Throwback Thursday: Great River Bluffs State Park

Last summer my boyfriend and I had a lovely adventure to Great River Bluffs State Park.









The trails were pretty easy, and a lot of it was shaded which was nice. The weather was gorgeous and the views were absolutely stunning.

One helpful tip! Check yourself for spiders before you leave the park! Because there may be a chance that you will have one crawling all over you and then your boyfriend will have to smash it with an almost full cup of coffee while you’re driving so that you don’t panic and drive off the road. (WHAT A FUN TIME).

Great River Bluffs is a beautiful park, small yet totally worth the trip!

Hope y’all enjoyed the pictures.

Adventure Duluth: Jekyll and Hyde at The Underground

This is quite a long overdue post, but hey! At least I’m making it.


So my boyfriend and I attended Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde about a month ago and I really enjoyed it! I love going to plays, honestly anything that has to do with theatre. I used to want to be an actress, way back in elementary school, and made it a point to always get cast in the lead roles (and also to memorize the entire plays just because I was that much of an overachiever). I was such a little drama queen. If I can find the old pictures I’ll make a future post about my dance and theatre days!

Anyways, back to the play. It was a small cast with a simple set but it packed a big punch. It was such a creepy play. I’ve read the book before and this play really brought it to life. They had put on a fog machine before the play started which I felt was unnecessary. By the time the play started, both my boyfriend and I had trouble breathing because the air was so thick and by the time intermission roled around, all the haziness was completely gone. I kind of wish that I would’ve not procrastinated so that I could’ve recommended the play while it was still showing, but oh well, lesson learned.


So a helpful hint for those that have not gone to a play at the Duluth Underground before… This is a picture of the entrance! Follow the yellow line and the theater is at the bottom of the stairs and to the right of the train museum! I spent far too long looking for it and it was not an enjoyable time. This small theatre is definitely a place to check out if you’re into this kind of thing!

I’m attaching a link to the Duluth Playhouse website here, in case any of you would like to look into upcoming plays and events.


I loved the simplicity of the set. The main focus was the door which I thought was really unique. I also thought it was really interesting how the actors that weren’t in the scene would sit, frozen in the background. It added to the eeriness factor of the entire play.

Since it was such close quarters it was interesting to be so close to the actors. Being able to see facial expressions so clearly and really see the action was great.

Overall this was a great experience and I can’t wait to go to another play soon.

Here’s a review from my boyfriend as well:

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was a riveting performance that surmised the struggle with our inner self and explored the battle between the conscious and unconscious mind. I enjoyed seeing the colorful acting styles and emotions that spread across the stage during this hour or so performance and highly recommend any lover of the arts to explore this epic story.

(Not gonna lie, I wish my review was this well written).

As I seem to always try to end off my posts with a question now, what is your favorite play that you have ever seen? I think the one that sticks out for me is one that I saw years ago, I want to say I was around eight or nine, and my mom took me and my sister to see a play version of some of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories. She was and still is one of my all time favorite authors and my sister and I used to pretend to be Mary and Laura so often that this experience was really special to me. It was also one of the first times that I ever got to see a real play and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Well, hope your Tuesday is a great one.

P.S. Also have I ever mentioned how much I just like to watch out for mistakes that people make? For example like when stage makeup isn’t properly blended? Haha, so much fun. Okay, now I’ll leave you. Enjoy your day.

Adventure Duluth: Glensheen Mansion

Glensheen Mansion is a 39-room mansion built between 1905 and 1908 by Chester and Clara Congdon. I got to tour it last December and here are some of the pictures that I took during my time there. It’s a gorgeous estate and I highly recommend touring it during the holiday season because the decorations are beautiful.

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These are the pictures that I took outside the house. The grounds are stunning and the view of Lake Superior is awesome! It was freezing the day I went, barely making it to double digits, but I still loved checking out the 7-acres that Glensheen is built on. I kind of want to tour it every season just to retake these pictures in the different settings.

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The first room we went in was the library, if I’m remembering correctly I think they said that the Congdon’s owned over 1,000 books. They were living my dream! I would love having a library that big!

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The living room was so pretty! I didn’t get a picture of the tree by itself but you can sort of see it in the reflection in the mirror in the second picture.

I’ll warn you all now that I took so many pictures of the fireplaces, they were all just so pretty!

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Took these pictures in the basement. Of course, I had to document the books, and then I took a picture of the taxidermied owl for my sister because she loves owls.

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Here are the rest of my fireplace pictures. I couldn’t remember which bedroom or room they went to so I decided I’d just throw them all in there at once. The tile on the first one is amazing, and the last one was probably my favorite decoration-wise.

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Here’s a close-up shot of one of the trees in one of the daughter’s bedrooms.

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I love the way the lighting is in this picture. It’s one of the daughter’s bedrooms.

