Day 2 of the Endeavor Diaries is here! I’ve been having so much fun putting together these images and revisiting these moments. Also - if you haven’t read my first post “Endeavor Diaries - Day 1” I suggest doing that before you read this, it’ll make a lot more sense! haha. Any who - let’s get into it!
Our second day with Endeavor was filled with so many incredible memories that I feel like I would’ve only dreamt about. After a long night of rain (which was so heavenly to fall asleep to) we woke up to the a haze of fog that stretched across the pines. The windows were speckled with fresh rain and the air was crisp, but not cold. Just perfect and cozy for a day up north. We sat in awe for most of the morning and then we turned on some Ben Howard (if you know his music, you can just imagine the vibes). Then we made some breakfast - english muffins, eggs, bacon and avocado, it was heaven!
After the loveliest morning, we packed up our snacks, and hit the road! Our first stop was to Fika Coffee, in Lutsen, MN, which is about 30 minutes from the home. Fika is a quaint coffee shop that I just adore. They care so much about their community and the coffee they serve. It's so inviting and great for fueling a full day of exploring!
After some latte sippin' we headed up to a very foggy, Grand Marais, MN, aka one of my favorite places in all of Minnesota! Jake had never been before so I was so excited to show him around and make sure we hit all the obligatory spots!
Our first stop was for sure World's Best Donuts - it's always a must if you're headed up to Grand Marais! It's one of the best feelings to just grab a donut or two and sit on the beach and watch the world go by, and listen to the seagulls whilst munching on some sweet treats. I honestly felt like a kid, it was wonderful!
We ate our donuts, checked out some of the cool local shops, then decided that we might as well just head up to Grand Portage, MN, since we were so close now, to do some hiking!
Something that I didn't realize until this trip is that the farther you drive north along the shore, the more beautiful it gets. More mountains appear. More forests, more islands, more bays. It's absolutely breathtaking.
After almost accidentally driving through customs into Canada, we took a hard left into Grand Portage State Park. Something that is pretty cool about this park is that one side of it is Minnesota, and on the other side of the river, is Canada. You're literally right on the border!
After a surprisingly speedy hike, we made it to the falls and woah, it was massive! Pictures don't do it justice, it was incredible. It's crazy to me how this is in Minnesota.
After about 45 minutes on the road, and one food stop later, we made it back to Grand Marais in hope that the fog cleared out for us to walk out to the lighthouse and Artist's Point. But, alas, the fog was here to stay. But it made for a unique experience, and still so beautiful.
We ended the evening back at the Tiny Home of course. After a long day of adventures, there's nothing quite like coming back to this beautiful home. By this time, we only thought it was fair to build a bonfire, and make some yummy s'mores. That's got to be the perfect way to end such a fantastic trip.
We slung up a hammock out on the deck and watched the sun go down. I have to say, that moment was one of my favorite memories. Just sitting in the woods, eating a s'more, in a hammock, talking about out dreams and goals, and feeling so refreshed and inspired. That's something that I always take with me when returning from little trips like this, that it's important to take time to recharge and refuel yourself, to just get inspired and excited about life. Especially staying with Endeavor, it opened my eyes to a new way of living and reminded me to just slow down. Take a breath, and enjoy moments like these.
Thanks Endeavor Tiny homes for making this happen! It was magical. Make sure to check them out!