As I was checking in the ranger told me that the campsite I'd reserved was the prettiest they had. I was excited about this because I'd actually tried to reserve a different one only to find out it had already been taken. When I got to the site I didn't unpack but instead headed down a few little paths that led me right out to the cliffs over looking the lake. Oh, so amazing. I praised God for my 'home'.
One path led me to this beautiful little bench, just for my campsite. The view from the bench is the lake one way, and the lighthouse and island the other.
The ranger warned me to keep my food in the provided bear-proof locker, not because of bears but because of the over-friendly chipmunks and squirrels in the area! Ha! She warned me not to keep any food in my tent whatsoever so as I was unpacking my cart I quickly stuck everything in and locked the door.
It turned out her warning was not overly exagerrated but the varmints were even friendlier then she communicated. My first night sleep was continuously interrupted by the scratch of little feet under my tent floor and all around me! Talk about disconcerting! I was constantly thumping the floor, trying to scare them off. It seems all my camping neighbors had brought their dogs with them so the whole of the rodent population was focused on my tent. They finally let up about 5, when we experienced a short rain shower. I finally got a couple hours of sleep.
On Monday, I headed out to explore the Superior Hiking Trail. There was a connecting trail a few miles from my campsite. The SHT, for those of you not familiar with it, currently runs over 235 miles from the Canadian border to Two Harbors, MN. When it's completed it will be more then 300 miles long and will be a segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail running from New York to North Dakota. Awesome! It was everything I had hoped. So much like Colorado, only without the spectacular peaks.
There's a rock formation several miles in that looks like a rock split in two. It's unknown if this is why the area was named split rock but I took a picture of it anyway. I also had a lovely foot spa at around the halfway point. It's the best spa I've ever been to!
Along the way, I met a little friend. He sat very still so I could get his picture for my boys.
I hiked about six miles of the SHT then headed to Gooseberry State Park, a few miles away. I took some lovely pictures there and splashed in the lake a bit. Such a lovely, wonderful day!