Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Foray to Duluth

Even with all the flooding this year, we really didn't want to miss our trip to Duluth.  It was only one week after we had seen the pictures in the paper and the news clips - the city streets of our favorite getaway spot looked like Gooseberry Falls.  There were pictures of the adorable seal swimming among the cars on the freeway and cars tumbling down the sinkholes in the asphalt. The parking lot of the Whole Foods Co-op had collapsed. (Although fortunately, the building had remained intact.)  I thought we were going to cancel our reservations, but we called up all of our favorite spots, and they said, "Yes, we're open for business; come on in!"  So, we went, and I'm glad we did.

Gooseberry Falls 2011
Gooseberry Falls 2012
Even though Duluth had been declared a disaster area, when we went, we didn't really see much of the flood damage.  Sure, there were some closed off streets and resurfacing on the roads, but we didn't have any other problems.  In fact, when we went to Gooseberry Falls, the water level was down quite a bit compared to how it was last year.

In one of my eloquent moments on Facebook, I posted this:  "Sometimes I take for granted that there's an amazing body of water only 2 1/2 hours away.  It makes you wonder what other things go unnoticed that are near or within reach of us that we can call 'Superior.'"

Duluth and Lake Superior are great places for food, nature, art and just hanging out - all the things that I love.  Along the Lakewalk, which is several miles of a shoreline walking/biking path, you can see metal sculptures, war memorials, and a huge mosaic tile mural. 

 The weather for that week was a bit warmer than usual.  We took a glorious bike ride - seven miles one way - which, like the former train tracks, passed through the flatter parts of the city, the back yards of the Lester River, and the green spaces between the freeway and the lake.  Lots of places to rest along the way.  It was sunny and warm, but the wind coming off of the lake made it perfect for biking.  (Yes, my bike is the one with the puffy seat cover!)  

More to come!


  1. Love, Love, Love the photos!
    Great sharing of your visit!

    1. Yes, the weather was gorgeous. Only rained a little at night.

  2. Beautiful pictures and nice story. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Write on!

  3. Yes, it was a great time. We do a lot of the same things every year, but I never get tired of going there.