Artists’ Point and Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais turned out to be an extremely enjoyable stop. After weeks of mostly hiking we decided to set up in the city campground on the south side of the bay and just enjoy the quaint town and the beautiful bay. The first afternoon we walked out and explored Artists’ Point, one of two highlights in the town. Formed from eruptions 1.1 billion years ago, the dark gray basalt that makes up the point appears to undulate in many places and is hexagonal fractured where it meets the lake – with picturesque results. The rock patterns and silhouettes combine with the fantastically vivid water colors making the point a breathtakingly beautiful spot. Incredibly some of the fractures split the rock below the water line into narrow inlets barely ten feet wide. Even more incredible (crazy?) was the group of young men jumping into these cracks from ten to twelve feet up.

Walking from Artists’ Point towards the jetty we spotted an artist at work en plein air whom we went to talk to and also checked out the early twentieth century name carvings in the rock. Finally, we walked the jetty out to the harbor light and got some additional views of the point from afar. Heading back into town we decided to check out the newly-opened local brewery, Voyageur Brewing Company. Hands down, Voyageur wins the award for best beer of the trip; seriously, it was so good we went back the next day for a couple pints on the rooftop deck. Favorites included Devil’s Kettle IPA, the Belgian Wit, the Lakeview Farmhouse Ale, and the ALS Half Moon Summer Ale, brewed special with all profits benefiting ALS research.

Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Tom crossing over fissures in the rock, Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Tom crossing over fissures in the rock, Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Fantastic colors of Lake Superior at Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Fantastic colors of Lake Superior at Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Tom and I, Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Tom and I, Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Plane overhead, Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Plane overhead, Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Me, Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Me, Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Looking into the bay, Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Looking into the bay, Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

People putting things on top of other things plus some neat vertical basalt columns, Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

People putting things on top of other things plus some neat vertical basalt columns, Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Walking back from Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Walking back from Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Names carved on the rock in 1902, Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Names carved on the rock in 1902, Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Names carved on the rock in 1904, Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Names carved on the rock in 1904, Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

The artist at Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

The artist at Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

The artist's work at Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

The artist’s work at Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Talking to the artist at Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Talking to the artist at Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Harbor light on the jetty, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Harbor light on the jetty, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists' Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Artists’ Point, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Flight and a half pint at Voyageur Brewing Company, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Flight and a half pint at Voyageur Brewing Company, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Fermenting tanks at Voyageur Brewing Company, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Fermenting tanks at Voyageur Brewing Company, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Harbor, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Harbor, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Harbor, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Harbor, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Climbing around on rocks, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Climbing around on rocks, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Looking across the harbor at the light, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Looking across the harbor at the light, Grand Marais, Minnesota

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