If I had any doubts about winter’s arrival, it only took a trip up the North Shore to the Canadian border and beyond to confirm it. While patchy snow powdered Duluth, the more northern climes delivered deeply flocked pines and enough snow on the ground to make boots a necessity. Not exactly typical waterfall weather, but that was the whole attraction.
It took two stops at Kakabeka Falls north of Thunder Bay to catch in it bathed in sunlight. Afternoon delivered the warmth and light we sought, and transformed the view into a thunderous sparkling delight.
Pushing further north, we ventured in search of Silver Falls. Following unplowed roads into the park of the same name, we stopped to hike at Dog Lake. With only vague directions to the falls, we declined the remaining narrowing white road onward. Silver Falls await a return visit.
Just at the border, High Falls in Grand Portage State Park graced us with sunshine once again. The Pigeon River flowed with gusto, even as its borders froze into creamy icicles. Especially intriguing was watching the water falling behind the thinner icy patches.
While Rich stopped to investigate the water fowl in the bay at Grand Marais, I found yet another water feature in the crystal remnants of recent wave action.
The best part of all? We had every single one of these sights to ourselves. Apparently, we were the only ones out in search of winter water.