Where to begin? I suppose lets start with day one of our mini-moon! We decided to go on a small honeymoon before our actual one in February since we just got married and let’s be real, neither one of us are ready to go back to work. We decided on the North Shore since I grew up near Lake Superior and I love to hike and be around water and see waterfalls. We also thought it would be a good idea to take our dog with us as well.
We left the Monday after our wedding and spent six hours in the car to get to our campsite. Well since we left later than I wanted we did’t get to Tettegouche State Park until 8:30 and it was already dark. We went to check out our campsite and I told Matt, oh it’s the cart-in site! Apparently upon booking, I had NO IDEA what that even meant. Oh well it meant that you literally cart in all of your stuff to your site. So no driving to it. Naturally I pick a site farthest away too, it was a half mile walk one way to our campsite! Since we were in the middle of NO WHERE, Matt refused to let me stay at the site alone while he went to get firewood so we could see what the heck we were doing. Did I mention that there were no showers, only outhouses, no electricity and we had to keep our food/scented items in a bear safe steel box? Since we couldn’t drive our truck to the campsite, we did not have a way to air up our air mattress, thankfully I packed a ton of blankets to use as a bed which by the way, didn’t help. I have bruises on my legs from the rocks that I slept on. We also were right on the lake, so it was 50 below during the night and I did not get any sleep the first night. During the day however, I LOVED our campsite! It was so nice being close to the lake and hearing the waves crash along the shore.
Day two we hiked over 11 miles and over 60 flights of stairs. We saw Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Light House, High Falls, and Twin Falls. Everything was absolutely breathtaking. I was a little concerned about our overweight golden retriever, but he did phenomenal. Day three we hiked over 9 miles and over 60 flights of stairs again. We visited the Cascades, Grand Marais Harbor, and Devil’s Kettle, (which was on my bucket list). I also started my very first fire! So that was pretty exciting! The last day of hiking we only went around 5 miles and no where near as many stairs. We saw High Falls on the Minnesota/Canadian border, Temperance River and Falls, Silver Bay Marina and went shopping in Grand Marais. While shopping in Grand Marais, I got to go to a bookstore! Not like Barnes and Noble, but a privately owned one! It was the cutest place ever and I could have spent the whole day in there if Matt would have let me! *No, nothing in this blog post is an ad, I am just sharing my wonderful experience!
Overall, we came home exhausted and I was so homesick and wanted my bed after staying in a tent the whole time! Dozer isn’t even phased that he walked over 30 miles and 120+ stairs over the week. So if you like nature, hiking and waterfalls, the North Shore is definitely the place to go! I seriously had a blast and would more than happy to go back and see more things that we didn’t see this time!