Split Rock Lighthouse State Park along Lake Superior

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park along Lake Superior

One of my favorite places along the North Shore is Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.  This place is often featured on Minnesota calendars.  Our visit was enhanced by the amazingly dramatic clouds over Lake Superior.  Rain showers threatened, but held off while we walked the trails in this park.

As you view these pictures, I think you will agree with the sentiment in this quote by Minnesota author Paul Gruchow:  “All the prairie world is in summer but a screen to show off the glorious sky.”

Quintessential North Shore scenery

Quintessential North Shore scenery

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Clouds over Lake Superior

Clouds over Lake Superior

 

From the shore at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

From the shore at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Craggy, rocky shoreline

Craggy, rocky shoreline

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse

Lighthouse keepers' quarters

Lighthouse keepers’ quarters

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The skies grew darker

The skies grew darker

Sheets of rain falling in the distance

Sheets of rain falling in the distance

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse

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And here are two more pages from my Minnesota travel journal:

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Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota

Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota

Camper truck

Camper truck

The North Shore of Lake Superior shows off the beauty of the northwoods of Minnesota.  Someday I’ve love to drive the entire perimeter of Lake Superior.  The views of the lake a few miles north of Duluth grant long vistas in what must be fifty shades of blue.

Lake Superior

Lake Superior

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We stayed a couple of nights at Gooseberry Falls State Park, sleeping in a tent and truck camper.  We hiked the park’s trails along the Gooseberry River, which were lined by a mix of mostly deciduous but some evergreen trees.  The trails offered peek-a-boo glimpses of the multi-tiered Gooseberry Falls.

Rocky and wild shoreline of Lake Superior

Rocky and wild shoreline of Lake Superior

View of the Gooseberry River from the trail

View of the Gooseberry River from the trail

River reflections in green

River reflections in green

Deer track along the trail

Deer track along the trail

View of Gooseberry Falls through the trees

View of Gooseberry Falls through the trees

Tree roots

Tree roots

Gooseberry River

Gooseberry River

Lichen on tree bark

Lichen on tree bark

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From our campsite we could walk a short path to bluffs overlooking Lake Superior.  I loved the natural beauty of this Minnesota State Park.

Watercolor sketch from my Minnesota travel journal

Watercolor sketch from my Minnesota travel journal