When you get too close to Lake Superior in winter, you run the risk of being frozen in place till warmer weather releases you.
The Temperance River flows into Lake Superior. The clouds on the horizon warn of an incoming snow squall that will make driving interesting as I head back to Duluth.
A view of the Temperance River just before it begins it’s fall toward Lake Superior.
Below this point it funnels through a narrow gorge with several waterfalls and swirling pools.
Tettegouche State Park is home to some wonderful hiking trails and a favorite of mine is the trail to Shovel Point. It does require climbing some stairs, but the hiker will be rewarded with wide open vistas of Lake Superior and the north shore.
My stop at Gooseberry Falls State Park gave me the unusual opportunity to have the falls all to myself, a very rare experience. I guess it pays to get there early and be willing to be out in single digit temps.
For the fourth year in a row, I had made a plan to take part in the “Opt Outside” movement started by REI. It has grown over the years to include many other businesses. In Minnesota, all the state parks are open to the public for free on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
However, as the day drew nearer, I became concerned about the weather due to the extended forecast calling for freezing rain on Friday and I had hoped to travel up the north shore of Lake Superior to visit Cascade River State Park. In the event travel wasn’t possible on Friday, I chose to take my trip on the day before Thanksgiving and opted to only go as far as Temperance River State Park. I also made stops at Gooseberry Falls State Park and Tettegouche State Park.
As it turned out, not only did it not rain till much later in the day Friday, the temps were in the low forties. Over the three days around Thanksgiving I managed to get in three very nice hikes. The day up the shore, through the woods and on the shore of Park Point and on the Superior Hiking Trail above Duluth. Not once did I think about wanting to go shopping! (Except for some thoughts of getting some new hiking boots.)
Here are a few memories from the last three days. If you stare at the black & white image for awhile, it morphs in to all kinds of strange things.