Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The North Shore of Lake Superior

During our long weekend at Hasty Brook we took Aranka and the kids to Duluth and along up the north shore of Lake Superior. Minnesota is known as the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' but to me Lake Superior is magical. Regular readers here might know that I love rocks and there are rocks-a-plenty along the north shore. This stop is the Twin Points public access and the beach was all small, smooth skippers. Johnny is the king of rock skipping and he spent the entire hour here skipping these beauties into the lake. I can't get enough of running my fingers over the smooth warm rocks. Of course I brought a few home! Rock picking for Lake Superior Agates is a popular hobby for locals and visitors alike. I found a few small ones.

I was told this is an old fishing shack used to process fish brought into this little harbor. It is such a pretty spot.

The view to the north shows the endless water, the horizon curving, hiding land on the other side.

The lake was calm and peaceful this day. Wisconsin is on the other side.

My kids, Molly, John and my German daughter Aranka. Aranka had just dipped her feet into the lake. She was shocked at how cold the water was even in this shallow, sheltered harbor. The temperatures of Lake Superior rarely rise above 50 degrees in the summer.
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18 comments:

Mary said...

The water looks inviting and crystal clear! What a nice place, Lynne. It looks like the kids had a great time. I'm glad you got to touchy-feely on the rocks.

mon@rch said...

Looks like that cold water is a great way to get out of this heat that we are having!

Lynne said...

Mary- You know I'm a little nutso about rocks, and these are so smooooth!

Mon@rch- The water was achingly cold but refreshing- for SHORT toe dips!!

KGMom said...

Oh what a lovely looking lake.
I hope it keeps on being a cold lake--in the face of global warming.

RuthieJ said...

Wonderful pictures of a beautiful lake (I can almost hear the waves lapping on the shore and gulls crying overhead). Thanks Lynne.

NatureWoman said...

Oh, I love this post Lynne! I've only seen Lake Superior from an airplane, but would love to visit it someday! I know the water is really cold, but it would feel so good to cool down a bit and feel some water for a change (besides the shower), we've been relatively rainless for weeks now.

Lynne said...

kgmom- Lake Superior is HUGE (the largest fresh water lake in the world- by surface area).

Ruthie- Have you ever been up there? We were surprised at how much of the north shore is being developed.

Pam- You really should see Lake Superior. It's amazing. I'm hoping for rain for you!

Deb said...

Lynne- You're a rock geek too? I LOVE YOU! :) I made my parents take me for a North Shore trip when I was about fifteen years old, for rock collecting so I could have the best 4-H rock collection in the state. I did, eventually.

My kids took a half hour dip in Lake Superior Sunday morning after we picked them up from Cloquet. Park Point was about twenty degrees cooler than our place.

nina said...

That's beautiful--clear water, so vast!
You're lucky to be so close to such great rocks.
(I love rocks, too--in fact have been known to ask others to carry them for me on hikes!)

Lynne said...

Deb- YOU LIKE ROCKS TOO?!?! It's just one more reason why we hit it off so well! I can't believe your kids swam in Lake Superior. They must be of hardier stock than my kids... ;)

Lynne said...

Nina- Another rock-lover!! I keep a bucket and a pair of gloves in my car to bring rocks home.

Susan Gets Native said...

Well, let me jump on the rock-loving band wagon too. My pockets get so full after nature walks that I have a hard time keeping my pants up.
Ever seen a Petoskey? From what I know, they are found in Huron and Michigan...are they in Superior, too?
The Great Lakes are one of the most underrated places in the US. I LOVE going up there. It's like being near the ocean...just colder. I spent quite a few summers of youth up there, on a boat, on a beach, looking at lighthouses...
Love it, love it, love it.

Larry said...

Looks like a great place to visit!-Nice photo of your kids.
One question-Do you name the rocks?

Jayne said...

What a beautiful place Lynne. Thanks for taking us on a trip there. :c)

Cathy said...

My, my - that is pretty country - land & water. I really didn't know that Lake Superior stays that cold. I think Erie can rise into the eighties.

Am I imagining this or does Aranka physically look like one of your kids? They're all precious :0)

LauraO said...

What's not to love about rocks? Especially water-polished ones? The lake is beautiful.

Body Soul Spirit said...

We drove around the north shore of Lake Superior one year as far as Thunder Bay ON. It is pretty close to your state border. The drive was spectacular and the lake is wild and beautiful. The other Great Lakes have many more cities and pollution.
Ruth

Lynne said...

Susan- LOL on the pants thing! My kids roll their eyes and walk on ahead when I stop for a rock because they know that when my pockets are full I'll ask them to carry!

Larry- Haa! No I don't name them but I do remember where most of them came from. ok- and sometimes i sing to them...

Jayne- It's funny but I do think of you blogger folks when I'm out and about.

Cathy- Lake Superior is incredibly deep. I think Aranka could pass for ours too!

LauraO- What is it about water polished rocks? I get caught up in thinking about the power and the time it took to get them that way. AWESOME.

Ruth- I've always wanted to do the Lake Superior Circle Tour with a stop at Isle Royale. I've delegated to the list of things we'll do when the kids are grown. I've driven up as far as Thunder Bay and there is so much State and National forest along the lake that will be saved from development. Simply gorgeous.