Monday, November 28, 2011

Stoney Point Surfing

Saturday on the North Shore a passing weather front brought some nice waves. The surfers come out at Stoney Point and a few around the Lester River. It has to be chilly even with the wet suit. They have a blog and notify each other when the surf is up and the weather forecast.Technology and Lake Superior surfing! The birch trees in November also look nice without their leaves. In the Split Rock,Gooseberry Falls area the stark white trees against the grey sky tells you it's November and snow is soon to follow.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

North Shore Holiday Weekend

The Christmas Tree lighting in Grand Marais Minnesota.

A cabin with a wood stove is always a bonus while watching movies after dinner.

On the way home we drove past Stoney Point as we knew surfers would be out.There was a huge break but the surfers didn't linger long and ran to cars to warm up. Red faces and cold feet.The wind chill had to be bad. We saw a few catch a wave or two.

Saturday night had some snow flurries but didn't amount to much at all. Looks like next week the winter may arrive as colder temps are in the forecast.

Shoppers were out in force this weekend. Downtown Grand Marais was busy. I go for the Sven and Ole's pizza for lunch. Ever have a Chicken and Wild Rice pizza? How about some Herring?

It's all good fun!

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Snowshoe Priest

As you travel up the North Shore of Minnesota right before you arrive at Tofte Mn. you come to a wayside and the Cross River. You can stop at the bridge and look at a nice waterfall and hike up the river a bit. But I'm guessing quite a few have no idea why it's called Cross River and that you can drive to the mouth of the river and see a Cross marker. Bishop Baraga made a crossing from Wisconsin with a open canoe and two Indian paddlers to render aid due to a epidemic. It's a miracle he made it considering how quickly Lake Superior can change. In the winter he would snowshoe to missions and was called the Snowshoe Priest.But the canoe Priest could apply in this case. So next time you arrive at the Cross River take a right toward the lake and check out the nice views and the marker. The mouth of the river is a nice spot in the summertime. These shots were taken on a wonderful August day. This weekend there is a storm warning and skiers are hoping for the first big snowfall of the new winter season.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

More fall pics before the winter

I just can't let the fall go, it was perhaps the best in years. The number of blue clear sky days in October were very nice about peak time. The colors were just golden. Grand Marais Minnesota got a dusting of snow this week. Soon it's ski time but for now it's still great memories of leaves for me. That is a picture from Artist Point in Grand Marais, the Coast Guard station as the sun was going down. The light was just right in the golden hour. The bottom picture was taken on the Superior Hiking Trail near Caribou Lake. Just a fantastic day that I'll be thinking about for quite some time. It's hard to time peak color with a perfect blue day, getting away from work and other duties. When it all comes together it's simply wonderful.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Artist Point Grand Marais Minnesota

One of the most popular walks in Grand Marais is on Artist Point. People que up on the steps and walk on the seawall to the light house.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The thoughts a picture provokes......

This wonderful live cam from a Duluth B&B has some of the best shots in Duluth. I find the pictures very nice when it's flat calm and sunny. I look at the shot and think of all the history that has taken place on these shores. If those hills could talk. If you dig just a bit you would be shocked all the events that have happened in the Twin Ports area. Matter of fact it would take a lifetime to read it all. It's that rich with history.