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Welcome to Canada

9:29:00 AM Andrea Ryan 7 Comments

Driving into Canada

down river at Kakabeka Falls

Marina at Thunder Bay

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Pukaskwa National Park

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          Getting back to blog posts from my summer road trip, our next stop was Canada.  We drove over the border from Minnesota, into Ontario.  The first thing we saw was this beautiful field of yellow flowers, surrounded by mountains.   After that, we visited Kakabeka Falls.  It is a huge, horseshoe shaped waterfall.  Somehow, I didn't manage to get any picture of the front of the falls.  I guess I was just in awe and forgot, lol.  Next, we ate dinner at a Thai restaurant in Thunder Bay.  We walked along the marina, where there was a festival going on with live music.  It was really interesting to see a summer festival in another country because it was actually pretty chilly but it was a typical summer day for them.  I don't think I could stand living in Canada because it's way too cold for me.  It's fun to visit though.  That was my fourth time to Canaday, and it's always different whenever I go.  

          We visit three major parks in Canada.  Two of them are in this post.  The first one was Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.  There are huge cliffs that shoot out over lake Superior.  We didn't realize that the main trail was a full day hike, though.  We didn't get to do any super long trails because we didn't have the necessary hiking gear or time.  There is this amazing platform that you can walk out on, that hangs out over the cliff.  It's somewhere around 300 ft. up.  I don't remember exactly how tall it is.  It was actually really scary!  The last spot in this post is Pukaskwa National Park.  It was so beautiful there! There are so many fun trails with cliffs and rocks to climb on.  The water is really blue and clear too.  I'll include more from that park in my next post.  


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Souvenir Shorts

11:17:00 AM Andrea Ryan 15 Comments

SHORTS: Boutique in Michigan
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SUNGLASSES: River Island
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          I'm taking a little break from travel posts to show you these adorable shorts.  I found them in a boutique on vacation, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  I've been wanting some shorts that are this style all summer.  I love choosing souvenirs that you can actually make use of.  Clothing and accessories are some of my favorite souvenir items because every time you wear them, you think about the place you went.  I would normally wear this with a white top, but I liked the mixed prints look with this floral top.  


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Discovering Minnesotta's Coast

11:37:00 PM Andrea Ryan 2 Comments

Big Manitou Falls, Pattison State Park, WI (tallest waterfall in Wisconsin)

Lighthouse at Two Harbors, MN

Gooseberry Falls State Park, MN

Split Rock Lighthouse

Grand Marais, MN

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          I don't think it's possible for me to choose my favorite place on this trip.  We visited so many amazing spots.  This post is about more of Minnesota, north of Duluth.  We stopped at a bunch of parks and saw tons of water falls.  
          The first place in this post is Pattison State Park.  Big Manitou Falls is the highest waterfall in Wisconsin.  I didn't expect any of these waterfall to be near as big as they are.  It really surprised me how huge they are because I didn't do a ton of research before we left.   I only looked at a few pictures and everything looks less impressive in pictures.  The next spot is Two Harbors, MN.  The coast us there is so rocky and interesting.  It reminds me so much of the Pacific Northwest tide pools.  The only thing missing is the marine life.  Check out my post from there and see for yourself, HERE.  The third place in this post is Gooseberry State Park.  Gooseberry Falls is a massive waterfall that is spread throughout different levels.  You can walk out on it and swim in all of the little waterfalls.  It was really amazing.  It flows straight into Lake Superior.  Next is Split Rock Lighthouse, which is my new favorite lighthouse (and I've seen a lot).  It's just one of those perfect, stereotypical lighthouses that looks like it is straight out of a movie.  It could be located anywhere in the world, you just wouldn't expect to see something like that on the Great Lakes.  Lastly, Grand Marais, MN is another one of those small towns with a bunch of shops and restaurants, right on the water.  We ate fresh fish at one of the restaurants and it was amazing.  We also did some exploring on the rocks.  


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The 4th in Apostle Islands

10:51:00 AM Andrea Ryan 8 Comments

Bayfield, Wisconsin

A Bald Eagle on the 4th of July!

Boat tour of the Apostle Islands 

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          I know the 4th of July was two weeks ago, but I am just now blogging about it because of lack of internet and other posts that had to go up first.  I spent my Independence day in a few different places while on vacation.  During the day I was in Bayfield, Wisconsin, where I did some shopping, and eating.  The town is really cute and has a lot to offer.  In the morning, I took a boat tour around the Apostle Islands.  Later on in the evening I went to Duluth, Minnesota to see fireworks (the largest fireworks show in Minnesota).  I wore this new romper from H&M.  I love the print because it's floral.  I can't pass up a good floral print.  
          Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a huge chain of Islands in Lake Superior.  They are much larger than they look on a map and cover a huge area.  There are 22 islands total.  The boat ride was amazing because we got to see a lot of the islands, and pull right up to the sea caves on Devil's Island.  We were also able to see some bald eagles soaring over the trees.  Many of the islands have tons on black bear living on them.  I was hoping to get to see one, but we didn't.  The captain told us that they have found bear cubs sleeping in bald eagle's nests!
          Duluth is where we watched fireworks.  I wasn't sure what to expect from this city because I hadn't heard much about it.  I must admit, I wasn't very fond of the overall feeling from the city.  It was very old, dirty, and rundown.  I did really enjoy the waterfront area though.  I also saw one of the most impressive fireworks displays I had ever seen, maybe even better than Chicago's.

Sorry, some of these pictures are fuzzy because my lens was dirty and I didn't realize it.  


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