Tuesday, June 30, 2009

North Shore Vacation day #4

Well we are almost at the end of our vacation, this is day #4, Wednesday. We are now in Two Harbors at our lakehome. We are enjoying sitting outside listening to the loons and watching the kids throw rocks in the water and look for interesting things.

We didn't feel like doing much today, I suppose we had been running around so much since Sunday we wanted a relaxation day. So we went down to the shore to goof around

Our happy boy playing on the floor as we were all getting ready for the day

But the mid morning the kids were getting antsy so we decided to drive into downtown Two Harbors and see where the day took us.

As we were packing the diaper bag and getting the kids ready to head out, Zack decided he needed his morning nap, right there in the middle of the living room on the floor

We headed down to the ore docks to see if there were any ships, nope!

So we just did some walking, Wyatt thought the train tracks going straight into the water was so very cool and he had a million stories as to why tracks when into the water

After walking around for a few hours we headed back and had lunch. The kids wanted to get out and about so we headed down to Duluth to visit the Great Lakes Aquarium. It's the largest fresh water aquarium in the USA.

Pointing this out now, the aquarium does not allow any flash photography, so I had to go without my flash and well their lighting stinks! So moving kids, bad lighting equals please excuse the poor photos coming ahead. lol

Wyatt petting a stingray

Lucy too

Steering a ship

After the aquarium we headed back up to Two Harbors and decided to eat at Betty's Pies. Everyone in MN raves about their pies, so we decided we just had to eat there. The food, not so good. But we did order a pie to go, strawberry rhubarb and YUMMY! So we were saved there

And that's that! The rest of the night was relaxing and enjoing our vacation. We got up the next morning and decided to head home, we had a lot of laundry to do and we were heading to the cabin that Friday. It was a great trip and I can't wait to to do again!

A cute picture before I go, we woke up Thursday morning to find Wyatt and Lucy snuggled up next to one another. Too cute!

Monday, June 29, 2009

North Shore Vacation Day #3 Part 2!

After we had dinner at Sven and Ole's, we headed back down towards our lakehome, it was going to be a 1.5 hour drive without any stops. About 20 minutes outside of Grand Marais is Cascade Park, Mark and I had our honeymoon here so it always holds special meaning to us.

We didn't think we were going to stop, the kids were tired and ready to get to our lakehome, but I told Mark we just needed to, it was vacation and who knows when we would be back up there again.

So we did, we hiked up to see the Cascade river and all the beautiful falls along the way. Now the river may look dirty, but it's not, it's tannic acid, so it makes it brown foamy. Kinda like a root beet float :)

I wish the weather had been better, it was grey and overcast so my pictures didn't come out as well as I had hoped, but mother nature has her own thing, so you take what you get right?

We got to our lakehome around 6:30 and wow, it was so beautiful! We were wishing we would have stayed there the entire time. The views were amazing and it was our own private cabin. When we got all of our things inside, the sun popped a few times and I went to to the lake to snap a few pictures and I got these

We took all 3 kids swimming before bed, Zack had a great time splashing and watching the kids jump off the deep end to Mark. it was a great end to a great day!

Friday, June 26, 2009

North Shore Vacation day #3 Part 1

Part 1 of Day #3 was Tuesday, that morning we checked out of our hotel early, like 9am and took the kids to the park to play before we headup to the north shore.

While we were playing the train that we rode on Monday passed us by with a new set of passengers

After playtime we were off! Two Harbors is 22 miles from Duluth. Our lake home was there, but checkin time was not until 4pm so we had an entire day to spend. Mark suggested we drive up to Grand Marais, and while I was not to happy with the idea at first (it's almost a 2 hour drive) I am happy that we did go.

There were many stop along the way, about 35 miles outside of Two Harbors is Split Rock Lighthouse, we stopped in and took a tour. It's such a beautiful place and the views are amazing

The water is really this blue, this is not re touched at all

Here we are about 15 miles from Grand Marais, this is a favorite beach of ours, we always stop when we head up there

mark taught the kids that they can break open some of the rocks up there and see tiny crystals, so here is Wyatt giving it a try. See that ring on his finger? He found it at the park on Monday and he wore it the entire trip.

Lucy insisted that her and Mark were to go swimming in the big pool as she called it, so Mark told her they were going to test the waters first. What Lucy didn't know is that the lake doesn't get above 45 degrees ever, so it's very cold!

Zack could not get over all the rocks and he spent most of the time sitting, picking them up and dropping them

I think Mark is saying that Zack is heavy.....

We left the beach and headed up to Grand Marais, we went on a short walk then we ate at Sven and Ole's, a famous pizza joint.

Wyatt found the stick and it ended up coming home with us

Thursday, June 25, 2009

North Shore Vacation day #2 Part 2!

Part 2 of day #2 of our north shore vacation!

So after the train ride we went back to the hotel to hang out for a bit. Zack needed to nap and the kids needed to wind down. So we turned on cartoons and everyone laid in bed watched tv. We ordered in pizza for dinner, a quick easy meal and when that was done we were off to the Vista Cruise! It's a decent sized ship that takes you around the harbor of Duluth and explains the history of it all. While the kids would not understand that part, I thought they would be excited to at least go on a boat ride.

Here is a picture of the boat we rode on

So our cruise ran from 5-7pm and it was really nice out so we were all excited

First we got to go out of the harbor and onto Lake Superior, so they had to life the bridge for us, Wyatt thought that was very cool since we had just walked accross that yesterday

After being out on the lake for 10 minutes we went back into the harbor. We happened to choose a great time to take the cruise, there were many other ships leaving and we got to see them up close

I should point out that Mark took pics for the rest of the cruise, Zack had fallen asleep on me and well, you can't take decent pics with a sleeping baby on your lap. I think he did really good using my camera!

Remember the ship Alexia from day #1? Here she is getting pulled out of dock by a tugboat after filling up with grain

Lots of Iron Ore

Made by GE, so of course Mark had to take a picture of the windmill parts lol

After the cruise we took the kids to the giftshop and they got to pick out a new toy, Wyatt picked a die cast mail car and Lucy picked a pirate ship. We went back to the hotel so they could play. We did go swimming that night and the kids had a blast in the pool! Zack and I statyed in the hotel room to get things cleaned up since we were checking out that next morning.

Good bye Duluth, Hello Two Harbors!