We spent the first part of our week with family at the Cedar Cliff Retreat in Lutsen, Minnesota. This cabin is built along the rocky shores of Lake Superior, and the view from any window of the house is beautiful. I took an obnoxious number of detail shots during our time relaxing on the porch or eating s’mores around the bonfire. So consider this a warning: picture overload ahead.
It stormed on our first night at Cedar Cliff, which made every tree and leaf a bolder green the next morning. Darrin and I spent the night of the storm sitting out on the screen porch in the dark, watching the lightning and counting the seconds between flashes and claps of thunder. Most of our afternoons were spent playing board games with the cousins, staring out at the vastness that is Lake Superior, and burning marshmallow after marshmallow before squishing them between two grahams and a few pieces of chocolate. Because the best marshmallows for s’mores are burnt marshmallows, after all.
The best kind of getaways always have me wanting to do everything and nothing at the same time. We somehow managed to accomplish both, here at Cedar Cliff. We climbed along the rocks that lined Lake Superior, played a pick-up game of volleyball at a nearby park, roasted marshmallows, grilled hamburgers, hiked through another state park, went for ice cream at a nearby lake town and still found time to spend reading out on the porch, playing card games while sipping coffee, sharing memories around the fireplace, and listening to story after story after story about whatever popped into the mind of Darrin’s elementary school cousins.
Good times, Lutsen. And the views weren’t half-bad either.