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These last pictures are from my favorite room in the house. It was so green and the windows were gorgeous. It had such a different feel from the rest of the mansion that I was drawn to it. The second picture is a close-up of the detail in the windows. So cool!

So that was my adventure to Glensheen, hope you all enjoyed my post.

Have a great day everyone!


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“I know what I should write a post about… A tribute to winter. I mean it is March now, it’ll be spring soon,” I think as I write this post as it’s snowing outside.

Sigh… I can hope at least.

As much as I love winter it gets to a point where I just long for warm, sunny days and I dread having to go outside in order to get to class. At this point I have to force myself out of bed in the morning because all I want to do is snuggle down and hibernate until the snow melts and we hit 50 degrees on a daily basis.

On the plus side, it’s supposed to be in the mid- to upper- 40’s every day of the week that this post gets published so I’m looking forward to that!

I hope you all enjoyed a look into some of my favorite winter pictures, and have a great rest of your days.

Throwback Thursday: Jay Cooke State Park

Back in October, I went to Jay Cooke State Park with my dad to go hiking. We planned on hiking around five to seven miles and then heading back to Duluth to watch the U of M Twin Cities and UMD hockey game.

Things definitely did not go as planned…

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There’s what we actually did, and yes, that does in fact say 112 floors.

Now that you’ve seen the aftermath of that adventure, here are some of the pictures that I took.

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So right around this point on the hike, we went a little off trail. I then sent this picture to my stepmom…

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And captioned it “guess what dad did…” Her immediate guess was that he had fallen and hurt himself because the last time we went hiking that’s what my stepmom did. But in reality my dad just decided to ignore the map and took us down into a giant ditch that we had to climb out of.

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I don’t think you can really tell from this picture but that’s a hill, and that’s what we had to climb up to get back onto the trail.

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Eventually, we stopped for lunch and ate at this really nice overlook.

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Then came the “fun” part of the hike. We decided to follow the loop around Upper Lake Trail and promptly started the too long trek that by the end of it I was definitely contemplating just rolling down the hills. (I actually would have done this if I could have gone back to my dorm to change before dinner and the hockey game)

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One of the highlights of the trail was how pretty the trees were. Absolutely gorgeous. I had forgotten my memory card for my camera that day so unfortunately all I got were iPhone pictures but I still think they turned out pretty great.

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There’s a panoramic view from the top of one of the numerous hills on the trail.

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On our way back to the parking lot we found this porcupine just hanging out in a tree. It was really cool to see one so close up.

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And there it is, the final picture. Me standing on the swinging bridge after this insane hike. My dad took the picture and immediately after we walked as fast as we could to the car so we could finally sit down. I had actually brought a change of shoes and was overjoyed to be able to put on fuzzy slippers and just sit down. I don’t think I got out of bed more than three times the entire next day.

I hope you all enjoyed my pictures from my very interesting hike through Jay Cooke State Park. I’ll talk to you soon.

Adventure Duluth: Bentleyville

For those of you who don’t know, Bentleyville is a “tour of lights” that takes place annually during the holiday season in Duluth. It’s 20 acres of over four million Christmas lights that you can walk through.

Here are the pictures I took…

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I would highly recommend checking out Bentleyville if you’re near Duluth in December. Definitely worth the trip, and it’s free which is awesome too.

Bentleyville is done for this holiday season but next year you should all brave the cold temperatures and spend a night walking around.

Hope you all had a good day.

Adventure Duluth: Fitgers, Malts, and the Lake Walk

Quite early on in the school year, one of my youth group leaders surprised me one Saturday and took me out to lunch with one of her friends. They were going to the hot air balloon festival and Dianna figured she might as well treat me to some real food while she was at it.

We went to Fitger’s and I ordered a bacon cheeseburger (my staple at most restaurants) and a root beer. Dianna’s friend ordered a beer and the waiter asked to see her ID which led us all into a conversation over ID’s and being carded. The waiter thought I was at least 21, which I thought was really funny, you know, being 19 and all.

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There you have my delicious plate of half eaten food. It was so good, I was so excited to have gotten out of having to eat in our dining room on campus. Thinking back to this meal so many months later I would probably rate it a 4/5 stars. Definitely a really good burger, not dry at all, and the fries were really good too! I also really enjoyed the root beer they had there as well.

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There’s a picture of me at the restaurant. Funny story about this picture actually, Dianna took it so that she could send it to some of the other people from the youth group and she only sent the caption “Lunch date” without attaching the picture. That definitely got some questions from the other leaders.

After we finished up at Fitger’s, we walked over to the Portland Malt Shoppe.

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Dianna and I split a cookie dough malt and it was really good! The shop is now closed for the season but I know I’ll be bringing people there when it reopens next spring. I highly recommend it if you’re in the Duluth area.

After all of this food we headed down to the Lake Walk and just spent the afternoon talking and walking along Lake Superior.

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 I had such a good day that day. I’m so thankful to have people in my life like Dianna.

