A few weeks ago, I was looking longingly at my calendar and wondering if somehow, some way, I could manage a trip to the North Shore this fall for a little relaxation in the leaf-peepers paradise.
I love the drive between Duluth and Grand Marais – or really, anywhere that offers water views as far as the eye can see, perhaps a lighthouse or two, some walking trails amid the trees and the unmistakable sounds of seagulls.
I’ve been up and down the North Shore enough times to know where to go and what to do. I guess that’s probably why one of my brothers texted me the other day asking what there was to see and do in Duluth.
After texting back ideas for must-see things like the North Shore’s state parks, Duluth Harbor and Split Rock Lighthouse, I suggested a ride on the North Shore Scenic Railroad, a lunch stop at Betty’s Pies and a bit of shopping in the towns along Highway 61 – all the typical touristy kind of stuff. And, if they wanted to take a scenic drive through the trees, a trip up Highway 1 to Ely is pretty cool as well. The one and only time I drove that route, I saw a moose – a real – roaming in the wild – moose!
Gosh, any more talk about Duluth and the North Shore and I might want to ride along! Ah, but who wants to be the third wheel? Not me!
Well, at least not until the next text came through inquiring about the fall colors. After I’d directed him to Minnesota’s fall color guide online, he replied back that this very week is slated to reach peak color along the North Shore.
Hmm, do you have an open seat in the car for me?
I’m pretty sure my hopes of getting to the North Shore this fall have, well, fallen through – thanks to a rough couple of days for my credit card. My clothes dryer died, and then I was informed I needed three new tires on my car. There’s nothing like a couple of big bills to bring me back to reality!
So, while some people in my family get to take a little trip to our northern Minnesota paradise, I’ll be staying closer to home for the next couple of months and doing what I usually do on my weekends – laundry – with a dryer that works.