I remember very well my first trip to Minnesota to meet CD’s family, back in 1971. A couple of years later I traveled with them to meet relatives who lived in Grand Marais, a town on the North Shore of Lake Superior, some 110 miles northeast of Duluth. I was captivated by the natural beauty of this area, with its rugged, iron-rich, rocky shoreline, unbelievably-clear (and cold!) water, and the surrounding lovely, statuesque pine and hardwood forest. The town is situated adjacent to a small but magnificent rocky peninsula (Artist’s Point) that really captured my heart.
I’ve had numerous opportunities to return through the years, and I’ve always tried to take advantage of each one. Last weekend we were able to visit it again, for a small reunion with some of CD’s relatives, and I made sure to take the time to pay my respects to (as the locals call it) The Point a couple more times.
We also had a picnic in the Municipal Park adjacent to Grand Marais Harbour and were treated to the appearance of a superb local sailing vessel, the Hjørdis, as a gentle mist began to rise from the water. Truly the stuff of dreams.