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As we finished hiking the Split Rock River Loop Trail we could see some big waves down by the lake. We drove down for a closer look and did find some big waves crashing into the shore.

We had some time to kill so we drove down to Brighton Beach in Duluth, Minnesota to check on winter conditions. Not what we expected. This is what mid March weather should look like at Brighton Beach.

This is what it looks like this year.

It was such a beautiful day we decided to continue on to Tettegouche State Park where we hiked out to Shovel Point. There was still enough ice on the trail that it made for some tricky going particularly when walking down the steps. As I mentioned in an earlier post there had been an ice storm but most of the ice was already gone. We had been at Tettegouche in 2011 after a fierce March storm deposited large amounts of ice along Shovel Point. I’ve included a few photos below for comparison.

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Shovel Point

Shovel Point 2011

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Schovel Point Steps

Shovel Point Steps 2011

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We were wandering along the beach at Split Rock State Park when I noticed some nice ripples in the water. More Photos from Split Rock can be found on my website.

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While I was photographing the ripples over the rocks I notice the waves were backlit and had some nice color to them.

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Our goal for the day was Gooseberry Falls State Park but it was such a beautiful day we decided to continue on to Split Rock. I hopped to get some shots of the Lighthouse with lots of ice in the foreground but it looked like a beautiful summer day. More Photos from Split Rock can be found on my website.

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split-rock-lighthouse-state-park-17-2-2014There were just a few pockets of ice on the shore. This is how desperate I was to get some ice shots.

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It was going to be a beautiful day so we decided to drive up to Gooseberry Falls State Park. We wanted to get an early start so we decided to stop at the Vanilla Bean Restaurant in Two Harbors for some Swedish pancakes. As we were just about to leave I noticed a Coast Guard Boat go by on the highway. After breakfast we drove out to the harbor to see what as going on. There were a lot of cars in the parking lot. Apparently the fish were biting because there were quite a few fishermen around. The Coast Guard was just putting their boat in the water when we arrived so we stopped to get a few photos. Apparently they were going out on their first training run of the year. Normally the harbor is covered in ice but not today.

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From Two Harbors we drove up to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. I had expected to see more ice because there were some nice ice storms in November but the ice was mostly gone.

More photos of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park can be found on my website.

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Our next stop on our North Shore venture was Gooseberry Falls State Park. The cold weather had created a lot of ice and all of the waterfalls were covered in ice. Strong winds the day before had covered up any tracks around the falls and conditions were pristine on a beautiful sunny day. Once again we were dissapointed at the lack of ice along the shore.

More photos from Gooseberry Falls can be found on my website.

Upper Falls

Upper Falls

Lower Falls

Lower Falls

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After a brief stop at Stoney Point we continued our drive up the North Shore for a brief stop in Two Harbors. We always drive out to the Harbor area to check things out. The sea fog was also hanging around Two Harbors.

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The Presque Isle was at the docks loading iron ore pellets. This would be one of the last ships in the harbor until the 2017 shipping season starts in March.

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Before leaving I took a shot of the lighthouse.

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When we woke up it was bitterly cold out and Lake Superior was covered in sea fog. This is a phenomenon that occurs when the water is warm and the air is very cold. There have been some spectacular photos of the Duluth Harbor area with walls of sea fog out in the lake. We decided it was too cold out to go cross country skiing so we decided to drive up the North Shore and check out ice conditions. Our first stop was Stoney Point where I captured a few photos of the sea fog out in the Lake.

More photos from Stoney Point can be found on my website.

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