Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Getaway to Grand Marais, Minnesota (Day 1).

Hello everyone!

Last week, Greg and I took a mini road trip to a small town called Grand Marais. There, we celebrated our first year wedding anniversary. 

We love visiting and exploring small towns. ;-) Please join us! 

Greg and I didn't really plan what exactly we were going to do at Grand Marais. However, I did a little research prior to leaving, and saw that a 57 mile roadway (called the Gunflint Trail) started at Grand Marais. The "trail" leads to hiking trails, lakes, rivers, etc.

That first day, we decided to hike up to Eagle Mountain, the highest natural point in Minnesota! There and back, I think we hiked about 7 miles.  


The entrance is as enchanting as it looks!






My favorite picture!
We were in awe of it all.


Almost there!
Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.






Our victory selfie. ;-) It was so windy up there!


Highest point?



We took a ton of pictures while on the summit. But I won't swamp you with those. ;-) We stayed up there for about an hour and a half. What did we do? We sat down, ate snacks, drink water and enjoyed the gorgeous view. 



On our way down, we tried going through the "Brule Lake Trail". However, we couldn't really figure out the way, and we were not prepared to get lost. ;-)



An old ax. We saw a lot of them on the camping sites.




Reaching the bottom took a little more time, as we explored the camping sites. We found a lot of weird stuff people left behind, but it was so fun! 

When we reached town (about 20 miles from the mountain), we tried finding a place to sleep. We were going to camp out, but that didn't work out very well. After searching and searching, we found a little "Mom and Pop" motel. We fell in love with the older lady who was at the "front desk" (inside her house). She was so welcoming and friendly. The motel was built in the 1930's and our room was last remodeled in the 1980's. However, the establishment (and the room) were so clean. On a random note, have you noticed that small towns don't really have fast-food restaurants, but you can always count on them having a Dairy Queen? ;-) 

After taking a long shower, we picked up some ice-cream and went star-gazing in the middle of nowhere. It was so dark and the sky was beyond beautiful. Next time I am taking a tri-pod, as it was impossible to get pictures of the night-time sky. 

Well, that was day 1! Stayed tuned for day 2.
God is such an artist. The best One.

"And God saw all that he had made, and it was very good..." Genesis 1:31

Love,
Gabby

6 comments:

  1. What a totally awesome place to hike, Gabriela! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us! The mom and pop motel sounds like a great place to spend the night, and what can beat ice cream? Now that's a great way to celebrate your anniversary!

    Looking forward to day 2!

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    1. Thank YOU, thank you, thank you for your comment! It was a simple, grand trip! And, of course, nothing beats ice-cream. Especially on a cold, autumn night. Oh the irony. ;-) We did feel very cold after the ice-cream, though. Thank goodness we were wearing warm clothing...and we had a warm car to get back into. :-)

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  2. All these photos are just too beautiful!!! You had a great trip and it makes me happy :)
    I love your victory selfie - your smile is so perfect and your eyes sending us love and happiness.

    Much love,
    Liuba x

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    1. Thank you, Miss Liuba! You are always so nice. :-D

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    1. Thank you, McKenzie! And thank you for your other comment as well! Your blog is lovely and I am so glad I stumbled upon it! :-)

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