Yes. You read that right. It’s French for The Star of the North and it’s Minnesota’s motto.
This was my second time in Minnesota. This time, I stayed a lot longer and we traveled around a bit. First, we toured Minneapolis. Then we went all the way to Voyageurs National Park (photos coming soon) then Duluth. After that, we went back down to MSP mostly on the Wisconsin side. Great trip full of discoveries.
Now, about Duluth. We didn’t stay for very long. We got there pretty late and had to find dinner. After eating very mediocre food, we went back to the hotel only to find out that I had a tick on my leg from hiking in Voyageurs. Needless to say, I kind of freaked out and needed to get that guy out as soon as possible. My girlfriend took it out like a pro. 🙂
I woke up early for no reason and looked out the window. It was about 5 a.m. and I witnessed the best sunrise I’d seen in a long time. That’s saying something because I’m up for sunrise almost every day. I put a t-shirt and some pants on and went to the pier. From there, I saw the two lighthouses and a ship coming in. Truly breathtaking. It also helped me understand the mechanism of the Aerial Lift Bridge. Just notice how the bottom part moves up in the pictures. The guy who operates it is in that little cabin in the middle. Brilliant!
The big red ship in the pictures, Federal Rhine, is coming into the Duluth Harbor Basin from Lake Superior. You can learn about the ship and its whereabouts here. Also, a local, Dennis O’Hara, posted a video of the ship coming in that day from the other side of the gate. He seems to have quite a few pretty cool videos on his Youtube.
The photographs from the trip are not in order because these are definitely some of my favorite ones and couldn’t wait to share them with you: