This past Friday my youngest son (age 20) and I took off on a trip up Lake Superior’s North Shore Drive to Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls.
It was -25F when we woke up that morning, but temperatures were expected to climb to 7F by the time we reached our destination – approximately 130 miles. We packed warmer jackets and gloves, foot warmers to put in our boots, ice cleats, etc. After this trip, I highly recommend foot warmers.
We reached the lighthouse and found that we were two of four visitors, along with two lighthouse staff. The two visitors left shortly after we arrived, so we had the park to ourselves. After walking around the lighthouse, we took a path down to the shores of Lake Superior. Beautiful does not accurately describe the scenery. After taking in the scenery and quite a few photos later, we began the climb back up. It was quite the hike!
My son and me by Split Rock Lighthouse.
Lighthouse from the shoreline.
Our next stop was Gooseberry Falls, which are completely frozen. There we walked up and down hundreds of stairs At times it felt like a million steps with a million more to go. Again, the scenery was breathtaking!
I have visited both parks many times, but this was my first winter trip. It certainly will not be my last.
Frozen Gooseberry Falls
Water frozen along the pathway.
The two of us by the frozen falls.
On our way home, we stopped by Canal Park in Duluth. It would be our coldest stop. The wind coming off the lake went right through all our winter clothing. The sites were well worth getting chilled.
Shipping Canal in Duluth
Aerial Lift Bridge - Canal Park in Duluth.
After dinner and a jaunt through Fleet Farm, we were on the road back home. Twelve hours and 12,300 steps later, we pulled into the driveway. It was -22F.
It was a truly amazing day. Beautiful sites and priceless time with my son. Who could ask for more?