Every once and awhile I just need to get out of dodge. One of my favorite escapes this summer was Temperance River State Park on Lake Superior, about a two hour drive from Ely. Our first visit this year took place in July, during the state government shutdown. The park was officially closed, but we were still able to access the beach from the road-side parking area.
Scott and Jack spent a long time exploring the tide pools
while I savored some quiet time on the bank in the shade:
Together again, we explored some of the trails (and stairs) around the falls of the Temperance River:
Before heading home, we took a short detour north to Tofte for a break at one of my favorite restaurants, the Coho Cafe.
Sitting on their deck with a glass of wine was the perfect way to end the day.
It was a lovely excursion. In fact, we had so much fun that we repeated the trip in August! I know we'll go back next summer, too. To see lots more pictures of the park, and to hear another adventure's perspective, please check out the posts by Melissa of ChinDeep. She's got links here and here.