Saturday was our anniversary. We needed to pick up some school shoes and a load of material from the lumberyard in Duluth, so we made a date of it.
Duluth is our nearest & dearest city. I love Canal Park, Glensheen Mansion, the architecture, the rock and creeks and hillside. And I love
We decided to head to Enger Park & see the Enger Tower up close for the first time.
It was busy when we got there, with wedding parties having their photos taken & crowds of rather noisy people. We aren't typically Saturday sightseers, so we almost turned around at the parking lot and left.
But we had stopped for an early dinner first, and I figured all of these people would be leaving for dinner soon. We fled to the adjoining Superior Hiking Trail for a little while, where we didn't see a single person. And by the time we were back to the park it had cleared out significantly.
We ended up approaching the tower from an alternative path all to ourselves.
An enchanting one, too, I thought.
Dedicated in 1939 by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway, the five story stone tower stands on top of the hillside overlooking the Duluth Harbor and St. Louis
Bay some 500+ feet above the level of Lake Superior.
It was a gloomy, moody weather day, heavily overcast & foggy on top of the hill. I was worried we wouldn't be able to see anything from the tower, but visibility was fair below.
The tower offered varying views from it's windows; harbor, city, industrial, countryside.
Duluth is famous for it's Aerial Lift Bridge (above.) The bridge spans the Duluth Ship Canal, which was put through the thin, long sand spit named Minnesota Point (commonly referred to as Park Point by locals.)
Park Point is approximately 7 miles in length, and when included with
adjacent Wisconsin Point, which extends 3 miles out from the city of
Superior, Wisconsin, is reported to be the largest freshwater sand spit
in the world at a total of 10 miles. (wikipedia)
Later we randomly decided to cross the bridge and drive out to Park Point.
But first we explored Enger Park with less people. It was lovely.
Passing through a crowded & bustling Canal Park, we headed out to Park Point.
Here we found respite from the crowds!
It was windy out on the point, Lake Superior was loud & crashing, how I like it best.
We watched some kite surfers, took some pictures, walked the beach a bit.
Then we were off to finish our errands and return home to our kiddos for the night.
It was a great way to spend an impromptu sort of day.
Our wedding day, seventeen years later.
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