Saturday, May 30, 2015

North Shore Drive- up to Gunflint Lodge!

We've done a North Shore / Gunflint Trail vacation with the Marotz family for a number of years now, and this year we branched out and tried a new 'home base'- Gunflint Lodge.  It is quite a bit further up the trail than our mainstay, Bearskin Lodge, but it had a one thing going for it that made it our choice.  Number one:  Dog-friendly cabins, outdoor dining and activities.  We ended up really enjoying ourselves (enough to book a 'bounce-back' trip this fall).  The programming was very good-- we took wild edible hikes, nature tracking hikes, learned how to make birchbark crafts and paper, and even enjoyed some horseback riding, paddling and fishing when we weren't busy hiking!

Here is a break-down of Day 1-  From MSP to Gunflint Lodge

Gooseberry Falls State Park:  Kolachi really showed her age (almost 2) here.  She was able to appropriately ignore other dogs (and there were a LOT of them) when we hiked to the falls.  It was SO nice to enjoy this with the whole family!
 Always watching over her kids-

 Auntie Carrie, Uncle Sam and Vera met us in Duluth and we caravanned up to the Gunflint Trail.  Vera was rocking the sun hat!

Next Stop: "Pooh Sticks Bridge" at Lutsen Resort.  The kids HAVE to stop here every trip-- this is NOT an option!

 Miss V got in on the rock collecting as well..... and rock-eating.  Because that's cool, too...

 Finally made it!  The adults (and Kolachi) relax in the HUGE Pow-Wow Lodge at Gunflint.  It was a great 'cabin' (think house) and we had plenty of room to spread out and wait for Papa Bob and Grandma Mary to roll in later that evening.

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