Back in early June, my family and I had the pleasure of spending a long weekend along Minnesota’s sensational, untouched North Shore of Lake Superior. I’d written quite a few posts about the gorgeous hikes we did in this area (to read them click here) but never had a chance to write about our final hike along the Split Rock Lighthouse Coastal Trail.
My parents generously offered to take our two children back to the Cities early Sunday morning providing my husband Paul and I with a free day to do a hike of our choosing. With so many amazing State Parks and endless amounts of day hikes, it was a tough choice. We had heard rave reviews about the Split Rock Lighthouse Coastal trail that meanders back along the river affording dramatic views of the rushing water, forest and Lake Superior. We set off around nine o’clock with a picnic lunch and were not disappointed. It was a lovely hike into the wilderness.
“Take only pictures; leave only footprints.”–– Anonymous
The forest beckons….
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir
We also saw a very unusual bug…
“The forest has shrunk
And fear has expanded,
The forests have dwindled,
There are less animals now,
less courage and less lightning,
and the moon lies bare,
deflowered by force and
― Visar Zhiti, “The Condemned Apple: Selected Poetry”
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” -Mahatma Gandhi
We finally made it to the lookout and what a splendid place it was for our picnic lunch. The view of Lake Superior’s azure waters was stunning. It appeared as if the water was above the horizon.
Had worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”