I have dreamed of traveling my entire life. Not to Europe, or South America, or China, but all over the U.S.A. Washington D.C. New York. San Francisco. The coast of Maine. The diverse cultures and landscapes of our country have always fascinated me.
But. If you had told me that one of my most favorite places would turn out to be Duluth, Minnesota, I would have said, "Du-what?" Duluth was just never on my radar.
We ended up here on the way to somewhere else. Now we are talking about coming back here next year. The climate, the people, the scenery, the small town/big city feeling. We love it all.
Yesterday was our last full day here, so we crammed as much into it as we possibly could. It was a busy day for us old folks.
|The North Shore Scenic Railroad|
Our next stop was the Corps of Engineers Maritime Visitors Center at the Duluth Port of Entry. We were happy to find a restaurant right next door, because we were hungry. And the food here was really good.
The CoE Maritime Visitor Center and Museum
The piers that lead out to the lighthouses are long enough and wide enough for all kinds of activities. There were people walking dogs, riding bikes, roller blading or just, like us, taking a leisurely stroll, enjoying the view.
|The city of Duluth.|
|This is the Aerial Lift Bridge. The entire road part lifts up to let boats go through.|
|We met this nice young man and his rabbit out by the lighthouse. |
I got to pet the bunny.
I think he thought I was kind of strange
when I asked if I could take his picture.
After our walk out to the lighthouse, we decided to go home to the 5er and rest a bit. After a short nap (yes, we are old) and a quick supper, we went out for the second half of our day/evening. This time, Charlie Chihuahua got to go with us.
|The Skyline Scenic Parkway is a 20 mile drive along the ridge above Duluth. |
There are loads of great views of the city, with Lake Superior in the background.
I really need to get a better camera for this kind of shot.
|Skyline Parkway also goes through several neighborhoods. |
These houses are typical of the area.
|This one was a lot fancier than most. Beautiful.|
The last part of the Parkway is Seven Bridges Road. I won't bore you with the story behind the bridges, which is really only interesting to the local citizens. But the bridges, and the scenery were lovely.
|Here's Leif. I guess he's guarding his garden.|
When we were at the Visitor Center earlier in the day, we noted that the next scheduled raising of the bridge would be at 10:30 pm, so that was our last stop of the day. Yes. Grammy and Poppy stayed out after dark. On purpose. And we stayed awake. It's a northern miracle.
|The bridge lowered so that cars can cross.|