Gooseberry Falls State Park

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Gooseberry Falls from below

Today was our last day here but we decided to let the tent dry out before packing it.  We drove to Gooseberry Falls State Park to get in before the crowds got there.  I found a parking spot in the lot and we took off.  There were already tons of people out here climbing around the rocks.  Sure its fun to do, but there are always TONS of people around the falls so you can never get a good picture. 

 

We took the Falls Loop trail for a view my mom knew about.  It was a good view and a nice little walk.  After the trail I went up to the displays on the bridge and then hurried mom out of the gift shop.  I still had to do the geocaching here, which was down on the lake side of the park.  We parked near a picnic shelter and I realized it wasn’t a good time to geocache because so many people were out having picnics.

me admiring the falls
  I pretended I was interested in reading some signs while searching for one stage of my geocache because a family came down and were settling in to eat.  I hope I was sneaky enough.

 

Mom and I walked along Agate Beach, finding nothing, on our way to Picnic Flow.  This is a big lava flow that forms a point in the park that just happens to have a bunch of picnic tables on it.  The final geocache was out there, but not well hidden.  At least this time they had it chained to the log so it wouldn’t disappear.  After all that walking and watching other people eat, we decided it was time for a picnic. 

 

I pulled out my Coleman stove and mom made us grilled cheese.  Not your typical picnic food but it was great!  And super busy.  All the parking spots were full. 

 

After lunch we went back to our site, after stopping for one more geocache along the way.  We packed up the site and headed home. 
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Gooseberry Falls from below
Gooseberry Falls from below
me admiring the falls
me admiring the falls
the secret view from the Falls Loo…
the secret view from the Falls Lo…
Finally, no one is in my picture!
Finally, no one is in my picture!
view downstream to Lake Superior
view downstream to Lake Superior
Castle in the Sky - retaining wall…
Castle in the Sky - retaining wal…
Agate Beach
Agate Beach
Picnic area on Picnic Flow
Picnic area on Picnic Flow
tip of picnic flow
tip of picnic flow
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