Schooners on the Unsalted Sea

This post is about yet another trip up to Duluth. I just can’t get enough of this city! This time, it was just me and my wonderful friends who happen to be my boss and co-workers. Our mission, to attend the Tall Ships Festival. In this festival, reconstructed or replica schooners that were commonly seen in the 1800’s go sailing again through the waters of Lake Superior. After docking in Duluth’s harbor, people attending the festival are then allowed to get a closeup look at the ships, meet the crew, and perhaps a pirate or two.

But first, we wanted to watch the ships sail in on the “unsalted sea”. Christa, Amber, and I found the perfect lookout spot right at the edge of Lake Superior but far enough away from Canal Park that we could be away from the crowds. Later we were joined by others from Christa’s family (who I adore) including her sister, Jen . It really was an exciting experience watching all the ships coming in through the waters. It was almost like taking a trip back in time. I kept expecting to see the people on the ships dressed in time period clothing or flying a pirate flag.

DSC_0037 DSC_0041 DSC_0056 DSC_0058 DSC_0081 DSC_0094 DSC_00991098466_10201294672584740_996420057_nAfter watching the Parade of Sail, Amber and I left to drive to Canal Park, and Christa left with her family. The main part of the festival was going on right around the aquarium. All the ships were docked and the people were numerous. That didn’t stop us from finding Captain Jack Sparrow (who happens to be a certain someone’s husband…). We also spent time wandering around the different vendors and shops.

DSC_0126 DSC_0135 DSC_0148One vendor in particular caught our eye. A whole group of people were dressed up in period clothing, and showing off different trades and ways of the 1800’s. There were booths with people cooking over a fire, cleaning their guns, and writing with quills, among other things. We had a great time talking to one of the women and found out that their group travels all over North America for various historical events. It was exciting to be able to be taken back in time once again (remember what I wrote earlier about the clothing?).

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Now, this pirate happened to be really funny. As we were walking along the vendor booths, he called over to us, “Hey! Nice camera.” And then he posed. I had a good laugh at it and then asked if Amber could be in the picture with him. He happily obliged. What a scallywag. DSC_0167 DSC_0176 DSC_0179DSC_0186DSC_0197The Festival closed at 5, and by that point we were hungry. So, we made a detour from our ride home and stopped to get some pizza at Vitta Pizza (the same shop Kyle and I stopped at during our anniversary trip). It hit the spot. Afterwards, it was just a walk to the car, interrupted by a moose that was just begging for a picture, and a long drive home.  Ahh… what a great day trip. DSC_0215DSC_0207DSC_0213

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