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This is the last post about our camping trip!

As Saturday night came to a close we were enjoying a nice campfire, complete with s’mores and ho-bo pies. All of a sudden we started to get pelted by hail, sleet, rain, or snow… we quickly cleaned up the remainders of the evening and put everything away before heading up to the welcome center to get ready for bed.

There we met the evening janitor who told us they were expecting several inches of snow through the evening and that heavy snow like this would often collapse tents. GREAT! We also saw a skunk hoping around looking for food! We made our way back to the campsite and realized we needed to make some adjustments to get the tent ready for the “storm”. We spent a couple of hours trying to sleep but also knocking snow off the roof! (top left picture)

I’m happy to report that the tent didn’t collapse and we got about 1-2 inches of snow. The wind was terrible and would shake the tent, making you wonder if the tent was going to blow away or collapse around you! (top middle picture)

Go back and look at pictures of the Lake and beach from Saturday – see how different everything is today? I’m not sure what the wind speeds were or the official amounts of snow – it wasn’t fun! It was very cold and we weren’t ready for the wind-chill. (bottom pictures)

I’ll go ahead and finish off the day in this post. We packed up camp and headed out for breakfast in Two Harbors. Same town as yesterday and also the starting point of Grandma’s Marathon.

We unwittingly followed the Grandma’s Marathon course from Two Harbors to Duluth. It is a beautiful drive and I would think a great marathon experience except for the June sun. It was quite cold for our drive and quick jumps out for pictures!

The top right is a set of boats that were all together on the shore – shipwrecked. Going around clock-wise is the Aerial Bridge in Duluth.

Next is the original, famous Grandma’s Saloon & Grill. Grandma’s is also the title sponsor of the marathon and some really good food!

The next picture is actually of the Duluth Airport – well actually its the Sky Harbor Airport, perfect for float planes! You can barely see the airport and its “boat ramp”. We went out on this little island and saw some cool stuff – but very windy and nasty conditions didn’t make it overly enjoyable.

The final, center picture is us out on the canal’s pier/lighthouse. I can’t find an official name but it marks one side of the entrance to the Duluth port. It was bitter cold with stinging wind coming off the Lake. We almost got attacked by a crashing wave, but survived!

That pretty much wraps up our weekend adventure! It was a great time. If you want to see more pictures and the ones in the collages a little better feel free to visit the complete album. I still only published half the pictures I took!

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On the first weekend of April we thought we could pull off a camping trip with good friends Amy and Kristofer. We packed up the bags and car and took off North! We drove a couple hours ending at Gooseberry Falls, just north of Duluth, right on Lake Superior. We knew it would be tent camping with no water. We ended up being the only campers for the weekend.

The next several posts will highlight the trip with photographs. I’ll try to provide some commentary along the way! This first part shows (starting bottom left going counter-clockwise) our campsite with the tent pitched. Our tent wasn’t actually on any snow although it was pretty much all around the campsite. It got into the 30’s at night but Saturday ended up in the upper-40’s if not 50’s.

Next is Christy and Kristofer cooking breakfast over the open-fire! We ended up having to cook all our meals this way because the stove wasn’t working properly.

This little squirrel was quite friendly and was scampering about for several minutes. He liked my tevas which were just sitting on the rock. It was funny to watch him run around.

The next several highlight the scenic views of Lake Superior. We were about a quarter of a mile from the Lake on one side which was all rock cliffs and some great viewing and about a 1/2 mile away from the actual beach which was also some great views. The snow on the rock faces was amazing. It was so cool to see how the water had just frozen and hadn’t melted yet. These were all on the north face of the rocks which is why there is still so much snow!

The middle top is actually a picture looking down the Gooseberry River towards the Lake.

Definitely some beautiful scenery… and we haven’t left the campground area yet!

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