So if any of you are around Duluth definitely check out Fitgers and if you’re there in the spring/summer definitely check out the Portland Malt Shoppe!

Have a great day everyone.

I’ll talk to you all soon.

Adventure Duluth: Canal Park

As I was going over what kind of post I wanted to write about today I began thinking about my life now. I’ve moved to a completely new city where I’ll be living during the school year for the next four years. Why not share about it? So this is the first post to a new series that is similar to my Throwback Thursday posts but devoted solely to adventures that I have in the city of Duluth.

I went down to Canal Park with some friends a week ago and here’s what happened:

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So our friend Sam drove us down and we were trying to find a place to park and ended up on the other side of the lift bridge just as it was getting raised up. We sat there for around ten minutes before hearing a really loud ship horn. Realizing it was one of the really big boats coming in, me and the two other girls who were in the car with Sam decided we had to go see it. Sam waited in the car.

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This side of the bridge was considerably less crowded than the opposite side so we got a great view of the boat.

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This is the second time I’ve seen boats like this go into the harbor. My grandpa took my sister and I to Duluth to see some a few summers ago and this boat was a lot smaller compared to the ones that came in that summer. It was still really big though.

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After the boat had passed we ran back to the car only to discover that Sam had locked us out. We thought she was going to make us walk back to the other side of the bridge but she ended up letting us back in with little fighting which was nice.

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 Once we had found a parking space we headed over to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I got a dark chocolate haystack, which is just coconut covered in dark chocolate. I also got a milk chocolate toffee bar (pictured above) and I can honestly say it was the best toffee I have ever had. The next time I go back I’m definitely getting another one, I’m also going to have to try one of their caramel apples at some point too, they all look amazing.

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We spent a lot of time sitting by the lighthouse watching boats going into and coming out of the harbor. It was a really nice day outside and we probably would’ve stayed longer but there were flies that would not leave us alone for anything.

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After watching some guys jumping off a half sunken building we decided to walk out onto the rocks to take pictures of some cairns that people had built.

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I definitely had a lot of fun with everyone and I can’t wait to have more adventures in Duluth. The next four years have so much in store and I’m definitely looking forward to everything that I’ll get to do.

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The purpose of life after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Hope you all have a nice day!

See you on Thursday.

Throwback Thursday: Sealife Aquarium

Junior year of high school I got a “rain check” ticket for the Sealife Aquarium at the Mall of America and I ended up waiting almost a year after getting it to use it. I literally used it three days before it was supposed to expire. So here is a compilation of some of the pictures while I was there!


This was the walkway in one of the areas.

Jellyfish Room Entrance

My favorite part of the aquarium would have to be the jellyfish room. This is part of the entrance. It had really cool lights and awesome “glowing” illustrations.

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The room itself had mirrors all around the outside so that it looked like it was a lot bigger than it actually was. It was also very dark and some of us (me) had issues with the illusion… I definitely almost walked into the walls multiple times.

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Here’s a better picture of the jellyfish tanks.


The lights in the tank kept changing colors too, so it looked like the jellyfish were changing. Surprisingly all the pictures I took were when the lights were red/pink. I honestly could have stood in there for hours watching them swim around.


There’s one last jellyfish picture for you.


One of the other rooms full of tanks had a ton of seahorses.

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There were quite a few smaller tanks with fish and coral and anemones in them. These are always some of my favorites, such beautiful colors!

Now the main part that most people love to see is the tunnel. It’s basically a giant fish tank that you walk through. It curves up over everyone’s heads and you can see all the big fish swimming around in it. I tried to get as many pictures as I could while walking through there but most of them turned out blurry. It was very busy and very hard to hold not only my phone still to take the pictures but also hold still while people were walking all around me.

Here are the pictures I did manage to take.


Here’s one of the turtles they have. I know a lot of the animals they have in this tank are rescued ones that were injured in some way and wouldn’t be able to survive on their own.


There’s the last picture I was able to snag! It was just laying on the glass right above us! Such a cool experience.

If you ever have a chance to go to this aquarium I highly recommend it, it’s small but definitely has a lot of things worth seeing.

Look What I Found!

My sister and I went biking the other day and stumbled across this cute little fairy garden set up along the trail.

There was a sign that asked people to add whatever they wanted and to arrange it as they pleased, but to respect it and not to take anything. My sister and I fixed it up to make it neat and then left, I unfortunately didn’t have anything to leave for the garden.

The entrance was my favorite part, it had a trellis, a gate, a button path, and a little mailbox that had some letters inside it.

There was also this tiny weathervane that I had to take a picture of. I love little details like this!

It was such a treat to find this, it definitely made our trip just that little bit more fun. I love stuff like this, little fairy gardens and houses. My grandparents have a tree that my sister and I had named Tinkerbell’s house years ago and we’ve kept it decorated and clearly marked ever since. These are so creative and such a cute idea!

I hope you all have a great weekend!