Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Judge C.R. Magney State Park

Judge C.R. Magney State Park is located 14 miles north of Grand Marais, MN on Highway 61. When I plan a vacation I try to also pick a place where Rocketman can take pictures which a passion of his. We left Grand Marais to arrive at the park when it opened which was 9 am. It was $5.00 a car to enter the park.
We were going to walk the Devil's Kettle Trail. It was 1 mile and took us about an hour with lots of stops for photos.
Paper birch are one of my absolute favorite trees because I find the bark so intriguing. You can find a lot of paper birches up the North Shore.

                                     It was so beautiful and it wasn't quite peak Fall colors.

                                               I had never heard of this before.
Oh my, the mushrooms we saw. I had no idea mushrooms could be so beautiful. I have no idea what kind this is.

                                       This paper birch trunk looked like a painting to me.

                                                    Mushrooms growing on a tree trunk.
                                                      Watch your step while hiking.
                           We had read online that there were quite a few steps and there were.

        The steps were easy going down but going up was brutal. There were many, many steps.

                                   I found myself taking pictures of Rocketman taking pictures.
Devil's Kettle. They say the left side of the falls goes into a hole and they have never discovered where that water goes.

                               We kept walking beyond the falls and found a beautiful area.

On our way back, we found a guy fly-fishing. When we started around 9 am there were only a couple cars in the parking lot. But as we made our way back, we passed lots of people. The parking lot was pretty full upon our return.
                                                We saw this cutie on the way back.
                  Here are more pictures of the house the had their front yard filled with cairns.

                                                               The entire front yard is filled.

I also made a video which is upstream from the falls. It was so peaceful.

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