I’m pretty sure I’ve never purchased a state park sticker in my life, but now I have a real pretty one stuck on the inside of my car’s window. I bought it up at Tettegouche State Park last week while Mom and I were taking a mini vacation (one day at the Minnesota State Fair, two days along the North Shore).
The sticker is good for a year, which means I better make a point of traveling a bit more before the end of next September. I’m going to see just how many state parks I can visit in that time.
A friend of mine bought a state park sticker a couple of years ago and set a goal to visit every single state park in Minnesota before his park pass expired. He did it, too, visiting some parks more than once.
While I would like to be that ambitious, I know better than to set such a lofty goal. I’ll settle for just getting to know the state parks in our little corner of the state, like Blue Mound over at Luverne. As far as I know, I’ve never traveled beyond the ranger station in the park. I’m thinking it’s about time I go exploring over there.
Exploring was just one part of my adventure along the North Shore with my mom last week. We hiked a couple of trails amid the birch and the pines, admired the sights and appreciated the sounds of water falls, leaves blowing in the breeze and waves crashing against rocks on the shore line.
Thanks to a gale warning on Lake Superior we couldn’t do some of the things we’d talked about, such as going on a boat ride on the big lake. Oh well, we’ll save that for another visit, I guess. Next time, I also want to take the train that travels from Duluth to Two Harbors. I wasn’t aware of that until we actually arrived up there, and by then we had settled on plans for a couple simple days free of a schedule.
I’ll be making a trip up to Duluth next June, so if the plans can be arranged, the train ride will be fit into my schedule then. I’m already getting kind of excited about it.
Anyway, Mom and I enjoyed the state parks along the North Shore. We hiked a couple of trails at Tettegouche – the longest being a 1-plus mile hike to the High Falls. I didn’t really get a good picture of the falls, mostly because I’m so darned afraid of heights that I refused to get close enough for a decent photo. I did scale the 112 steps to get a closer look at the falls, so at least I got bonus points for exercise!
The whole point of our trip up north was to see the First Friday lighting ceremony at Split Rock Lighthouse (see previous blog post). Had scheduling been a bit different, I would have loved to travel to the North Shore a bit later … next week or the week after … to take in the fall colors. I have a feeling they are going to be spectacular this year.