Off to the North Shore

A mini-trip within a bigger trip. With a free car and free weekend, I drove north from Minneapolis to visit the north shore of Lake Superior.

Frank Lloyd Wright gas station

Another Atlas Obscura tip on the way to the North Shore. The only gas station by Frank Lloyd Wright, though I’m tipped off that there’s a model of one in a museum in New York.

Looking out the viewing area inside the Frank Lloyd Wright gas station.
A photo of the front of the Frank Lloyd Wright gas station. There's gas pumps in the front and a tall sign reading 'BEST'.
A photo directly facing a workbench inside an automotive garage.

Jay Cooke State Park

Jay Cooke park stradles the St Louis river leading towards Duluth and Lake Superior. Bits of the shore were starting to ice up, but were a far way from being stable enough to stand on.

A long view across an icy river. There's dark rocky outcrops coming out of the river. The river is partially frozen with creamy patches of ice at the sides.

I walked for a couple hours along the riverbanks until hunger got the better of me and I moved on to Duluth and a tasty lunch in a diner.

A photo from behind of a park bench overlooking a snowy river.
A photo looking through some branches at an icy river.
A photo of a rocky and snowy path in a forest.
A panorama from the banks of an icy river. There's dark stones littering the riverbed and creamy ice in between.

Park Point

Nature reserve / beach / sanddune. Very cold and windy.

A photo from a grey beach looking along the shore.
A grassy field with some trees on the right hand side.

Two Harbors

A small sleepy town where I spent the night. Really nice local brewery.

A dark industrial pier in a bay. There's a small lighthouse in the distance.
A pier receding in to the distance with a lighthouse at the end.
A small lighthouse at the end of a pier is silhouette in front of a setting sun.