September 23, 2017

CASCADE RIVER STATE PARK ~ MINNESOTA (With Video)


The best part about a road trip along the North Shore of Lake Superior is that you can stop almost anywhere along Hwy 61 and see something amazing.  

Most of the time we would see a lot of cars in a parking lot or on the side of the road and we would pull in to see what the attraction was.  


The good part about being curious when traveling is that you find some of the best sites and meet the most amazing people.

Cascade River State Park is one of those sites.  

September 10, 2017

BAPTISM RIVER BEACH ( VIDEO)


This was one of my favorite places that we visited.  There was no waterfalls but it was such a quiet and peaceful place.  I joined another couple as we skipped rocks across the water, something I had not done in many years.

If I had to choose one place to take my family swimming, it would be this place.  It is located 58 miles northeast of Duluth and about 4 1/2 miles northeast of Silver Bay on U.S. Highway 61.

September 6, 2017

AMAZING BLACK BEACH IN MINNESOTA (With Video)



When researching beaches along the North Shore of Minnesota, Black Beach kept showing up as a "must visit" beach.  Most of the directions said you would need to park by the road and walk to the beach.  It is privately owned and even fenced in an effort to keep visitors out.  Apparently it didn't work and they gave up the effort because the area is now open to the public.




I'm always looking for different colors of beaches and every once in awhile you will run across a pink beach or black beach so I was excited to find this beach.

September 3, 2017

GRAND PORTAGE STATE PARK, MINNESOTA


Torrents of wild water plummet 120 feet over the High Falls down to the Pigeon River in this park on the U.S. - Canadian border. The falls, the highest in the state, presented a serious obstacle to river travel, so a "carrying place," or portage, was necessary. American Indians created the ancient nine-mile trail from Lake Superior to bypass the falls. This trail became known as "The Grand Portage." Today, visitors of all abilities can take a one-half mile trail and boardwalk to the falls overlook area.


Scroll to bottom of post for Grand Portage State Park video.



August 21, 2017

HOVLAND DOCK ~ MINNESOTA


This wasn't a planned stop and I'm not sure how we even ended up here but I'm so glad we did.  This is one of the places that a photographer dreams of.  Of course, you can never capture it's actual beauty but at least I will have photos to remind me of this particular spot along the North Shore.

Video at bottom of post.....




The massive concrete dock dates back to 1905 when Hovland was a thriving economic hub and the dock served as a loading/unloading site for passenger and cargo ships that traveled between Duluth and Canada, and all the way out to the ocean. 


There is a small area where you can park and walk out onto the dock. Apparently at one time they had planned to restore this are but it never happened. 

August 20, 2017

HOLLOW ROCK (Grand Portage), MINNESOTA



There is so many beautiful beaches to see along the North Shore of Minnesota and Hollow Rock is one of those beaches.



The best way to access this beach is from from Hollow Rock Resort, a cozy spot great for taking in some peace and quiet. We didn't stay at the resort but it looks like an amazing place to relax, fish, hike, or just read a book.