kyle had to go to work the next day. I guess all good things must come to an end when you have to be a responsible adult. However, there were plenty of good times yet to be had as my family would be staying with us the next week. Let the good times roll!