We’ve been cooped up in MSP the last month or so and since there isn’t a warm weather vacay on the calendar, Nick and I did the next best thing: Drove farther north to see the ice caves along Lake Superior.
After a pit stop in Duluth for a walk on the lake and a beer at Canal Park Brewing…
…we were en route to Bayfield, where we had dinner at flamingo-themed Maggie’s (the bison burger + sweet potato fries were awesome) and then saw some moon dogs (so, so neat… these never even made an appearance where I grew up in northern Minnesota!).
Bright and early Sunday morning, we bundled up and drove north along the lake about 20 miles to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the entrance to the mainland sea caves along Lake Superior. It was freezing, but the views were worth every shiver. It was absolutely spectacular! The photos don’t do it justice.
If you go…
- Go early to beat the crowds. We arrived around 7:30a and snagged a $3 parking spot right at the lake entrance (bring cash).
- Dress warm. It was 2 degrees when we arrived. I wore a long Patagonia down jacket, SmartWool socks + buff, Sorel boots and a hat, and I was still cold. Snow pants would be wise, as it’s a one-mile walk, in snow, from the entrance to the first caves.
- Bring a camera. If you have one, bring a dSLR because it takes way better pics than your phone. Plus, if it’s freezing, your phone will get cold and shut off. And, trust me, you’ll want to take pictures.
- That said, put down the camera and take in the beauty! Stop, look around in wonder and soak.it.in. It’s not everyday you get to walk on frozen Lake Superior and duck into icy caves. (In fact, it’s the first time in five years they’ve been open.)
Photo credit: the bf, Nick. Check out his blog for more fantastic, full-size pics!