Last stop on our way home was Gooseberry Falls State Park where the falls area is just a short hop and skip from the parking lot.
Stopped in Grand Marais to have lunch and a few brewskis at Voyageur Brewing Company and then out for a stroll out at Artists’ Point!
On our way back home, we made a few stops along the Minnesota North Shore. Devil’s Kettle Falls is located in the Judge C. R. Magney State Park and about an hour round-trip hike to the falls area from the parking lot. My car’s battery also crapped out on us during this stop too.
They weren’t kidding about it being spectacular. I didn’t count to see if there were over 5,000 jack-o-lanterns, but there enough of different sizes and designs to keep people of all ages entertained. This was the 2nd year they had this Jack-o-lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo and for my first time there, I was very impressed!
It was a beautiful, sunny day and I figured since I haven’t been to the Minnesota Zoo since moving to the Twin Cities that I would go spend part of the day there with the girlfriend!
After a long “4th of July” weekend, it all ended with a calm, relaxing Independence Day.
The last time I was at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, 2 of my friends who were with us that day were not married yet. That was around 2010 I think. It certainly has been awhile since then!