As you could probably tell from yesterday's post- I needed to get the hell out of Dodge. And I was not disappointed with my day from beginning to end. It was sunny, even if cold. I was properly dressed, I had the right amount of cameras with me- that would be 3. We had good traffic, and I think I only blew by 1 or 2 slow drivers! We chose the exact right trip, at the exact right times in the exact right places to avoid crowds and clutter and snow (it is snowing today) and we got the seats we wanted at the coffee shop and the cafe!
Yesterday's adventure began with me scooping up the Mad-English teacher, my partner in all things travel north and photo taking! And turns out to be alternate driver extraordinaire, because I needed the help. COULD I have driven all over (except not over the ice road)?? Yes. Was I happier to be resting the elbow that I said I would not complain about, and for the most part did not until we were driving home? OH MY GOSH yes. But we are not complaining, so.... I can NOT thank him enough for having mercy on my soul- or at least my- um, never mind. You get the idea. :)
|There is a story to this...... Lol another time|
|View of the side of the falls|
We headed north and our first stop was Copper Falls State Park. By the time I got there I was giddy with excitement. We drove into the very familiar driveway to me, except everything looks sooo different in the snow. And somehow we ended up in a place that eventually made sense to me, but the MET, who had only been there once, seemed to know right what we were doing. Of course paths led to where we needed, but there have been more than one time I drove or walked the wrong direction. And there was no cell service. Lol. If you ever go somewhere new with me, be prepared to be the person to tell me what to do! HAHAHA I am no longer embarrassed by this! It is my way of perceiving things and that is the way it is. Thank heaven for my map functions on my phone! But that is another story.
|Part of the river bed|
Copper Falls was COLD, y'all. SO VERY COLD. 0 in the sun- way colder in the shadows of those evergreens. But it was still beautiful and breathtaking. The falls are frozen and covered with snow, so you can't see them super well. We were there a smidge too late for the good warm morning light, but that is ok. The trip there was worth it. We strapped on our Yaktrax and I had a snowshoe pole (I forgot mine on the kitchen table. **eyeroll** But we only really needed one) It was a great hike and up and down hills and it felt so damn good to get outside and in my element. So that was awesome, and then I was STARVING.
|Buying ALL THE BREAD!!!|
Gulp down a banana and a piece of dark chocolate and we set our sights on Bayfield. We, of course, drove through Ashland, which was fetchingly beautiful. We reiterated that we probably would have come up and partied for the Book Across the Bay, but in reality would NOT have done it since it was a negative double digit windchill. We may be crazy, but we are not stupid! (My apologies to anyone who did the BATB) After making ourselves feel better about THAT subject, onto the north we went.
First quick stop was round one of Coco's to pick up bread. We have a littttttle problem with the Cheddar Potato bread and the Rosemary asaigo bread and their SOURDOUGH, so we always get it fresh on the way through so it isn't gone when we get back. We may have pressed our noses against the dessert case and left some drool marks, but that could all be a vicious rumor, too. Then we headed up to the bestest little coffee shop ever- the Big Water Coffee Roasters coffee shop where I literally raised my hands in the air as I walked in and exclaimed a big old YAY I"M HERE!!! I did and I am not ashamed and the baristas were amused! We had the last 2 blueberry scones of awesomeness and some coffee/hotchocolate and sat by the window and watched the world go by- and probably posted stuff on twitter and facebook. Had we been there 2 hours earlier, it would have been packed. So yeah, perfect timing.
|Latte and scone in the sun|
|Our favorite spot to sit! We missed you Laurie!|
So my nervous excitement was about to come to a fever pitch as the MET took over the wheel and drove ourselves to Madeline Island. The thought of driving over there when we take the ferry all summer still freaks me out. And LAKE SUPERIOR! I can't help it and I do not know if I will ever drive it myself. Maybe. FREAKY clear ice, little snow cover but it was a gorgeous day. We headed to the Parks, because I had been clued in about this from photos my FaceBook friend, Linda, had been posting online. It did not disappoint!
|Canoes and kayaks in repose|
|Love the starkness of this|
|Big Bay Town Park- beach|
NEVER saw anything like it before. I was stunned. It was SO windy at times, and just biting cold when one has on one's flip top mitten/gloves and one takes so many pictures that the fingers don't get a chance to warm up. THAT did not keep us from walking on the ice chunks a good long way down the beach. The elbows NEVER entered my head- for good or for bad. LOL. In other words, I was walking around on all that slippery without the cleats and mostly paid little attention in my excitement. Until I turned around to go back and then there were all these oh shit moments. This is pretty typical for the Mad Art Teacher! Part of my charm, ya know?
|Blue shelf Ice|
|English teacher in his element|
|Big Bay State Park|
|Like a puzzle of ice|
Again, amazing photos, a great little walk, recharge our selves with a piece of chocolate and off we drove down the Island to the Ice road and over again.....
|Bayfield from the frozen lake|
|I could eat this for lunch almost every day! YAY FOR COCO'S!|
|Still bundled up from the day! And so tired|
AND I sent some pix into Channel 9 and after a 5 week hiatus I had a pic on the weather again last night! YAY!! What a nice way to end the day.
|clinging to the overlook at Copper Falls|
|More ice road ice! eeek|
|SEESTER ROSE!!! We walked on this beach- right here!!!!|