On Memorial Day Weekend, my parents both had Sunday and Monday off. For Sunday, we decided to take a trip up to Duluth. Duluth is a city in Northern Minnesota (relative to the Twin Cites at least) which sits on Lake Superior. Lake Superior is the largest lake by area in the world, and the third largest by volume. It is absolutely massive. The whole North Shore region of Minnesota borders it. We took a lot of pictures, so I will just put the best ones up and comment on them.
Took this picture at the first rest stop we stopped at on our way up.
This is an awkward sized image, I had to crop it down since I took it out the windshield of the car.
Before reaching Duluth, we stopped at Jay Cooke State Park. My grandparents recommended we check it out.
The St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park.
The restored swinging bridge that crosses the St. Louis River is visible on the left. It was destroyed in a powerful flood in June of 2012.
The water was raging around these jutting rocks.
With considerably more water in this river, you can see how it would damage the bridge.
The river on the other side of the bridge.
On the way out, the parking lot is full of tall pines.
I found a video on YouTube of the flood the day the bridge was destroyed. Note: This is not my video! User Sparky Stensaas posted this one up.
There is a pioneer cemetery in Jay Cooke State Park, with a bunch of old gravestones.
It looks like people still bring gifts to the graves. Perhaps in honor of old relatives?
This was a family area, the Otto we assumed was this child’s father was buried just a little bit over.
Another picture of the graveyard.
On the way in/out of Jay Cooke State Park, you pass over a bridge next to this large dam and rock outcroppings. I took a quick shot on the way back over the bridge.
Near to Duluth.
Part of Duluth is visible on the left, with the St. Louis River ending near Duluth and feeding into Lake Superior.
Right after reaching Duluth, we went up to the Enger Tower to get some views of the city and Lake Superior.
Enger Tower is a known landmark, sitting high on the hills in Duluth. It was dedicated in 1939.
Some white is visible on Lake Superior in these pictures. It was hot that day, but the lake is so big that there were still large chunks of ice floating in it everywhere.
Up the North Shore beyond Duluth.
A large ship in Lake Superior, probably making its way to the Duluth Harbor. In many ways Lake Superior functions like an ocean, with huge ore-carrying ships and lighthouses.
Panoramic view from Enger Tower.
Part of Duluth from Enger Tower.
Collection of radio towers.
Zoomed in picture of some of the rolling hills of the Duluth area.
The bridge to the town of Superior, Wisconsin.
At the lakeshore in Duluth. Outside of Duluth, it got hot that day, around 90° F (32.2 C), but as you get into town, the temperature starts getting cooler. Just around Duluth it was more like 85° F (29.4 C) and it was actually cold on the lakeshore. Not sure exactly what the temperature was, but I heard the water was around 34° F (1.1 C).
The rocks were warmed by the sun, but the air blowing off the lake was actually cold. It was an interesting combination, the cold wind on the front of you while the rock you are sitting on is pretty warm.
A lot of people were out today, even in the other states around Lake Superior. The ice was something to see, especially this late in the season.
Gulls are abundant in Duluth.
The whole scene reminded us of the Arctic seas.
The ice was only here this late in the season because almost the whole lake froze over on the surface this past winter. It only freezes so thoroughly every 20 years or so.
This was really a beautiful sight to see, and somewhat rare too. We didn’t plan to see this, although I had heard the night before that there was some ice left on the lake. This just worked out with perfect timing, the ice might be mostly gone by the end of this week.
Part of a rocky shoreline further up the shore from Duluth.
I had some crackers, and there were gulls around to feed. One gull noticed the cracker I threw, and there was promptly a flock of gulls congregating around me.
Gull Profile Shot
Further up the shore yet, near the tourist attraction Tom’s Logging Camp.
The forests up here have noticeably more pines than Central Minnesota.
The road at Tom’s Logging Camp.
This is a river that we stopped at this weekend of last year, and walked around in a bit. The water was significantly colder this year, so we just explored around it a bit instead.
Woods near the river.
Stopped at another beach on our way back down, looking back towards Duluth.
On our way out of Duluth, I took this picture of the rocky hills nearby.
Almost out of the Duluth area, I took this picture of a darker part of the river, or perhaps a different river merging with the St. Louis and then flowing to Lake Superior.
Duluth and Northern Minnesota are almost always good destinations, and this time was no different. We went to Southern Minnesota the next day, Monday, so I will write that up too. They are noticeably different environments. Thanks for reading!