Sunrise Surprise

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On this morning, Lake Superior served up a little something different to me.  Not only did I get to see a lovely sunrise, but the wave action was creating spray patterns in front of the rising sun.  After a little … Continue reading

The Ones With Sails…

The 2019 Festival of Sail was somewhat disappointing due to the lack of the grander tall ships.  This year there were only two true tall ships, the U.S. Brig Niagara and the S/V Denis Sullivan.  They were joined by the smaller vessels, Abbey Road, Appledore V and Gerhard Folgero.

Non-Sailing Vessels

Although it’s named the Festival of Sail, there are also a few vessels that do not sport sails.

Edward H. (formerly the Fort Point) – traveled to Duluth from Belfast, Maine, via the St. Lawrence Seaway.

USCGC Sundew (WLB-404) is a 180-foot sea going buoy tender. A Iris, or C-class tender, it was built by Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Corporation in Duluth, Minnesota, now retired and privately owned.

I’d Like to See Liftoff

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One of the many interesting sights that was part of the 2019 Festival of Sail in Duluth.

Hiking at Gooseberry Falls

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For those who enjoy a good hike, there is a trail that takes you from the visitor’s center at the Gooseberry Falls rest area to the falls, then down the Gooseberry River where you can cross the bridge over the river, followed by a climb back up the other side to complete the circle back to the visitor’s center.  The entire hike is less than two miles, but does involve navigating a lot of stairs,  If you want to see more before returning to the visitor’s center, you can also follow the trials to the upper falls area and beyond, or take the trail to Lake Superior.

Visitors do not need a state park pass to visit the falls as long as you park at the rest area.

One of Those Mornings

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It’s been awhile since I’ve roused myself early enough for a sunrise, almost missed this one too.  The chunks of ice are remnants of Lake Superior ice that blew in during our most recent storm.