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A perfect North Shore mini-vacation

June 13, 2011

Yes, that's David!

There’s vacations and then there’s perfect vacations. We four (two-legged critters Jeff, Julie and David, and four-legged critter Edmund) just had a perfect two-day mini-vacation to Duluth and the “North Shore” — Lake Superior just north of Duluth.

Saturday we toured Glensheen Mansion, hiked up rivers to see waterfalls (and one of us jumped some waterfalls), bought smoked fish, played Catan (board game), had a late night weenie/marshmallow roast in “our” secluded beach on Lake Superior and spent the night in a cabin by the lake.

Sunday we attended a fellowship meeting in Duluth, walked on the sandy beach in Duluth, ate lunch outside at Granny’s restaurant (watching the lift bridge let the boats through), napped on a blanket at Lincoln Park (no bugs!) and viewed the little falls there… and hiked at Jay Cooke State Park to see more waterfalls and rapids.

Having Edmund along (my first time to ever have a dog along on a trip) certainly added another dimension to the vacation. It was cool enough to leave him in his kennel in the vehicle so that we could do a few things without him. And he LOVED climbing over rocks, wading in the lake and rivers, and attacking waves. He would race up the beach, with Jeff or David in tow, growling and barking (Um, Edmund was doing most of the growling and barking) at each wave that rolled in and threatened his people. We had him on-leash at all times except the one time he pushed open the cabin door and took off. Jeff was able to convince him to stop that time.

Things we’ll remember:

* The old motorcyclist with the walker strapped to the back of his cycle. We actually exited to let him pass so we could try to get a picture and video, but he slipped away from us somehow.

* David (gulp) jumped from rock to rock over a waterfalls and then called to me. I happened to click the shutter just right to get him jumping back. Art before heart attack; that’s my motto.

* Julie read a book about the murders at Glensheen Mansion to us on the way to Duluth. A neighbor had insisted we borrow her book since the tour guides can’t talk about the murders on the tour. We were glad we’d read the book because otherwise Julie couldn’t have innocently asked the tour guide, “Is this where the murder took place?” in the big bedroom, which caused the crowd to gasp and murmur and Jeff to pretend he was with another family.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2011 9:43 am

    I love your motto: art before heart attack. A great one for a mother!

    And I want to reassure you that at a Certain Age it is ok to make others gasp and for your family to be embarrassed. If fact, it’s recommended! 🙂

  2. July 11, 2011 10:20 am

    Oh fun! Sometimes the short vacations are the best. Do you have more pics? Where did you stay? I would love to stay in a cabin up north sometime.

    • July 20, 2011 6:19 pm

      Maybe i’ll get more pix posted on Facebook someday. Sorry I didn’t see your comment until now. We went just north of Duluth.

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