2022 #OptOutside Jay Cooke State Park

Once again I chose to skip the mayhem of Black Friday shopping and join the many who prefer to spend time outdoors rather than in lines at the mall. This year I was accompanied by family and friends at Jay Cooke State Park, which, like all Minnesota state Parks, was open to the public for free admission on Black Friday.

Here are a few of the images from the day.

Surfing on Lake Superior in Duluth

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On Friday, November 11th, I spent time on Park Point in Duluth to not only enjoy a cool snowy morning, but to also photograph the many surfers that came to ride the waves.

Misty Mornings Are Special

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It was one of those unplanned trips down an unfamiliar road that lead to this wonderful moment.

Meeting the Sunrise

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After paddling under the Aerial Lift Bridge, through the shipping channel, three paddle boarders are rewarded with a beautiful sunrise over Lake Superior.

Paddling Out to Greet the Sunrise

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Three paddle boarders were taking advantage of the calm morning to make their way out to Lake Superior to watch the sunrise.

Wet Rocks on a Cold Day

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During a snowy, wet spring day, I took a short hike at Jay Cooke State Park to check the water level on the St. Louis River. The river still has a bit of ice around the edges but, the main channel is open and flowing. As I climbed around the rocks, I discovered this bit of color.

On The Ice

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Every now and then, the weather stays cold enough to freeze Lake Superior and create ice that is safe to walk on. Ice anglers, skaters and sightseers love to take advantage of this rare opportunity to venture out on the … Continue reading

Follow The Leader

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While in Texas, we visited Padre Island National Seashore to spend some time on the beach. Every now and then, a flock of pelicans would fly by in formation. It would start as a traditional “V” shape, then they would string out and play follow the leader in a curving pattern as they flew down the beach.