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Gunflint Lake, Oh Canada! #Suzy’s70thSoiree

This past week has been BUSY. So much so, that finding time to write this post came and went several times. But it’s Sunday so that still counts for getting it up the week of…right?!

This week two major things happened:

1. My vibrant mom turned 70 and to celebrate my family and I rented a cabin on Gunflint lake. The half way point of the lake is the US/Canada border! Oh heyyyyy Canada! #Suzys70thSoiree

2. We rented our trailer on (think Air B and B but for RVs) for the first time!

You may be like wait, what?!

Let me explain. So last September Travis and I were absolutely intrigued by RVing but had zero experience. We found Outdoorsy and rented an RV in Zion!

Our rented RV! We flew out kids to Vegas and rented this and drove to Zion!

That’s what started this whole thing! We knew if we ever got one of our own we would put it up on Outdoorsy for rent when we weren’t using it. And business is BOOMING. It’s out again as we speak in Grand Portage and was in our garage for all of 12 hours between rentals! πŸ˜‚πŸ™Œ (Our listing can be found here if your curious – much more to come for the listing soon including staged professional pics we had taken last week!)

The original plan was for us to bring our trailer and park it on site at the cabin to have extra room for my mom’s birthday. But it was rented out. (We have since blocked the calendar so we actually get a chance to use it πŸ˜‰) So we all stayed in the cabin, which actually worked out just fine!

Teagan putting on a dance show for all of us!

Gunflint Lake is on the Gun Flint Trail in Minnesota. There is a gorgeous lodge there called Gunflint Lodge and it’s known for having so many activities for the kids. They have cabins for rent as well as areas to park trailers. You basically drive to Grand Marais on the coast of Lake superior and then head into the interior of Minnesota’s North Woods a hour. Once you arrive you are sitting in the US/Canada border. The other side of the lake is Canada! Its famous for the boundary waters and traveling via portaging AKA hiking from lake to lake with your canoe. Travis proposed to me up here and our wedding was up here also! It’s our happy place πŸ’•

We loved doing small hikes with the kids every day! Our absolute favorite was lonely lake! It’s trailhead is right from the lodge and takes you to an untouched pristine lake. #CousinSquad

On the way back from the overlook there are amazing views of Canada.

Our other favorite hiking spot was found by my brother in law! A nature center about 20 min away at the very end point of GunFlint Trail. My sister even spotted a baby black bear!

When we were not doing trails for the kids we enjoyed the beach and playground at the lodge! They also had great activities for the kids so Teagan and I did soap making! (Socially distant and outside). Teags made this soap! She added apple cider oil and even exfoliating oatmeal and cinnamon! That’s my girl!

We also had plenty of downtime too and made a 500 puzzle, baked, cooked over the fire, and the grandkids loved showering Nana in love all weekend.

The drive home was about 5.5 hours and we made it 9 haha. We adore the North Shore and had to stop at all our spots down highway 61 on the way home. First up was Grand Marais which I easily think is the cutest town in America. I mean just look at this place! MUST STOPS: JAVA MOOSE COFFEE AND SVEN AND OLES PIZZA! Grab your food to go and watch from the harbor as boats that look like pirate ships and sea planes land in front of you!

Then as you head south back towards the cities on 61 you have to stop at a waterfall – there are dozens! I love Cascade. 300 feet of a trail and your there – gorgeous falls! Of course I forgot my camera for this one.

Next up was Black Beach in Silver Bay, Mn. OH MY GOODNESS. This one was new to us and we will be back. Look at the water color?!

And finally we stopped just North of Duluth at Two Harbors. And now we know why they call it that! This walk out to the light house literally splits the harbor in two! Look at these huge boats!

After that we actually drove haha and made it home. The North Shore is an absolute gem of a place and we feel so grateful to get to live with in 5 hours of all of this! Thank you for joining T4 as we Trekked the GunFlint Trail and the North Shore of Lake Superior, MN!

Next up is our biggest trip of the year – stay tuned!


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