I’m back with day two of our fall color road trip extravaganza!
We decided to wake up early to catch the sunrise since we were right on the lake. Due to iOS 10 problems, some of us woke up at 5:30 and some of us woke up at 6:30. You do not need to get up at 5:30 to catch the sunrise when it comes up at 7… Just in case you couldn’t figure that you on your own. 🙂 It was chilly but totally worth it for the experience and, who are we kidding, the photos.
Since we didn’t have time to stop on the way up north, we made a quick stop at Temperance River State Park. You will see signs right off the road (on the right if heading north) and there are lots on both sides of the highway to park. We only stayed for about 15 minutes so this can be a quick stop if you want it to be!
Funny story time. On the way up to Lutsen, we stopped at a gas station in Beaver Bay. Right next door was a little shop called Funky Fish Gifts. All we talked about after that point was stopping there on the way back. I mean, can you think of a better name for a store? Were the gifts all fish that were funky? Or, did a funky fish curate a bunch of cool stuff for the store? The possibilities were endless. We finally found it on the way back and it was CLOSED! We had to drown our sorrows in the Christmas store down the street. I actually bought a cool “hand-warmer” mug from the store. Instead of a handle, your hand fits into the mug to keep it warm. Genius! I can’t wait to try it out once it gets colder.
Once we got over our Funky Fish Gifts disappointment, we decided to head to Split Rock Lighthouse state park. We didn’t want to go up to the lighthouse itself, but instead decided to head down to the shore to see it from afar. There are a lot of little paths to wander along the shore so make sure to leave some time (30-45 mins) to explore here!
We were all full from our breakfast but we couldn’t pass Betty’s Pies and not stop. The place was hoppin’ around 1:30 when we got there so be prepared to wait or take your treats to go like us. I got raspberry peach pie for my dad and pumpkin for me. My pumpkin was down right amazing. Everyone else reported their slices were awesome as well so I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the flavors. I also picked up some pasties for my parents as a thanks for watching my dog. Seeing as he pooped in their house twice due to being sick, they definitely earned them!
We stopped for a late lunch at some place off the freeway that had slow service and unremarkable food so we just won’t mention that. 🙂
We squeezed all this in and made it back to Minneapolis by dinnertime! Definitely a great weekend road trip which could be extended by a couple days and be totally worth it!
If you want more detail or have more questions about our trip, leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!