Travel Superior Photo Contest

Here are the 3 beautiful finalists in the Travel Superior Photo Contest.  I had some really tough competition and ended up getting third place.  Yay! And my photo is going to be used in the 2018 Superior-Douglas County Travel and Activity Guides.

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This was the first time I’ve ever entered one of my photo’s in a contest.  It was so exciting to be chosen and to win a prize for something I truly enjoy doing!

Make sure to check out the Travel Superior Facebook page for lots of exciting things to do in Superior, WI and Douglas County! #travelsuperior @travelsuperior

Travel Superior Photo Contest Finalist!

IMG_4234Oh my goodness! I am so excited.  I don’t think I’ve ever been a finalist in anything before.  Back in June I submitted this photo of one of the waterfalls at Amnicon State Park to the Travel Superior photo contest and guess what? It was picked as one of the three finalists!  It’s a win by the most votes contest.  If you are on Facebook make sure to look up Travel Superior and place your vote! And thank you to all who have voted and will vote!

Pattison State Park

I love hiking!  I love being in the woods.  I love being near water, whether a river, a lake or the ocean.  I love the smells and the sounds.  I love the peacefulness it brings to my soul.  Well, as much peacefulness as you can get while hiking with an energetic and loud 9 year old.

We made the best find yesterday at Pattison State Park.  It’s 20 minutes from our house.  We had hiked the High Manitou Falls a couple of times but had never checked out the other trails that the park has to offer. IMG_5063

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The trails are beautiful.  IMG_5089The trees are tall and cover you with a canopy of leaves providing the perfect amount of shade as you hike.  I can’t wait to go back in the autumn when the leaves are changing.  With all the oak and maple trees we spotted the colors are going to be amazing!

Almost the entire hike is right along the river.  I love the sounds of the river running as you walk through the trees!IMG_5140

 

We happened upon the most peaceful little beach.  It was the perfect place for my son to wade and throw rocks and for my husband and I to sit, talk and enjoy the quietness and beauty of the day.

We hiked to little Manitou Falls

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The campground and the facilities at this state park are great too.  So, if you ever find yourself in Northern Wisconsin make sure you plan to spend a day or two at Pattison State Park!

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/pattison/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway!

I got this BEAUTIFUL Kitchen Towel from @northwoodsdaisies!  Look for her on Facebook, Etsy and Instagram.

I love it so much I want to GIVE one away! No charge! Not even shipping!  We are talking FREE! Just head over to @mynorthlandlife on Facebook.  Like, share, and comment what state you would like on the giveaway post and you will be entered to win one of these beautiful towels with the state of your choice embroidered on it!

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Superior 4th Of July

I think the 4th of July is my favorite holiday.  First, I love summer foods.  Fresh and grilled veggies, fruit salads, potato salads, BBQ’s, watermelon, and s’mores just to name a few. Yum! I am currently eating my way through my MIL’s left over potato salad.  It’s my favorite.  I love getting together with friends and/or family and I love the fireworks and the feeling you get while watching them.

This 4th my hubby and I both had to work a day shift which was totally perfect because then we had our evening free.  For the first time in 20 years the city of Superior had their 4th of July celebration down Barkers Island water front.  They had a small carnival for kids, a car show, vendors and bands playing right up until the fireworks.

Of course in true Northern Wisconsin fashion it was 57 degrees. 4th3My in laws came over and we had a delish summer meal and since we only live 5 blocks from Barkers Island it was an easy walk down to enjoy the festivities.  We arrived just as the last band for the night, Aftershock was beginning to play.   They were great!  We will definitely be hunting down where and when their shows are. My kid danced the night away and had a blast.  One of the lead singers even came down and danced and sang with my him.  It was such a great time!

The fireworks were AMAZING!  Perfect length and really beautiful.  It was so relaxing to sit near the lake bundled under blankets (note a small tone of sarcasm) and watch the fireworks surrounded by my fellow Superians.

Superior you did an amazing job with the 4th of July celebration this year. I can’t wait to see what you have planned for next year!  I love my city!

http://www.aftershockduluth.com