The fun part was knowing that after our tours of Split Rock and Gooseberry Falls, we would get to enjoy the drive all over again on the way back!
One of Minnesota's best known landmarks, Split Rock Lighthouse, once a beacon of safety for passing ships is now an icon for travelers. This century-old light sits on a 130-foot cliff at Superior's edge. "Born on the backs of the 29 ships damaged during the infamous storm of November 1905, the light was in use until 1969, when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places."
Admission to the lighthouse can be used for a 45-minute guided tour or to explore on your own. The 25-acre site includes the original brick Split Rock Light, fog-signal building, keeper's quarters and ruins of the tramway. We opted for the guided tour with Cooper in the backpack carrier and Parker holding Rassie's hand.
A favorite for all of us was hiking down to the cobblestone beach for the classic photo of the lighthouse.
We all agreed it was worth it.
We chose to take a different path on the way back up to the lighthouse. (The steps were fine, but I think we chose wisely on the way in by opting the lengthier scenic view that the wooded trail held.)
These two were going back and forth between happily walking, running and riding on daddy's shoulders all the way back to the Visitor's Center.