On a recent trip home in Duluth, my wife and I walked up to a nearby blueberry patch to see how this year’s crop was coming along. Although we found many plants and some berries, it looks like this year will not be as productive as last year. I don’t know if this is because of the cool spring or if animals ate the green berries, but we will be looking for other places to pick this year.
For those who travel north to Duluth, MN and beyond, and especially for those who live in the Duluth area, the view from Thompson Hill has special significance. The view is, for residents, like a welcoming home. For those passing through to further destinations beyond Duluth, it’s a sign that they are now in the realm of “The Lake” and the northland of Minnesota. It’s like a gateway through which all travelers coming up Interstate 35, the main highway from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, pass to get to their destinations, whether it is home or vacation. For locals, it is often used as a marker. We will tell friends to call from the top of the hill because we know how long it will take for them to arrive at our homes from there.
If you have not made the trip north, but are planning to, I highly recommend that you make a stop at the Thompson Hill Rest Area. Take a few minutes explore the information center before heading out to the observation platform where you will see panoramic views of the St. Louis River, the harbor area, Duluth, Superior, WI. and Lake Superior. Hopefully you will have time to explore all the area has to offer. After all, Duluth was voted Outside magazine’s best outdoor town in June of 2014!