I’m now at 38 weeks and truly, baby could come at any time. I was feeling like we weren’t quite taking advantage of the last of our child-free days, though, so I suggested to Alan that we take a little day trip up to the Duluth area to see some fall colors and commune with nature a bit. It was a beautiful warm early fall day. I brought my camera but elected to just use my phone instead to document the day. I edited the photos in my VSCO app, with the Minimalism presets. We started the day in town at Wise Acre, a pretty amazing place we like to treat ourself to brunch at once or twice a year. We each got the CSA hash and three pastries to split. It was… A lot of food to be eating before taking a long drive. Jay Cooke State Park is one of the more accessible parks for city folk. It’s kinda the gateway to the north shore. Not a ton of fall colors to be had yet, but it was beautiful (and busy), though we did manage to find a spot with very few people. Got a couple endorsements to get lunch at Northern Waters Smokehaus, where we dined al fresco on these super delicious sandwiches (the craisin walnut mayo is legit).
Before heading home we popped into Waters of Superior where Alan ended up finding a couple pairs of nice bookends (you can spy them in the top photo – they’re steel cast pine trees) for some shelves he got recently to display his comics in the basement. We came here last year on our anniversary trip and we didn’t walk away empty-handed then either. This is an extremely beautiful shop – a must-visit for fans of well-curated home goods.
It seems like such a small outing (compared to the other big trip we took this year) but it was just the correct amount of doing stuff for us. Me being extremely pregnant and Alan being the guy who does all the stuff now (having a job, yard work, most household tasks that don’t include doing dishes or laundry). We’re stretched a little thin these days, in preparation for the little one’s arrival. It was nice to get away, even if just for a day.