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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Nearly 48 hours of rain made us and all our gear wet and somewhat less than cheerful, but it made the rivers of the North Shore of Lake Superior spectacular. It was hard to choose only a few pictures to show you, but these are the ones I selected. The one above is the Twin Falls on the Baptism River. Very scenic, but the Baptism River kept the trail at arm's length.
The next day we reached the Split Rock River. It was my favorite. There were cliffs, and rock formations, whitewater, and flat water. We ate our lunch on a rock projecting into the river. But I chose to show you this foam "pill" that the currents had formed in an eddy. It was about two feet across! The picture below is the opposite shore from where we ate lunch. I like the blocky cliffs and the vertical trees. Just outside the picture the water was white and roiling. Recall that the story about the merganser ducks riding the rapids was on the Split Rock River.
A couple of days later we reached the Gooseberry River. It can be just as wild as the first two, but it had now been several days since the rain, so it was calmer again. On this day it was a river with places one could play and explore. This boy was enjoying the day with his family, and who can resist rocks and water on a warm day?
I think tomorrow I'll share some fun closeup details from the hike. Then maybe it will be time to bring the posts back closer to home!
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