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Published: March 29th 2014
The sun was just rising over Crooked Lake as we were leaving the house and the sky had beautiful red colours and as we had a three hour journey a head of us we were on the road early. It was Fall and the trees were coloured along the highway making it a pretty journey.
We were headed to Duluth on the shore of Lake Superior. Duluth is is a seaport city in the state of Minnesota and is the county seat of St Louis County. It's the fourth largest city in Minnesota and at the last census had a population of 86,265.
Once we arrived at Duluth, Susan knew that I have a passion for lighthouses and suggested that go visit the lighthouse before we take a walk along waterfront in Duluth. Hence we bypassed Duluth and went in search of the lighthouse. After travelling for what seemed like an age we came across not the lighthouse but Gooseberry Falls State Park which is on highway 61 about forty miles from Duluth, and 12 miles from Two Harbours.
An unanimous decision was made to detour into the Park, it could have been that the bathroom facilities at
the visitor's centre made it an attractive detour, however waterfalls also do it for me. We took the short walk to the falls and took numerous photos, then decided to take the Falls Loop track down to Lake Superior. i dipped my big toe into the Lake, the water temperature was far too cold to dip anything else! It was really beautiful area with the colour of the Lake and the trees and I was really pleased that we had taken the walk.
As we started back to the car we then realised that we could have driven down to the Lake, we walked some of the way back via the road and then along a short track to where our car was parked.
We realised at this point we are getting short on petrol so we headed back the twelve miles to Two Harbours, filled the car up and then back up the highway to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on the Northern Shore of Lake Superior. The park is of course best known for Split Rock Lighthouse, which is probably one of the most photographed lighthouses in the USA. It really is a fabulous lighthouse, i
climbed to the top, also looked through one of the lighthouse keeper houses where volunteers are dressed in period costume making it more realistic.
I then made the decision to go down the stairs to the lake to photograph the lighthouse from there, only to have to climb up the 171 steps to get back to the car park. i have to say it was well worth the effort.
On the return journey to Duluth like everyone else we stopped at the supposedly World Famous Betty's Pies for lunch. So many choices: pumpkin, blueberry, apple, rhubarb and various combinations, with ice cream. If you haven't heard about Betty's Pies, it actually started out in 1956 as her Father's fish shack. Betty decided to supply the fisherman with coffee and donuts and it grew from that. The building has naturally changed over the years and I think the current one was built in 2000. Betty naturally is also no longer the owner but I believe later owners have attempted to keep it as authentic as possible. It is still extremely popular and you usually have to queue for a table.
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