|Standing on one end of the William Irwin. One of
the ships that transported iron from MN through the
Great Lakes. It was retired for being too SMALL.
We flew into Minneapolis (I have never savored reading a book on a plane so much!), spent some time with my sister and brother-in-law (there’s a serious bromance going on between the husbands), and then drove three hours south for the Iowa wedding. After having a great time at the wedding, we then turned back and drove north.
This drive was longer–six hours! But honestly, when you usually have most of your conversations with your spouse while trying to wrangle a three year old and an almost one year old, the six hours of uninterrupted time together was heavenly!
|Ryan messing with the anchor chain.
The tour guide said each link weighed
approximately 40 lbs!
The next two days were spent exploring Duluth and the surrounding area. Why Duluth you ask? Well, having gone to college in Minnesota, I love the state. And Ryan was born in Duluth and lived the first five or six years of his life there. So, to sum it up, both of us were open to this destination. We know it’s not the most glamorous place on earth and definitely not tropical, but for us, it was perfect. Included are a few pictures of our time there.
Touring the ship was fascinating, taking walks in downtown Duluth and further up the North Shore was AWESOME, checking out where Ryan was born and spent the first years of his life was interesting, but the restaurants we visited were just okay. We had a hard time deciding on where to eat the second evening. Ryan vetoed one place, I vetoed the second, and then we were so hungry, we just picked something we had previously ruled out. Despite querying Yelp (its a website that gives reviews of all types of restaurants), this decision was really difficult for some reason. Maybe we had too high of expectations for our last night on the town. We ended up at Grandma’s right by the Lift Bridge and the only good thing about our experience was watching the Lift Bridge in action. The reviews of Grandma’s on Yelp were dead-on. But one of the restaurants we passed on had awesome reviews but looked like a dive in a desolate part of town…we haven’t figured out how to best use Yelp! Anyway….back to the more interesting aspects of our trip…
Ryan likes to experiment with the panoramic setting on our camera. Here are a few he took…
|The famous Duluth Lift Bridge. It didn’t turn out like he expected, but it was still cool looking|
|A beautiful afternoon at Two Harbors…this is a navigation barrier (?) near the harbor. We assumed it helped
control the waves so ships could dock easier…
Below are some photos of what happened the day we left! Please keep Duluth-ians (or Duluth-inites) in your prayers! It sounds like it’s horrible out there. Thanks, Bob Miller, for supplying these photos.
|Sinkholes were prevalent throughout
|Ryan and I both recognize this intersection.
Crazy to think that we were just driving
through it on Monday or Tuesday.
|One of the downtown I-35 tunnels…|