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

Morning clouds swirl on the hillsides above the Columbia River north of Wenatchee, WA

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness . . .”
John Keats

The drive back home to Seattle from Chelan was a wet, misty affair.  But the low clouds clinging to the hillsides and mountainsides created a beautiful, moody atmosphere as I covered the miles.  I drove Hwy 97-alt south along the Columbia River to Wenatchee, and then drove west on Hwy 2 over Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains.  It’s a great fall drive with lots of color.

The gray skies dulled the colors a bit along the Columbia River

Yellow poplar trees along the Columbia River

Hwy 2 as I approached Leavenworth

Along Hwy 2 in the Cascades

Moss-covered branches

A little open meadow along Hwy 2

Fall color on the mountainside near Stevens Pass

Tree branch with waterfalls

Road trip on Hwy 2 in autumn

Fireworks like waterfalls

Fireworks like waterfalls


Exploding stars

Exploding stars


Fireworks at Gasworks Park by Lake Union

Fireworks at Gasworks Park by Lake Union


Dandelion fluff

Dandelion fluff

Fireworks
by Valerie Worth

First
A far thud,
Then the rocket
Climbs the air,
A dull red flare,
To hang, a moment,
Invisible, before
Its shut black shell cracks
And claps against the ears,
Breaks and billows into bloom,
Spilling down clear green sparks, gold spears,
Silent, sliding silver waterfalls and stars.