Explorations on the North Shore.

Day two held a jam packed day. Unfortunately it also started a smidge earlier for me than I really wanted to. The cabin next to ours is being rebuilt… Construction! Well I guess you cant get rid of it completely. But we sure tried.

I got ready and headed down to the rocks for a morning spin session with “Flash” my pink and yellow hoop. It was a challenge to properly hoop on such bumpy and rocky terrain, I managed and was overall pretty pleased. Time to hit the road!

Today we went north up the shore. We stopped at Palisadehead and got some really amazing shots. I brought out my hoop for some globe hoopin and BEn took some exciting shots. One thing I should note. Palisadehead is a pretty severe drop, and can be super treacherous. Caution. A lady up there asked if we were shooting an ad for something. I thought that was pretty cool. Since the iPhone switch to ios 7, I now can do panoramic photos, I couldn’t remember how to do them before- so I took a couple neat ones at the highest part of palisadehead. Apparently wordpress doesnt like panoramic… so I will have to figure out another way to share my sweet pics.


We drove around some more, stopped at a couple cool side stops, Silver Bay Marina and I worked on a quick sketch while Ben did some field recordings. IMG_0690  A quick stop at Betty’s Pies for a light lunch and a slice of pie- I had the 5 butterscotch pie. Highly recommended. It is also huge, so take some home with you.

We made a quick run to a local yarn shop, because destination yarns are always a must. I picked up some new fiber, this time I got some art batts, The one I am working on has tussah silk, silk noils, and wool wool wool and its lovely. It reminds me I don’t always have to stress about my yarn being so damn constant in size. I am making it, I made the rules. This skein is turning out to have some nice lumpy bumpies- and it looks just like Noro. And everyone loves Noro. IMG_0713


A little trip down by Knife River brought me this little drawing, a little sketch on 4×5 paper. Its always nice to do a quick drawing to remind you of the moment. Nothing fancy, just a sketch. IMG_0707

The evening concluded with a pretty sad attempt to make a fire in the dark, with pretty wet wood. Not recommended, at all. Grilled Cheese sams and tomato soup, sounds pretty awesome right? I burnt my first GC on the sandwich maker- because hey, even though you have a full kitchen, you are “roughing it” to some degree right? And instead of trying to salvage my blackened sandwich from a life in the fire, I gave up, it was beyond help. I ran back up, and gathered the goods to make sandwich number 2. I am now beginning to appreciate the large quantity of cheese we purchased. Still dinner was good, I cant complain too much about that, but it still wasn’t home. Our marshmallows were consumed raw with chocolate until we really started to get the fire going at a nice warmth, and we decided to give up and call it a night. It wasn’t even 9. Fresh air does that to you. Tomorrow is another day, another journey, Duluth this time. Hoping to find a boat docking, or some amazing photo opportunity.

The beginnings of a mini trip.

A trip to relax, a trip to refresh. A trip to clear my mind for a few days. This was our second trip to Stonegate on Superior. A quiet cabin surrounding right on the water. How much better can that get? At this point I am not sure- but its pretty fabulous. We left this morning and although it was drizzly and rainy, the colors were very nice and it was a pretty pleasant drive. I was hoping to hit a destination yarn shoppe, because who doesn’t like to hit random shoppes they don’t have back home? One problem… I am spoiled with most stores being open on SUNDAY! Sadly we did not hit any stores I was hoping to. Maybe on the way home? IMG_0678

Stonegate on Superior is lovely. We got a nice two bedroom cabin that is just a stones throw from the rocks and waves. I brought Opal (my wheel) up and have already picked out a spot for us to spin in the morning. My first project is from Beesybee Fibers, and I am working on her Fall SAL. The theme was Sleepy Hollow. I did her summer and spring one and I loved both of those so much I knew I would enjoy this one as well. I have two 4oz in BFL that are dying to be spin to yarn and put around someone’s neck for winter!

Since we got in late, we did a little unpacking and then after I took a mini nap, we headed out to the local Shopko and dinner. Ok, for those who know me well, know I LOVE Shopko. For those who don’t, I LOVE SHOPKO. Probably because we do not have one where I live. I have found skirts for $3 and tons of other really great deals all at Shopko. Again, my city brain was thinking.. they don’t stay open till all hours like back home. They close at 6. No Shopko trip today. We did have a really nice dinner at Vanilla Bean Cafe- and took home a fantastic dessert, a turtle lava cake. I have to learn how to make such a thing because MAN! It was yum.



Played a little cribbage, I always have to relearn how to play, and then took some relaxing time by spinning by the open windows to hear the waves crashing.

I finished my scarf! Just in time for my vacation. I even put tassels on it. I always feel very accomplished when I work on a piece and have nothing left but tiny scraps. I started a hat as well in the car ride up and although the yarn is bulky and I am using a big hook, my hand cramps up when I work on it, so I can only do so much at a time. Its Malabrigo Rasta, so its super chunky, and the colorway on it is pretty fantastic as well.