Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gooseberry Falls State Park, June 10th, 2014

Goodness gracious, Saint Ignatius! Apologies, dear readers, for the radio silence. Life has been busy with wedding plans, work, starting to move my stuff to Joe’s house. The weather has also been a pain: it has been a very cold, very wet spring up here on the North Shore. It is June 25th and the high for the day is in the low 50’s, and it has been that way for most of the last few weeks. I hope that it warms up someday soon. I am morally opposed to turning the heat on in my house IN JUNE, so I’ve been wearing layers in the house. It’s getting a bit old.

Anyway, we’ve had a few nice days. June 10th was one of those nice days – so, to take advantage of it, Thunderdog and I took off for Gooseberry Falls State Park for a little hike.

Lower Falls

We took the path along the river past the lower falls, and down to the lake. We’d taken this trail before – remember the super foggy day? This time the sky was blue without a cloud up above or sitting on the ground, so we were able to take a closer look at the landscape around the lake.

Beautiful Lake
Historic CCC construction, modern construction fence

Shucks! The CCC lodge house was being renovated, so we couldn't go in. I flagged down a worker to ask what was going on. He said that they were redoing some of the mortar on the floor of the lodge, and that the project would be done by mid-July. I’ll have to stop by in July to see how it looks. I wonder how often they have to freshen up the stonework. CCC stonework seems to be as solid as it comes. 

Thunderdog, thunderdoggin' along

We took the bike trail back to the car. Not a very exciting hike, but it was nice to actually get out there and enjoy the park. There were plenty of tourists out there, but they mostly stuck around the waterfall. It was still quiet down by the lake, which was nice.

Total miles hiked today: 3
Total miles hiked in 2014: 12.3
Total Superior Hiking Trail miles hiked in 2013: .8
Total ticks today: Joe (still Ticksbane) - 0; Thunderdog - 2; Elly - 2.
Total ticks in 2014: 4

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