Beautiful Northern Minnesota with Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck drove over another bridge from Superior, Wisconsin back to Duluth, Minnesota.   We love driving through this part of the United States.    We are driving north from Duluth along Lake Superior.    Split Rock Lighthouse is magnificent.

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse

November 27-28, 1905 this area experienced a “Storm of a Century”.   More than 20 ships sank or were heavily damaged at the west end of Lake Superior.   Split Rock Lighthouse was completed in 1910.    At the Visitor’s Center we were greeted by the anchor of the Madeira, a 5,000 ton steel barge that went down in this storm.

Anchor from Madeira. A 500 steel barge, and it could float???

Anchor from Madeira. A 500 steel barge, and it could float???

Lakes are beautiful, but can be dangerous.    We loved these big chairs on the cliffs overlooking Lake Superior.

Resort on Lake Superior here. Sit for awhile

Resort on Lake Superior here.   Sit for awhile

They are part of an advertisement for a resort on Lake Superior.   If we come here in the summer, we would stay at this resort.   Next stop for us is Beaver River.

Cascading Beaver River

Cascading Beaver River

Don’t you just love cascading rivers?   We do!   Beaver River flows into Lake Superior.

Beaver River flows into Lake Superior

Beaver River flows into Lake Superior

So much beautiful water.     Great view of Lake Superior through the trees.

Lake Superior through the trees

Lake Superior through the trees

We are now in Silver Bay, Minnesota.   This is Rocky Taconite.

Silver Bay and Rocky Taconite statue

Silver Bay and Rocky Taconite statue

Taconite is now made into steel.   This was a great economic boost to the economy in this area.   We will now drive west, leaving Lake Superior.   Further north and inland, we would come to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and we are not prepared to leave our car and canoe across Minnesota.    It is  great thing to do in the summer, though.   We love the red leaves on this tree, and, of course, a sign announcing food is always a welcome sight.

Beautiful red leaves--and tasty food

Beautiful red leaves–and tasty food

Continuing, we arrived in Finland, Minnesota.   Great mural created by Dale Knaffla in 2011.

Finland, Minnesota. Winter fun!

Finland, Minnesota.   Winter fun!

Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but don’t forget all the beautiful rivers.

Rivers too. Not only lakes in Minnesota

Rivers too.   Not only lakes in Minnesota,

We are now in Ely, Minnesota.   Ely is a tourist town and  we saw many outfitters with stacks of canoes ready for next spring.   Here, in Ely, we admired this mural by Bob Cary in 2001.

Mural in Ely, Minnesota

Mural in Ely, Minnesota

As you can tell, we like the murals painted on buildings.   We thought this looked like a nice house in  beautiful Minnesota setting.

We thought this house and trees were beautiful

We thought this house and trees were beautiful

Here is another mural in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

Fishing mural in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Fishing mural in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

This was done by Amis Aboleg in memory of Tim Wokasch, saying  “Watch over the rest of us.   See you on the Flip Side.”   Nearby, in Detroit Lakes, we appreciated the wood carving of the sheriff.

Wooden sheriff. Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Wooden sheriff. Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Minnesota has so much, but this is our favorite memory of Minnesota.

A favorite memory of northern Minnesota

A favorite memory of northern Minnesota

We hope you enjoy Minnesota as much as we did.

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