2018 Around the Shoreline of the Great Lakes travel blog

Travel trailer/ice fishing house - Only in Minnesota

View of Burlington Bay from our campground

Black Beach

"Rocky Taconite" statue in Silver Bay to honor those who figured out...

Beaver Falls

Anchor recovered from the Madeira wreck in Lake Superior made in Chester,...

View from Silver Creek Cliff along old MN 61

Ore docks on Agate Bay at sunset

Ore boat waiting to enter Agate Bay

Full moon rising over Two Harbors Lighthouse Point

Agate Bay Harbor entrance light

Two Harbors Lighthouse and full moon rising

Ore docks and Two Harbors lights

Close up of Agate Bay Harbor entrance light

Taken from the edge of the breakwater wall

Two Harbors Lighthouse seen from the breakwater

Faint Northern Lights

Humidity haze obscures the moon


Saturday we decided to visit some of the state parks along the North Shore. We stopped at Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock, Tettegouche, but they were so crowded we couldn't find a parking place. It seems like everyone is out for the last weekend before Labor Day even though the weather was threatening rain all day. We even pulled off on a tiny road that lead to a place called Palisade Head and found that the small parking lot and edge of the road were filled with parked cars. This is really the first time that we were shut out by "crowds". I guess we'll try again on Monday when we hope some of the crowds are gone. The weather doesn't look good though.

With few opportunities for photography during the day, I decided to go over to Agate Bay for some night shots of the harbor. I walked out on the breakwater. A lot of the clouds cleared from earlier in the day, but they were replaced by a haze from the high humidity and some fog along the lake surface. A surprise was the appearance of the Northern Lights from a strong geomagnetic storm on the sun. I didn't really notice it when I was taking the pictures because of the full moon and haze. When I started to process the images taken off to the north, I noticed some strange colors that didn't show up in other directions. I assumed them to be the Northern Lights after I read about the geomagnetic storm that caused the aurora to move far enough south to be visible in the northern Great Lakes region.

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