Glensheen Mansion Photo Meet

This past Saturday morning, the historic Glensheen mansion in Duluth was opened to photographers for a two hour opportunity to wander with cameras.  Glensheen was decked out for the season with twenty five decorated trees, lots of trim and all the little knickknacks you would expect this time of year.  Outdoors, the grounds were filled tacky inflatables and other statuettes.  Lake Superior added a few touches to the shoreline with some ice.

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#Optoutside on Black Friday

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My third annual opting out for Black Friday took me to Banning State Park, which is about 60 miles south of Duluth, in Minnesota.  I’ve driven by the entrance to this park numerous times on my trips to and from Duluth.  On Black Friday, access to all Minnesota state parks is free, so off I went exploring.
One of the things that makes Banning a worthy destination is it’s history as a sandstone quarry.  The stone was  used in many buildings in Minnesota and elsewhere.  To help you learn a bit about this history, I’m sharing images of the signs along the Quarry Loop Self Guided Trail.  As you walk the trail, reading the signs and trail pamphlet, you are serenaded by the sound of the Kettle River running nearby.

 

Up next: rocks!