Monday, October 13, 2008

too short of a weekend

Dan and I were out of town again this past weekend -- he had a gig on Saturday night in Duluth, so we decided to make a mini-trip out of it, stay in a hotel, and take our time getting back to the cities on Sunday.

We had originally planned on taking a three-day weekend and heading up to Grand Marais, but Dan couldn't get today off from work. So, we made made the best of what time we had!

Sunday morning, we got up and decided to take a walk along Lake Superior. This lighthouse caught our eye, so we walked out towards it:
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The famous Duluth "lift bridge:"
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The lighthouse, up close:
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Weak sun, dreary day:
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As we were standing around the lighthouse, looking out into the water, we saw this in the distance:
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And decided to brave the cold and wind and drizzle and wait for it to come in:
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Going under the lift bridge (which lifts up for ships to pass under -- clever name, eh?)
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After watching the ship come in, we walked along the lakeshore more, and listened to big waves rattle the rocks on the shoreline:
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Cold and damp and hungry, we decided it was finally time for breakfast. We shared an omelette, hash browns, and some fruit at a favorite Duluth cafe/bakery -- Amazing Grace.

After debating our options for the afternoon, we decided to drive 40 miles north along the shore, check out the "fall colors," (since it was peak weekend, after all -- no wonder we had such a hard time making a hotel reservation!), and visit one of our favorite places on the North Shore -- Gooseberry Falls State Park.

The fall colors were, indeed, out in full force! We tried the Gitchi Gummi trail this time, new to both of us:
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Although I think we are both glad to be back in town and not driving around in the car any more, (AND glad we're NOT travelling this coming weekend!), Dan and I were sad to leave the North Shore -- weekends are way too short! We still had lots of things we wanted to check out in Duluth that we just didn't have time for. We're already talking about taking a week next summer and fully enjoying the North Shore. Until then, we'll have to be satisfied by our mini-vacation!

7 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Oh my, FABULOUS weekend trip!! I love lighthouses :0)

shellyfish said...

Oh those amazing autumn leaves! and the falls, and the shore line...just a picture-perfect fall weekend!

funwithyourfood said...

wow those are some beautiful pics! makes me wish I could visit there

:)

Anna said...

What a beautiful park! Love the waterfall. Eliza and I walked around a start park on Saturday to enjoy the fall colors as well.

aTxVegn said...

EVERY weekend is too short! The pictures of the colorful leaves and water are really really lovely. You are lucky to see such scenery.

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

I will agree that weekends are definitely too short. ;-) You guys have been busy bees, traveling all the time! I bet it will be nice for you guys to have a weekend at home.

Those pictures are gorgeous!

Cafe Cyan said...

We were in Duluth this weekend too! Drove up on Friday night, had a conference on Saturday and then returned Saturday night.

The fall colors were awesome!

-Crystal