6 days ago
“Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.” ― Emily Dickinson
I took some time off between jobs and decided a trip to the North Shore was in order to do a proper reset of the mind. I originally planned on going Thursday, but the weather forecast was less than ideal for photography. In the process, my daughter (10) insisted she come with me.
Once Thursday passed, she kept on me to go, saying we needed to spend the night so I could get some sunrise shots - and she could get a continental breakfast at one of the hotels. I hemmed and hawed finally deciding we'd go Saturday morning and come home that night. Little did I know, she still planned for an overnight.
The photo in my head I was yearning to get was the island north of Grand Marais, formerly known as the Tombolo (which it is not) in the evening.
Once we made our way to the island an hour before sunset, we went out to scout the location. Two-thirds of the way to the beach, we sank to our calves in creek runoff that pooled below the foot-deep snow crust. Surprised, and equally shocked, at our current state, we ran back to the car and got out of our wet shoes and socks. Deciding that was a no-go, we went up to Hollow Rock Resort.
At Hollow Rock, clouds blew in and dampened any real chance at a decent sunset photograph. By this time, I had also already made reservations in Silver Bay - giving in to persistent persuasion. We drove back to the hotel and set an alarm for 6:00.
As per usual, the alarm rang far earlier than I expected. I stayed in the warm bed making excuses not to move. Twenty minutes later, I came to my senses and got up.
We ran out the door of the hotel, cameras and gear in hand. The we had a short time before sun rose, and we also had a short distance to drive. We were greeted with a magical scene at Black Beach in Silver Bay. The wind and water were still, and the sun was just short of creeping to the tip of the horizon.
When all was said and done, she looked at me with a grin and said, "I'm hungry!" I thanked her for her persistence and acknowledged her infinite wisdom as she dined on her AmericInn branded waffle.