I Love Where I Live

Autumn is rivaling summer for my favorite season!  Especially here in my northland.  The colors, the smell of the leaves, the waves on the lake, the crisp breeze in your face are all invigorating.  There were lots of yellows and oranges this year and they mixed beautifully with the evergreens. The pictures speak for themselves!



Mini Holiday Part 2 – North Shore Hiking

Do you know how you blink and it’s suddenly two weeks later?  That’s what just happened to me.  I meant to write this post the week after my one on Stonegate but here I am a couple weeks later.  Almost 3 weeks. But who’s counting?

Anyway, on our mini holiday up the North Shore of Lake Superior we did some hiking. We drove all the way up to the Canadian boarder to Grand Portage,MN.  We went to Grand Portage State Park and hiked/walked up the Pigeon River to the High Falls.  We also had a long discussion on if it is really called hiking when the path is paved. If you have thoughts on this subject please share them. We’d love your input.

There is a great visitor center and the path as mentioned before is wide, paved and kid friendly.  I believe it may even be wheelchair accessible.  The falls were running fast and it was another of the North Shore’s beautiful sites to see.  I don’t know what is is about waterfalls that make them so peaceful.  I could sit next to one all day long. These were magnificent.

After Grand Portage State Park we made our way to Judge CR Magney State Park and hiked up to Devil’s Kettle.  Though the mystery of Devil’s Kettle is gone it was still quite the site to see and quite the hike.  My hubby kept telling me we were almost there the entire hike.  This path is not paved and there is a part of the trail that has about a million flights of stairs.  I almost quit but I am so glad I didn’t.  Going down the stairs was no problem and in all reality going back up that wasn’t that bad either.  So don’t even think about turning around at that point.  It’s totally worth every step. The views were gorgeous and it was fun to see the waterfall and wonder where all that water goes.

After the hike to Devil’s Kettle it was about 2 pm and we both were hungry so we went into Grand Marais,MN and had lunch at the most unique cafe.  The food was amazing and Grand Marais is a cute little town I hope we get to explore a little more in the future.

Being the parents of an only child we have gotten used to just always having him with us.  I think this was the second trip in his 9 years that we have left him with our parents and gone away just the two of us. We ended up missing him so much and repeatedly saying, Noah would love this over and over that we went and got him the next afternoon and headed up to Gooseberry Falls.  A super family friendly and popular location on the North Shore it made for a great evening of hiking.

I LOVE exploring the North Shore.  In the past few months I have heard of many places along the Shore that I have never been.  I am so excited to do a lot more hiking and exploring this summer and fall.  If you ever get the chance to or have a weekend that you don’t really know what to do with, head up to the Duluth, MN/Superior, WI area and you won’t be disappointed.  I love mynorthlandlife.

Mini Holiday – Part 1 Stonegate

My husband’s birthday was this past Monday and since his primary love language is quality time I decided to take him away for the weekend.  We went to a wonderful resort on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  Have you ever needed time away from your day to day life? Time to sit and stare aimlessly at a beautiful view and let your mind rest?  If so, you need to plan a trip to this place.


Stonegate On Superior is a beautiful 8 cabin resort nestled right up to shore of the lake.
We stayed in cabin 1 and it is literally feet from the water. stonegate3
It is their smallest cabin with a small eat in kitchen, bathroom and large living space that includes a couch, chair and bed.
As you sit on the couch and look out the big picture window at the lake and listen to the waves crash against the rocks your worries and stresses melt away.  As we sat watching we saw a loon swim by and boats making their way to Duluth/Superior and/or Two Harbors.  Going to sleep at night watching and hearing the waves was incredible.  Relaxing and peaceful are two words that just being to describe the tranquility of this resort.
The sunrises over the lake are fuhgeddaboutit. (New Yorker for unequivocally excellent no need to discuss further) This is the only phrase that would come to mind when thinking of how to describe these sunrises. One morning I woke up early, grabbed a cup of coffee and made my way onto the rocks just below our cabin and watched the sunrise.  I happened to be the only one out on the rocks enjoying the beautiful sight that morning.  It was so peaceful. I can’t even describe the beauty so instead I’ll just post the pictures and let them do the talking.
We enjoyed our stay at Stonegate so much and will definitely be going back. It’s a great resort to use as a home base for day trips up the shore or to just as a peaceful getaway to relax, take a breath and catch up on your reading while enjoying the beautiful view.
Make sure to check them out at http://www.stonegateonsuperior.com or on Facebook Stonegate On Superior.