With my manuscript ready for the Post Office, I am free. There is no point in laboring over minutia, tweaking the words, or re-crafting my dialog. While my writing coach spends the next month pouring over my draft and developing a plan to guide my next steps, I am absolved from working on it.
I promised myself this respite. After hunkering down and writing all spring and summer, limiting my excursions to the cabin and family visits, it’s time to venture further afield. Rich and I have decided that the safe way to do that is to stay self-contained, driving and renting AirBnBs that have kitchen facilities. Sheltering in another place.
Our first foray is up to Grand Marais, returning to a gem of a rental, Tre Søstre in the heart of town. These three mini-tower dwellings bear the Scandinavian sleek design of architect David Salmela. With huge windows overlooking the harbor, a deck on each floor and within walking distance from everything in town, it’s an upscale haven. Since we are in the middle unit this time with two bedrooms, we invited our son Erik and his wife Katie – as well as pooch Finley – along.
We dedicated a whole day to journeying up the shore, hiking in state parks along the way. The common theme was waterfalls. It didn’t require rigorous effort, as each site was a mile and a half or less from the car. Half the fun was just lingering, not caring how long it took, and drinking up the sunshine. Escapism at its best.
Our first stop was at Tettegouche, where we hiked up to High Falls. Katie braved the rocks and water to throw sticks for Finley who boldly swam below the falls, while the rest of us perched on rocks.
On the way back down, we took a side trail to see Two Step Falls – requiring 200 steps down. And back up again.
Temperance River has always been a favorite of mine, with its deep gorge, rushing water and potholes scoured out by swirling water, sand and gravel. Despite the almost-fall season, there was still plenty of waterflow accompanied by lots of oohs and aahs.
We followed the trail up to Upper Falls. This view took a bit of maneuvering down a steep rocky unmarked path that we missed the first time we passed by. But it was worth the climb down.Happy Hour on the deck while Erik and Katie prepared shrimp scampi was pretty sweet. I’m starting to get into this time out.