Four kids ages 1 to 9. Two parents. Two grandparents. Three generations in one small retirement home.
What to do when it rains on your weekend plans? Go out anyway! The key is to work with the weather, not bemoan it.
Inspired by Anne Marie Gorham, of Lake Superior Beach Glass (who happens to be the daughter of my best friend in Jr and Sr High School), we headed out to Burlington Bay Beach in Two Harbors. “The best time to find beach glass is when it’s raining,” grandson Ben informed me. He’d seen enough of Anne’s videos in pelting rain to know.
And sure enough, he was right! We forgot all about the raindrops while scouring the beach for those glistening shards. It didn’t matter that most were tiny white specimens. The mere fact that they were plentiful kept us peering, bending, picking and looking for more. I admit to feeling giddy each time I plucked one from the rocks. We scored some turquoise, green and one cobalt blue piece too.
We had visions of hiking on the North Shore in the brilliant fall foliage. Instead, we decided to check out the raging torrents at Gooseberry Falls. All that rainwater swelled the river beyond its banks, plummeting down to the lake with a thunderous roar. Something tells me the kids found it more entertaining than fall colors.
Passing the remainder of the day playing games, it was hard to imagine the rain would ever stop. But Sunday morning dawned crisp and clear. Seizing the moment, we started at The Deeps, where we inspected the new footbridge, then made our way to the Lester Park Playground. There we stumbled on a Park and Rec “Pop-up” event. The collection of lawn games and outdoor activities soon lured the kids away from the playground to try the offerings.
Karen was still intent on getting in that hike. “I don’t want to go for a walk,” the kids wailed. But as soon as we reached the COGGS Hawk Ridge Trail, the oldest two kids were off and running. “This is so cool!” They loved the advanced structures created for the most adventurous of mountain bikers, scrambling over the steep rock formations. Lakeside spread out below us, a collage of yellows and greens, while leaves of every color carpeted the path. Reining them in was impossible. Their energy contagious.
It’s hard to say which was better, playing in the rain or the sunshine. I just know I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.