Lake Superior Sky Vacation- Part 1 (Duluth)

Last week we traveled up north to experience the joys of our first real family vacation. I knew it wouldn’t be perfect, but I wasn’t expecting the baby to be teething for the majority of the trip or the amount of rain we got! On the bright side, the rain made for the most amazing skies! After looking back through the pictures, I feel like the vacation was totally worth the trials and tribulations we endured- the dirty looks in restaurants from other tourists as we tried to soothe a hurting baby, the disappointment of not being able to see the sea caves without forking over an extra $200.00 or so, rain. . . But Andrew had a fantastic time and Chloe was so happy to be back home she started walking the night we got back.

We started our vacation by spending 2 nights in Duluth. Next we drove over to Bayfield, Wisconsin and the Apostle Islands. I have only driven through Duluth once so the city was practically brand new to me. Since I love San Francisco, I naturally enjoyed Duluth. I booked our room on Priceline and got a really awesome rate for the Radisson downtown. This was the view from our hotel window:

Not a bad view- definitely better than the view my brother and his friends had at the Motel 6 and they paid the same price- ha!

Like most tourists, we started out down around Canal Park. After walking around that area, I’m glad we decided to stay downtown and not on the canal. It was a little too touristy.

This was definitely an interesting sight. Known as “the cribs” to some (read more here), there were kids doing back flips off this thing. I really hope they were professional, it looked dangerous.

We spent the money to go on the Vista Fleet boat cruise. It wasn’t too expensive, but the tour was a little long (for us anyway- Chloe was crying the entire time and that’s not an exaggeration). We started out sunny and came back rainy. Andrew got to watch the aerial lift bridge go up and down.

A lot of the tour was around the industrial perimeter of the coast.

After we got off the boat and the rain started to come down, we made our way back to the hotel. Duluth is an okay city to visit even if rain is in the forecast because they have the skyway system! We only had to walk a half a mile in the rain before finding the entrance to a skyway.

The next morning, Chloe woke up at 4:30 and wouldn’t go back to bed. She was extremely crabby. Rather than wake the other 2 up and have everyone sleep deprived and crabby for the rest of the day, I loaded Chloe up and grabbed the camera. I was headed to Enger Tower to catch the sunrise. But I had to pull over a little early because I was so afraid I was going to miss it! This was snapped at 4:45 am from Skyline Parkway:

The sky was changing dramatically and quickly! I would snap a shot and then the sky would completely change in a matter of minutes. It was amazing!

This is Enger Tower:

And this is the sunrise from the 2nd floor (carrying a baby, I didn’t make it up to the top):

Then I decided to drive over to Canal Park and go across the lift bridge. I drove out as far as possible which brought me to a small airport but just as I was turning around I saw the beach access:

It’s hard to believe, but this was the sun already up that high at about 5:30 am.

I wanted to take Andrew back over here later that day but it started to rain in the middle of the morning and continued through the day off and on. We met friends at Pizza Luce for supper later that night after going to the children’s museum (worth the price) and train museum for the afternoon.

As you can see, Josh is standing with Chloe because if left to eat her dinner in her highchair she would just scream!

We left here and drove through an hour of fog along the south shore to Bayfield, Wisconsin. Pictures to follow. . . The skies were even more spectacular there!


  1. Posted June 27, 2010 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Don’t forget that before that 4am morning, we all got a 12am wake up call courtesy of the Radisson’s dangerously loud fire alarm…

  2. Posted June 28, 2010 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    No, that was the next night.