Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Be brave


In the past two days, since we moved north and west from Duluth Minnosota, we’ve explored Canadian waterfalls…

Kakabeka Falls

…and a fur trading fort set in 1816.

Fort William

Tonight as I sort through those images there are plenty I’d like to show you. But you’ve all seen waterfall images (though even I think the falls up here are pretty spectacular) and I’ve shared lots of forts in past travel posts.

If you like, once I get home, I’ll post some of my favorite shots from those experiences. But this post will focus on our adventures last night, when we drove to the top of the Sleeping Giant mountain to watch the sun set.

There’s potential for a spectacular sunset.

The road up was almost 6 miles of bumpy, rutted dirt. When we got near the top the road disappeared into pure rock. We were driving on the top of the mountain! There’s a viewing deck up there, but not exactly what I expected.

Not quite the nice wide deck I was expecting.

It’s a metal walkway extending out from the side of the mountain, 100 meters above the lake shore below. The floor is made of wooden slates…

Ummmm…don’t look down.

…that you can see between. It’s a very long way down and it took me a few moments to stop feeling light headed enough to slowly creep my way out toward the end.

It helps if you hang on to the railing and concentrate on the horizon.

But when I finally did, the view was astounding.

Picture perfect.

And to my right the lowering sun made the cliff glow.

The light on the cliff against the dark clouds was breathtaking.

I couldn’t keep from feeling a thrill to be out there…

It was amazing! photo credit to my husband.

…even though there really wasn’t much of a sunset.

Just before the rain came.

It was scary, being so high above Thunder Bay, but I’m glad we went. If you’re ever nearby I recommend you venture out too!

Just don’t look down.

Good night sun!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

31 thoughts on “Be brave

  1. you let go of that railing???!!!! You are my hero, Dawn.

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  2. In my province but still a long way away. Enjoy. You are brave!

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  3. Dawn YOU are amazing… and that last picture… as well as the rest… I can feel the lake breeze.

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    • Well luckily it wasn’t windy or I don’t think I could have stood out there. It was so windy when we were in Marquette that I couldn’t trust myself to stay upright on the seawall and we didn’t walk it.


  4. Wow! And WOW! I would have had to hold on and creep out very, very slowly. Your bravery is impressive (and so worth it for that amazing view!).

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  5. LOVE the photo your husband took of you — you remind me of Rocky finally reaching the top of all those stairs, ha! I agree, those views are magnificent … however, I’m not sure I’d have ventured out on that ledge with the slatted flooring. Just call me chicken!!

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  6. Wow – I’m impressed, you let go of the railing and you were at the edge of all those slats…! My heart is racing. Thank you for sharing all the great photos!

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  7. Your photos are wonderful, so peaceful. And to think you let go of the railing. Not sure I’m that brave.

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  8. Love your thoughts and pics from Thunder Bay. I would love to see more once you are back home!

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  9. Thank you for sharing your pictures, Dawn! I love the photo of your “Titanic” moment! Being scared of heights, I probably would inch out to the end of the walkway, but I don’t think that I would be able to let go of the railing! Hat’s off to your husband for capturing an awesome photo! No spectacular sunset, but you will always remember the exhilaration (and fear) that you felt in that moment. You are awesome! I, too, would like to see more photos of your trip after you get home. Safe travels!

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  10. Love it, Dawn! So glad you did it!

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  11. Great views and pictures. We did something like this in Colorado Springs Colorado years ago at the top of Pikes Peak. The views were amazing up there.


  12. Sorry I meant Pikes Peek.


  13. Oh my goodness, how wonderful! I love seeing photos of places like this. It’s fun to enjoy and “visit” through other’s photos! I’m afraid of heights and yet my hubby got me to walk halfway across the suspension bridge at Royal Gorge in Colorado back in 1992. I trembled the whole way lol. But I did it! That and a place in New Mexico are the only places I’ve ever been except living here in Kansas. So, yes, bring on all your photos!! I look forward to it! ♥


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