Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse

Gooseberry Falls State Park was a short 15-minute drive from our lodge in Two Harbors, and we enjoyed a short hike, pictures by the waterfall, and speculating about the interesting geology (we learned that the surface around Gooseberry Falls is volcanic bedrock).


As we hiked, we got several views of the falls:

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After finishing the hike, we had a quick lunch of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and then took the 20-minute drive (or so) to Split Rock Lighthouse.


Split Rock Lighthouse is run through the Minnesota Historical Society. After a horrible storm in 1905 left many sailors dead, this light house was constructed. Before the lighthouse, this area was particularly deadly because the magnetic interference of the iron ore within the rocks at Split Rock would throw compasses askew as far as 18 degrees!

Today, you can visit a small history exhibit, take tours of the facility, climb up the lighthouse tower, and see costumed guides showing what the lighthouse and the keeper’s home were like in the 1920’s.

This is what the lighthouse lens looked like from within the tower:


View from the top:


Keeper’s home furnished to reflect what it would have been like in the 1920’s:

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After finishing at the lighthouse, it was time to head back to Two Harbors to check out the action in town. Check back soon for a rundown of Two Harbors Heritage Days.

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Grand Superior Lodge

Grand Superior Lodge

After dinner at Betty’s, it was time to make our way to Grand Superior Lodge where we would be staying for the weekend. The lodge is located on the North Shore of Lake Superior, just a few minutes away from Two Harbors ‘central.’ The quotes are because Two Harbors is a very small town.  Here are some pics:

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They have old school decor:


Oh, and they like to keep vending machines on the outside of buildings:



Anyway…back to the lodge.


Welcome to the Love Shack, baby.


The Love Shack, like most (or all?) of the lodges within the Grand Superior Lodging Complex, was owned by a family who rents it out. The lodge felt very homey and welcoming:

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The family had lots of wall hangings and decorative pieces around the home:

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They seemed to especially like decorating with animals. There were LOTS of animals. Look at this bear peeking in the window:


It must be a baby bear since its feet don’t touch the ground:


The lodge we stayed in could sleep six if you wanted to cram. There’s a fully stocked kitchen:

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One bathroom:

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Plus an extra tub inside the master bedroom (we thought this was pretty funny):

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The main living area had a couch (with a fold out bed inside), a chair, and a fireplace:

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There was an upstairs loft area as well with a futon:

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The ceiling was slanted and very low. Note the distance between head and ceiling while sitting on the bed:


View from our window:


After getting settled in the lodge, we wanted to check out the rest of the resort property. We left the lodge by our back porch (with a grill!):


And walked down to the lake:

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We also checked out the swimming pool and hot tub in the main lodge:

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The main lodge also had a small sauna and an extremely tiny exercise room (one treadmill, one elliptical, and a few hand weights). It didn’t take long to figure out the lay of the land, so we headed back to the lodge to get ready for a trip to Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse (post coming soon about these adventures!).