One of the best parts of living on the edge of Duluth is the proximity to the North Shore. Today we decided to go up to Tettegouche State Park and go hiking. In just about an hour, we were there and heading up the trail to High Falls.
The day’s weather held promise. It wasn’t too cold and started with a clear sunrise. But fog and clouds drifted in and lingered, masking the blue sky that we knew was up there. No matter, it was still bright if not sunny. The barren deciduous trees provided a backdrop of gray and the blanket of leaves on the trail had weathered to a subdued brown. In contrast, the pine trees brought a welcome splash of green color.
We had the trails to ourselves – it wasn’t exactly prime season. We rather prefer it that way, just us and nature. We could walk and absorb the sights and sounds around us uninterrupted.
The Baptism River was low, which was to be expected for the fall season coupled with the summer’s drought. There was still enough water to provide action over the falls. And the sound of rushing water drew us to the sights.
The bridge above High Falls provided some great entertainment. Suspended from a single cable anchored at each end, there was plenty of sway in the middle. We felt like kids bounding and bouncing across. It only made me a little bit nervous.
We have a lot to be thankful for, living so close to such natural beauty. Not everyone has the good fortune to venture into the woods on well-kept trails, to watch the water plummet over the rocks, and to benefit from living near the largest fresh water lake in the world. Thank you, God, for planting us in such a special part of your world.