To Alex -

To Alex...who is far away in person, but never far from my heart. I miss you. Enjoy these snippets of everyday family life here in the states.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Beaver Lake Basin Trail

1.5 miles to Lake Superior, hang a left, go another 1/2 mile on the North Country Trail and stop when your jaw drops. I've never been on this trail in all the years we've been coming here. Wow.

We didn't know what to expect or what we would find. Our mission was to find Spray Falls, which I'll tell you about next, but the whole family started out on this hike. Through a bit of confusion having to do with oldest son underestimating the speed and stamina of his daughter, we lost my son when he turned back to find his wife and daughter whom he assumed took the wrong trail. lol...they did not. Miss M simply put the pedal to the metal and beat everyone else out to Lake Superior. B turned back at the lake to go find my son and we proceeded without the two of them. Too bad because what we eventually found was breathtakingly beautiful.
Hiking, rock climbing, cave exploring...same thing right? My family thinks so.
Sometimes the view is better from the top too.
We're curious folks. We must see and touch. I'm sure we're not alone in those traits. I think those two are figuring out how to scale the face.
Miss M just before she sprinted to the lake.
"Hey! What are you two doing up there? What are you looking at?" And they point to...
this. Holy mackeral! Where did this come from? It's a hidden cove and the waves were coming in from crazy directions, swishing back and forth as if in a bathtub. It looked dangerous. Like, if you tried to swim in here you might get your head bashed on the rocks and your face scraped off too. But the beauty, yes, the jaws dropped.
Taiwan son is the only one who braved the water in the cove and even he didn't go out very far. Remember me saying that we respect this lake, but we still play in her waves, and that sometimes she wins and gives us a good soaking? hehe...Taiwan son was carefully picking his way along the rock edge to inspect that cave when a rogue wave came in and washed completely over him with verrry cold water. I could see him cringe from up on the cliffs. Score another round for Lake Superior. I swear I heard her laughing at her mischief.

Next up...Spray Falls.


  1. What a fantastic day! Amazing pictures, rock,trees,water,sky, amazing!