We started our summer by exploring the south shore of Lake Superior and we culminated our summer break with a weekend in Grand Marais, MN enjoying the North Shore. . We were able to relax, explore and get away together for one last hurrah before we start transitioning to going back to school We hope to get out on a few more adventures this fall, but with school and sports our travels are likely to slow down a bit. It has been a wonderful summer, spending lots of time making memories with the kids and enjoying time out doors exploring new and familiar places.
The night of our family vacation was spent at a harbor town a little closer to home - Duluth, MN. We pushed through Wisconsin on a day that the heat reached close to 90 degrees. We were going to stay in Ashland, Wisconsin, but the idea of spending an afternoon in the camper with hot and crabby kids did not sound like our cup of tea - so drove on and found a place to stay on Park Point in Duluth. We were tourists in Canal Park with a different perspective watching ships going under the ariel lift bridge that could have been in other harbor towns on our trip.
Petoskey State Park
Our campsite at Platte River Campground - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Platte River leading into Lake Michigan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the South shore of Lake Superior.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - Hurricane River Campground
Canadian Bush Plane Museum - Canada
Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie
Greetings from Michigan!
Sending you some snapshots of this beautiful area that we are exploring on our family vacation.
Photos above were taken on a boat tour of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and from the shoreline of our campsite.
Sharing these snapshots from a recent visit to the North Shore of Lake Superior. Every time we travel the winding road we are reminded just how very close this beautiful place is to where we live. We hope to have frequent opportunity to wander this way for more family adventures.
We just returned from a long-weekend getaway to Grand Marais. We loaded up the old deer-shack camper and hauled it to the shore for a fall weekend camping trip. We had lovely weather and we all spent a lot of time outdoors exploring this unique little harbor town and some of the surrounding woodland areas. There were lots of activities and events that were geared to vacationing families during this weekend's "Moose Madness" family festival. We took part in a lot of the fun including: swimming at the YMCA (that has a waterslide!), a city-wide medallion hunt and the Family & Intergenerational Weekend at the North House Folk School (stay tuned for a post about the folk school activities.)
Lots of fun!
Our family just returned from a great - three night - camping trip in Voyageur's National Park. This is a special place for my husband and I, because it is where we met, working at a resort on Crane Lake.
We now have the opportunity, the knowledge of the lakes and the gear to share experiences camping and adventuring in this beautiful place with our children.
Here are some snapshots of our recent adventures:
Heading up the chain of lakes - Crane Lake, Sandpoint Lake to our campsite on Namakan Lake.
Camp! Our home for three nights.
One of our day trip adventures was to Mica Island where we explored the remnants of an old mica mine and took some time to pick blueberries to add to our oatmeal for our Sunday morning breakfast.
We also took a trip to Kettle Falls Dam- and visited the Kettle Falls Hotel.
Checking out the overlook to Rainy Lake from the Kettle Falls Dam. When you are standing at the Kettle Falls overlook and looking toward the falls and dam, you are actually looking south into Canada from the U.S.
The rest of our trip we spent swimming, fishing, relaxing and spending time together as a family. We hope take more adventures like this!
The kids and I took advantage of the beautiful weather yesterday and we took a day trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior. Just over an hour drive yields opportunity to explore state parks, pebble beaches and waterfalls. We spent the day picnicking, collecting rocks and reuniting with the sound of crashing waves. Such a lovely way to spend a Thursday.