Thursday, August 26, 2010

Grand Portage State Park: High Falls Trail

We awoke from our tent to a chilly morning. I made us a hot breakfast of museli before we packed up camp and hit the trail. The going was pretty easy today (other than Noelle's boot cutting into her heel) and the hiking went quickly.

When we got back to the car we decided to check out part of the reason for the Grand Portage's existence: the High Falls of the Pigeon River. The drive up to the northeastern-most section of Minnesota is very scenic, featuring some very rugged topography. The hike at Grand Portage State Park was a short mile round-trip hike along a gentle, paved trail. The falls themselves were impressive and it was easy to see why a portage would have been necessary.

From the falls we drove south to Grand Marais where we ate a late lunch at the wonderful Gunflint Tavern. We even stopped at World's Best Donuts for a doughnut for dessert before heading further south to Duluth.

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