I took the kids out to Grant’s trail for a quick evening ride. Corvin got some time on the 36″ unicycle. We had a great time!
We took the kids out of school and invited some SLU students to come out to Waterfall to enjoy the event with us. It was away from civilization and promised to have a decent view. Our property was in the path of the totality, making it a perfect viewing spot! We decided to spend the night before at the property and had a few others join us.
We put up a slack line in the only place we had available and made the most of it. I even got my mom up on it.
The eclipse was going to start after lunch, so we all hung around in the shade eating way too much lunch and snacks!
Here is what the eclipse festivities looked like getting ready.
And a few leading up to the eclipse, with a filter on the camera of course…
My favorite photos came during the totality. For about 60 seconds, you could uncover your eyes and get a glimpse directly at the sun. The most important thing was not to wait too long before looking away, cause it ended quick!
And finally if you’re still reading, stop and watch a video of the madness. Its stop motion for the hour leading up to the eclipse. Unfortunately the battery died before it started.
On the way home from our vacation in Boundary Waters, we decided to stop for a half day at “House On The Rock“. I’ve heard about it many times and about how good it is. My feelings are different. It wans’t the worst way to waste away the day, but it is far from a must see. The house on the rock was probably very impressive before all of the trees in the area grew up and obscured the feat it was to build it.
All that being said, the house and visitor’s center wasn’t the centerpiece of the place. The house, was mostly open air, so it smelled musty and was cold, this was unexpected! But the junk collection portion (buildings after the house) were interesting. Look through some of the photos below and make your own judgement. I don’t have any desire to go back.
If you don’t like red carpet, DON’t GO!!! 2/3 of the surfaces in this place are red carpet.
Our family vacation this year was a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). I was last there in 1992 just before my sister Hannah was born and I was eager to return with my family. We started our trip with a scenic drive. I started by taking the kids on the Golden Eagle Ferry in St. Louis over the Mississippi river.
I decided to try taking the road from the ferry north for a scenic drive. Little did I know that the road was extra narrow and had many hairpin turns. I was driving under the speed limit for safety and to keep the family from getting car sick.
We made the drive over two days to get a head start on the drive. By day two, is starts to be a chore and people get inventive. Sonora did a craft project and Corvin found ways to block the sun so he could read. Most of the drive, we listened to the audio book, The Scorch Trials by James Dashner.
On the second day, we got to Ely, MN just after lunch and checked in at Cliff Wold’s outfitters. There we got the scoop on our trip and found out our accommodations for the night. On the drive out to check out the cabin, I found a sign that I misread, so I fixed it…
Eventually we had dinner and went back to our cabin. Sleep didn’t come easy as the mosquitos didn’t want us to sleep. And maybe we were all excited. But when the morning came in, we all got ready in a hurry and waited for the shuttle to come and pick us up.
Somewhere around here, we made camp for the night at a fantastic site on a huge rock overlooking the lake with its own beach. There are a bunch of memories from this campsite but a few really stick out. There were not many choices of where to hang our food bag as the fire didn’t leave many tall trees. What we found wasn’t great, but would work for the night. At some point in the night, I woke up to lights, but couldn’t place them as there is no electricity and nobody else around. Danelle woke up around the same time and we ended up going outside. There, we realized it was lightning to the north of us. I was a little concerned as we were out a bit on a point, but decided to sleep anyway.
Sometime later we hear a strange snapping sound. Worried about a bear attacking our food, we shined a light out and spotted the food bag. Everything seemed in place and we finally gave up and went back to sleep. We woke up the next morning to realize one of our tent poles had snapped. We ended up duct taping a splint on the broken pole for the rest of the trip.