Well, on my last travel post I thought we were ready to cross the border into Canada, but as I sorted through photos I realized there was still plenty to see in Minnesota.
Unless this post gets really long there’s no way I can get you through Minnesota and all the way across the northern shore of Lake Superior and back to the border at Michigan.
Let’s just see how far we get.
I didn’t want to move on without telling you about Gooseberry Falls, north of Duluth.
There are a couple of sets of waterfalls, all of them were beautiful when we were there. You could walk on the rocks very near the falls if you wanted, or stay on the trail. The trail took you further down the river where you could get a view of all the falls at once.
And even further north is Grand Portage National Monument. We stopped there because we were expecting an historical monument. Maybe a marker.
But there’s a beautiful information center…
…and guided tours of the restored trading post.
We explored the interiors of several buildings…
…and then the lake shore itself.
I could have stayed out on the dock for the rest of the evening.
It was getting late and we were almost to the border, so reluctantly we moved on.
But wait! There was another set of waterfalls, on the Pigeon River, in the Grand Portage State Park. The river makes up the border between Minnesota in the United States and Ontario Canada. Should we stop? It was chilly and starting to rain. It was late in the evening and getting dark.
Of course we stopped.
There weren’t many people out there, but the walk was relatively short, maybe only half a mile back to the falls. We hurried as the rain came down harder.
We could hear it before we saw it. The falls were magnificent, and we were glad we made the trek. The walk was on a paved path most of the way, not difficult at all, which made it easier for us to sprint back to the car.
Now we’re ready to head into Canada! But that will have to wait until the next post. I think that blogging while sleepy could be a problem.
And you know I’m all about safety. Stay tuned.