Grand Marais, MN is easily one of my favorite places to visit in the U.S.A. I have been traveling to Minnesota my whole life to visit extended family. It truly does feel like home away from home. My Aunt, who lives in Grand Marais, lives such an exotic lifestyle compared to what I'm used to. She utilizes solar power; collects rain water in barrels for watering her plants; has a green house; grows all of her own vegetables; hunts; taps maple trees for syrup; brings fresh cranberries to thanksgiving from the cranberry bogs around her house; chops wood during the summer to store up for the long, cold winter; and canoes on a regular basis. This is a stark contrast to plugging in the hose to use city water to water plants during hot summer days, flipping on the AC in May, wandering the grocery store for summer produce because the AC just feels so good, and drinking sweet tea like it's water's closest kin. While some of the things she does are more than possible where I live, it just wasn't the norm for my family growing up. Needless to say, I always enjoy learning from her when I visit and attempting to incorporate a few things when I return home.
All that to say, this beautiful harbor town brings out the outdoor adventurer in me. The crisp air and breeze off of Lake Superior is invigorating and inspiring. One of my favorite things to do on the harbor is skip rocks. If there has been anything that I have been trying to grow in lately, it is not multi-tasking and being in the moment. When skipping rocks, I'm just focusing on how many skips I can get. Nothing else. I'm not pondering emails, work, or even communication. Just the simple task at hand. It is rare to be so undistracted these days, and it was refreshing to relax and to unplug in one of my favorite places for several days.
I took a ton of pictures on our trip, so I want to share them in a few posts so your eyes don't glaze over. This first post is from our first day around the harbor. I hope you enjoy!