Jay Cooke State Park

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swinging bridge

We drove through Duluth without spending any time there and went to Jay Cooke State Park just south of Duluth.  This park is on the St. Louis River and has lots of fun, tilted rocks.  We stopped at the Visitor Center to walk over the swinging bridge, and boy did it swing!  The views of the St. Louis River and those tilted rocks were incredible.

 

We drove up to the picnic area to start the geocaching (why do they always go through the picnic areas?).  The clue to the next stage was a puzzle where we had to find the missing digits.  It was fun so I dragged mom along.   I couldn’t find the clue at the 3rd stage so instead we climbed the steps to the overlook.  The view wasn’t great so we went back down to look again.  I noticed a funny notch in a log at the base of the steps, and sure enough, there was the next clue!  And guess what?  It led right back up the steps to the overlook and about 30 feet farther from where we stopped. 

 

On the way back, mom found some Showy Lady Slippers, the Minnesota State Flower.  We hiked on back and made our way home – we still had a few hours to go.
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swinging bridge
swinging bridge
view downstream from swinging brid…
view downstream from swinging bri…
view upstream from swinging bridge
view upstream from swinging bridge
swinging bridge again
swinging bridge again
view from overlook
view from overlook
Showy Lady Slippers - Minnesotas …
Showy Lady Slippers - Minnesota's…
view from another overlook
view from another overlook
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