Monday, June 7, 2010

Our 2nd Anniversary - Trip to the North Shore!

For our second wedding anniversary, Grant planned us a nice weekend trip to the North Shore! We stayed at Temperance River Traders Cabins just south of Lutsen. It was a very nice cabin and a good location for all the activities we wanted to do!

We arrived on Friday evening and started the weekend celebration with a little champagne :)

On Saturday we drove to Eagle Mountain to hike to the highest point in Minnesota! It was a little cloudy and drizzly at times but still a great hike.

Most of the hike is in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) - very pretty!

It was about a 7 mile hike round trip and took us about 3 hours if I remember right (with a lunch stop :). Here's a pretty view across a calm lake (it's not Eagle Mountain though - must be some other 'Minnesota Mountain')!

Here we are at the summit!

And here's the official 'highest point' marker! Woo hoo! Our first 'high point!'

We took a little break at the summit to enjoy our favorite hiking meal - peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!! :)

After the hike we went back towards our cabin and stopped at Temperance River State Park (pretty much right next door to our cabin)! We hiked along the river and checked out all the pretty waterfalls.

Then we went down to where the river goes into Lake Superior and, of course, skipped some rocks and sat and listened to the waves crashing on the rocks. Well, Grant skipped rocks - mine mostly just plopped in and didn't skip. It was a fun day!

Sunday turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day! We ventured to Carlton Peak to try out some climbs. We found a spot to park and hiked up to where the climbs are, following the Superior Hiking Trail for part of the way.

We were pretty worn out from all our hiking the day before so only did a couple climbs but had great views of Lake Superior the whole time!

When we were done climbing we went back to the shore of Lake Superior and went swimming in the Temperance River! It was a little warmer in the river than in the lake so we opted for that. Then, it was time to drive home :( But, we had a great second anniversary weekend!

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