Thursday, July 21, 2016

Discovering Minnesotta's Coast

Big Manitou Falls, Pattison State Park, WI (tallest waterfall in Wisconsin)

Lighthouse at Two Harbors, MN

Gooseberry Falls State Park, MN

Split Rock Lighthouse

Grand Marais, MN

TOP: Marshall's
PURSE: Marc by Marc Jacobs
JACKET: New Look

          I don't think it's possible for me to choose my favorite place on this trip.  We visited so many amazing spots.  This post is about more of Minnesota, north of Duluth.  We stopped at a bunch of parks and saw tons of water falls.  
          The first place in this post is Pattison State Park.  Big Manitou Falls is the highest waterfall in Wisconsin.  I didn't expect any of these waterfall to be near as big as they are.  It really surprised me how huge they are because I didn't do a ton of research before we left.   I only looked at a few pictures and everything looks less impressive in pictures.  The next spot is Two Harbors, MN.  The coast us there is so rocky and interesting.  It reminds me so much of the Pacific Northwest tide pools.  The only thing missing is the marine life.  Check out my post from there and see for yourself, HERE.  The third place in this post is Gooseberry State Park.  Gooseberry Falls is a massive waterfall that is spread throughout different levels.  You can walk out on it and swim in all of the little waterfalls.  It was really amazing.  It flows straight into Lake Superior.  Next is Split Rock Lighthouse, which is my new favorite lighthouse (and I've seen a lot).  It's just one of those perfect, stereotypical lighthouses that looks like it is straight out of a movie.  It could be located anywhere in the world, you just wouldn't expect to see something like that on the Great Lakes.  Lastly, Grand Marais, MN is another one of those small towns with a bunch of shops and restaurants, right on the water.  We ate fresh fish at one of the restaurants and it was amazing.  We also did some exploring on the rocks.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The 4th in Apostle Islands

Bayfield, Wisconsin

A Bald Eagle on the 4th of July!

Boat tour of the Apostle Islands 

SANDALS: Forever 21
PURSE: Marc by Marc Jacobs

          I know the 4th of July was two weeks ago, but I am just now blogging about it because of lack of internet and other posts that had to go up first.  I spent my Independence day in a few different places while on vacation.  During the day I was in Bayfield, Wisconsin, where I did some shopping, and eating.  The town is really cute and has a lot to offer.  In the morning, I took a boat tour around the Apostle Islands.  Later on in the evening I went to Duluth, Minnesota to see fireworks (the largest fireworks show in Minnesota).  I wore this new romper from H&M.  I love the print because it's floral.  I can't pass up a good floral print.  
          Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a huge chain of Islands in Lake Superior.  They are much larger than they look on a map and cover a huge area.  There are 22 islands total.  The boat ride was amazing because we got to see a lot of the islands, and pull right up to the sea caves on Devil's Island.  We were also able to see some bald eagles soaring over the trees.  Many of the islands have tons on black bear living on them.  I was hoping to get to see one, but we didn't.  The captain told us that they have found bear cubs sleeping in bald eagle's nests!
          Duluth is where we watched fireworks.  I wasn't sure what to expect from this city because I hadn't heard much about it.  I must admit, I wasn't very fond of the overall feeling from the city.  It was very old, dirty, and rundown.  I did really enjoy the waterfront area though.  I also saw one of the most impressive fireworks displays I had ever seen, maybe even better than Chicago's.

Sorry, some of these pictures are fuzzy because my lens was dirty and I didn't realize it.  

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Along the Coast

SANDALS: Forever 21
PURSE: Marc by Marc Jacobs

          The first two pictures are downtown Marquette, MI.  The downtown area is cute and old.  There are a bunch of shops and harbor, like many other towns in Michigan.  After doing some shopping downtown and eating, we went to a park called Presque Isle Park.  It is a beautiful park.  There are lots of rocks, with small sandy areas in-between.  You can swim there (if you want to swim in super cold water).  It was really fun to climb around on the rocks and just explore.  We came across an area where a bunch of other people were jumping off a cliff.  We decided to join.  The water was shockingly cold and the cliff was much higher up than anything I have jumped from in the past.  It was a really fun experience, jumping off a cliff in such a pretty place, surrounded by a bunch of new faces.  

          The last three pictures are of a waterfall called Superior Falls.  Superior Falls is pretty difficult to find.  It's not in a State Park or major city park.  You have to look up directions online and follow a bunch of small roads to get there.  Then you have to follow a path down to the water.  I'm really glad we decided to go through all the trouble of finding it because it was very impressive.  It's a lot bigger than it looks in this picture.