The Minnesota North Shore is incredibly beautiful, which is why I’ve got lots of pictures to share with you from our extended weekend trip to Grand Marais, MN and beyond. For now, we’ll take a moment to gush over Tettegouche State Park. The family caravan stopped at Tettegouche for a “hiking break,” which I took to mean a short walk along Lake Superior to give our car-weary legs and limbs a stretch before we reached Grand Marais. This was not the case. Darrin’s side of the family was in full “hiking mode,” and I did my best not to trip over a tree root or scream like the reptile-hating girl that I am if I spotted a snake slithering past my foot. I was holding the hands of Darrin’s early-elementary school cousins, and I think they felt me squeeze their palms just a
lot bit tighter whenever they’d shout “What animal do you think that was?!”. Thankfully, we didn’t encounter any slimy friends. And the hands of my little first and third grade buddies helped steady my balance while we were climbing through the woods…I’ll admit that I was probably a bit more nervous about rolling back down the path we’d just climbed than they seemed to be. But we made it! And boy was the view amazing. Definitely one of those “Is this place for real?!” kind of moments. If only these pictures had a virtual “scratch-n-sniff” capability. Then you’d smell the pine and the cool lakefront breeze. Although, you’d also smell my sweaty self standing in front of that beautiful view, smiling and secretly trying to catch my breath at the same time…so maybe it’s a good thing the virtual “scratch-n-sniff” idea isn’t an option here.
We spent some time resting at the lookout point, and then we ventured down to a mini-lakefront area along the trail so we could perfect our rock skipping skills. Darrin tried to teach his younger cousins the proper “skipping form,” but I think they were just happy to throw large, heavy objects into a massive body of water. Who wouldn’t be, am I right?
Also, notice how Darrin and I match in the pictures above? Not even planned, folks. Didn’t even realize we were wearing almost the same shirt until we had left our apartment and were on the road. Darrin looked at me. I looked at him. And we both gave each other a “Hey man. Nice shirt” kind of head nod. Great married minds, ya know. 😉
Tettegouche State Park is absolutely beautiful, and miles upon miles of hiking trails will take you to scenic views, camp sites, waterfalls, trout lakes, cliffs, bluffs, and rivers. So if you’re up for some hiking and good old fashioned “nature loving,” then I’d definitely recommend stopping at Tettegouche on your way through Northern Minnesota.
And if you’re traveling with a friend, be sure to wear matching tees. It’s all the rave, I hear. 😉
More pictures from our trip to come throughout the week! Thanks for stopping by!