the north shore: travel diary
last weekend i escaped the city & explored the north shore of minnesota for the first time. my freshwater collection features agates from this region, so I was eager to get to know the landscape a little better.
any getaway trip to the north shore is bound to include daily hikes. we went on several, including a more remote hike to blueberry lake (check out this post for photos from that hike). when we finally made it to blueberry lake, there were four otters waiting to greet us!
another hike held a more mysterious climax: a view of a river splitting, where one half clearly continues on, while the other disappears into a cavern. to this day, no one knows for sure the route that this disappearing half of the river takes, although we can be pretty certain that it rejoins & empties into lake superior eventually. this hike is aptly named devil's kettle.
one of my favorite food stops was the naniboujou lodge & restaurant, a historic and completely one-of-a-kind destination along the shores of lake superior. we popped in for their high tea, which included a bottomless pot of ashby's afternoon tea, smoked turkey sandwiches with parsley, cucumber cream cheese sandwiches, White chocolate-chip scones with raspberry jam and whipped cream, a chocolate dipped shortbread cookie, & strawberries. I felt completely spoiled!
and besides, who isn't charmed by a hotel that sets up chairs & telescopes for their guests to look at stars & planets in the night sky? what a lovely way to enjoy the evening away from city light pollution!
on our second to last day, we ventured further north. a trapper & fur trader in hovland gave us this tip: the most beautiful part of the north shore is the northern-most part. and we were not disappointed! the expansive views before we hit the canadian border were simply pristine & breathtakingly beautiful. i can only imagine how magical this area must look in the wintertime!