I’m home from my six-day trip to Minnesota (the reason for no post last week). My husband and I went to Duluth to watch our youngest daughter run in Grandma’s Marathon, and then hung around for a few extra days to check out the sights.
Before I talk about “What I Did on My Vacation in Minnesota,” though, let me brag about my daughter. She signed up for Grandma’s Marathon with the goal of running 26.2 miles in under two hours and 45 minutes. Doing so would qualify her for the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2020.
She succeeded, clocking in at 2:43:09. Here she is moments after crossing the finish line.
Making the team for the Olympics, she tells me, is a really long shot for her since there’s lots of competition. But she’s happy and proud that she’s now qualified to try out. I’m happy and proud too.
After she went home on Sunday, my husband and I left Duluth and drove an hour north to our accommodations for the next two nights, the Cove Point Lodge in Beaver Bay, located on the shores of Lake Superior. This was our base for exploring up and down the North Shore, the 148 miles of scenic highway and quaint villages stretching from Duluth to the Canadian border.
It’s hard to describe how HUGE Lake Superior is. I’m not sure my picture below does it justice either.
Here are some interesting facts:
- It’s the largest of the great lakes: in fact, it’s the largest freshwater lake in the world.
- There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America with water one foot deep.
- There have been about 350 shipwrecks on Lake Superior, and over 10,000 lives have been lost in her waters.
Okay, I realize your eyes may be glazing over, but having seen it, I find Lake Superior to be SUPERIOR!
My trip wasn’t all about gazing at the lake, however. Food is a priority when I travel. I try to eat something I wouldn’t have at home. At the Cove Point Lodge, I treated myself to the Scandinavian breakfast one morning. What you’re looking at below is pickled herring, a cold boiled egg on crisp rye bread, pickled cucumbers, sausage, and cheese. Delicious…and different.
A place called Betty’s Pies came highly recommended. Here I ordered a piece of Great Lakes Crunch Pie, liking the name as much as the ingredients: rhubarb, apples, strawberries, and raspberries, with a topping of oatmeal and brown sugar. Oh, and a big dollop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Maybe the pie wasn’t as much of a regional specialty as my Scandinavian breakfast, but I don’t often let myself have this kind of treat at home.
Minnesota, the land of ten thousand lakes (including one HUGE one), Grandma’s Marathon, and delicious food.