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Brandon made a short visit home two weeks ago. He stayed at his mom’s one night so he could see the puppies.
The next afternoon Brandon, Kaley, Austin and Jeff played disc golf (it was Kaley’s first time) and then we had dinner together before Brandon and Kaley spent the evening dancing.
After enjoying the morning hiking around Gooseberry Falls, we headed back to Duluth, picked up Brandon and went to Canal Park for the afternoon. It’s a great place to look at the boats and ships, eat, shop and people watch.
Watching the activity on the water.
Canal Park is famous for the Lift Bridge. We arrived in time for the raising of the bridge to let a large ore ship out to the open water of Lake Superior.
Aren’t we a cute couple. I wonder how many pictures we have like this from other years with the Lift Bridge in the background?
Our college kid in his new town.
Our beautiful daughter overlooking the beautiful City of Duluth.
Ellie enjoying the ride. It won’t be too much longer that Daddy will be able to carry her.
Throwing rocks in the lake.
Jeff giving advice for picking out the perfect skipping rock.
The men hanging out (as shot from the hip).
Another photograph shot from the hip, but I still like the line of her body.
Love her cute feet.
Ellie had a blast feeding and chasing the gulls.
Gooseberry Falls is a favorite stop among Minnesotans. As it’s name implies there are waterfalls. There are also lots of rock to climb over as you cross the river, trails to hike and just places to sit and enjoy the beauty.
After our dinner with Brandon in Duluth the night before we headed north into Two Harbors to our hotel and some swimming. Gooseberry was only a short drive away the next morning.
After a month at college it was time for a visit to check up on our oldest. Brandon is a freshman at the University of Minnesota Duluth. From all signs he is loving the college life. But it’s good to let him know we still miss him.
Ellie wanted this car. After all what little girl doesn’t like “Hello Kitty”?! Not sure what someone of driving age would want with a car like this.
Anna checking out a college classroom and getting a view of things to come.
Brandon showing us one of his lecture halls.
I think Jeff really likes the bulldogs!
On campus with my girls.
After our tour of campus we treated Brandon and the family to a special dinner at the restaurant at the top of the Radisson Hotel downtown. With windows all around the revolving floor takes you on a slow tour of both the town and the harbor areas.
As I mentioned we were at a revolving restaurant so it makes the following incident even more incredible. Just as we were completing our meal, Jeff gets up and starts talking to this group of people. I finally recognized Jeff’s Uncle LaVerne. It turns out they had been visiting along the North Shore hoping to see some fall colors (unfortunately there wasn’t much yet). They live in southern Minnesota. They had no idea we were in Duluth either. It was nice to say “hi” to family. We also find out later that a different cousin and her family were actually staying that that hotel over the same weekend.