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A Perfect Day in Duluth

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Duluth.  A wonderful city on the shores of Lake Superior.  A place for the people of the North Shore to run errands or drive through on their way to the cities.  This past weekend we decided to enjoy all Duluth has to offer.  We started our day at the Great Lakes Aquarium.  I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was.  The GLA focuses on the great lakes, mostly Lake Superior, and the habitats in and around the lakes, and also includes a small salt water aquarium section.  There is a giant fresh water tank with some giant fish in it!  We were there to see the divers feeding the fish and taking care of the tank.  One of the favorite kid activities was a large water table in the shape of the Great Lakes where kids could move boats through the locks of the lakes.  The upper level has a nice Lake Superior history area.  Even though the GLA is huge, there is still lot to see and do.

Next we walked over to my favorite sandwich place in Duluth – Northern Waters Smokehaus.  This small restaurant is located in the Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace.  It was featured a few years back on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.  I do believe it has the best sandwiches in Duluth.  My favorite is the Pastrami Mommy.  They also have some wonderful homemade salami, smoked fish and a small cheese section.  There is a small section of bar seating, but since the weather was so beautiful we sat outside on some picnic tables.  The staff is always friendly and if you can find a spot, parking in the back lot is free.

After a fulfilling lunch we took a walk to the Duluth pier to see the lift bridge.  We missed seeing a big laker drive through, but did see the bridge lift for a smaller sailboat.  The walk down to the end of the pier was a good people watching experience and provides a nice view of the city of Duluth and the Lake Superior shoreline. 

We walked back to the GLA parking lot – taking the path under the lift bridge – a sort of different perspective seeing cars drive above you!  Directly next to the GLA is a large playground.  We spent some time there before heading home.  I believe you do have to pay a five dollar parking fee if you park next to the playground or in the GLA parking lot. 

Next time you are on your way up to the North Shore – take a break in Duluth and enjoy it!  You will not regret the time spent in a great city by the shore.-Kris

Duluth Pier

Duluth Lift Bridge

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March Gales On Lake Superior

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Instead of receiving the predicted blizzard on the North Shore last week, we were visited by the Gales of March on Lake Superior.  The picture of our Great Lake was magnificent, painted with dark blue, green and sometimes brown.  The waves came crashing in with an enormous white cap topping. To add to this beautiful and surreal scenario, was the magnificent artistry of ice sculptures found on rock ledges and cliffs. This scene, I am certain, can only be created by Mother Nature herself. Watching the waves on the shores made me daydream about the tales of Lake Superior.  My speculations are that if Lake Superior could talk, the stories would fill the Lake itself.  Lake Superior was named Gichigami by the Ojibwe for ‘big water’ and is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area.  It is truly the greatest of the Great Lakes measuring to be the largest, deepest and coldest of the five with an average temperature of 40 degrees in the summer (brrrrr!).  The best part about Lake Superior is that it is ‘right out the back door’  and for miles and miles and miles! -Cindy

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