Had another shoot up in Duluth. This time an overnight stay was included. So I brought the family along. Then we just stayed the rest of the weekend at Blake's.
As soon as we both returned home earlier in the week we had to get our attic prepped. We were getting all the knob and tube replaced so insulation could go in.
The kids wanted to go swimming, but Brooke had other plans and I had to take some twilight photos.
We met back up with Scott and then with Blake. We thought about staying another night at the hotel but with the Canal Park prices it was an easy no.
We walked down the hill to downtown for some Wasabi Sushi.
You know we love our all-you-can-eat places when we are in Duluth.
I guess Theo still had energy even after all the walking we did today.
Then back up the hill we went.
We got back and hiked further up the hill to Blake's favorite park.
The kids will choose a playground over pretty much anything.
Before we could head back home Theo needed to empty out the sand in his shoes.
The next morning Blake's Bed and Breakfast had strawberry pancakes for breakfast.
After breakfast we walked to the Great Lakes Aquarium.
Blake's house is in a great location.
Except when you have to hike back up the hill.
And we were there.
Blake had free admission with a guest and we hadn't been here in awhile so it seemed like a fun thing to do.
I wanted to get a picture with the moose.
Then the whole family joined me.
It's not very often we get a photo of the 4 of us.
Too bad this kid wasn't born in the 90's. He loves playing with phones.
Wood paneling, with wood cabinets and wood floor? Maybe.
The kids couldn't get enough of the Great Lakes water table.
It's been so long since we've been to the Children's Museum.
This was much less crowded.
For awhile the kids had the place to their selves.
We spent more time here than looking at the fish and other sea creatures.
The new exhibit about global warmings effect on water throughout the world was informative, but sad.
The sturgeon area was new since we were here last.
We ran back upstairs so Theo could touch a jellyfish.
Back home we played in Blake's back yard. Well, one of them.
You'd think we were done for the day, but we were promised waterfall swimming in Lester Park.
It seemed like summer just started and swim time hasn't yet.
I can't believe Blake never took us here before.
Everyone jumped in. I just chilled on the rocky shore.
If we come here again I'm bringing water shoes. I cut my foot on a rock while carrying Theo.
Blake and I swam out to the waterfall while the kids played near the shore. I was expecting the water to be freezing but it wasn't bad at all.
Eventually I went in the water with my love's help. TBH I was a bit nervous about swimming by the waterfall.
We decided to get pizza at Sammy's. You can guess that we walked there.
This place was good and the staff is awesome.
Our day wasn't over yet. We walked down the hill again to play arcade games at Incline Station. Meadow somehow won 1500 tickets. With the winning tickets Meadow got a cheer-leading set and Theo got some construction cars.
Theo and Scott raced snowmobiles too.
Once we saw how empty the lanes were we figured we would get a game of bowling in too.
This weekend was never ending, in a good way. The next morning we got breakfast at Superior Waffles.
Before leaving Brooke wanted to hike Ely's Peak in summer. We'd only ever hiked up in the early Spring.
You mean middle of winter when Meadow was a baby and we made Blake carry her because we didn't trust ourselves.
I guess you're right. Ha. I'm getting old.
Hey, I chose a trail that didn't include a waterfall or hiking club.
That's in fact a minor miracle.
Almost to the top.
We made it! No carrying any kids this time.
It's amazing the wilderness you find within Duluth's city limits or in this case just outside of it.
Theo got a little kids "survival" kit at Tettegouche that included binoculars.
He's been using it nonstop all weekend.
We had to check out the "cave."
This keeps popping up on my Facebook for "only in your state" ads.
More rock climbing for this kid.
On the way home Meadow made virtual versions of the four of us. Not bad.
They also removed all the knob and tube on the 3rd floor. Not much old wiring is left on the top two floors at this point.