The Journey Begins!

There’s always a last minute stressful rush to packing when our family goes on vacation. Well, at least for me. I HATE packing and ALWAYS wait until the absolute last minute. Then, I panic. Every. Single. Time. But this time was even harder. We had to make sure that we had everything that we would need until at least October, when we will be stopping back home for a few days. Thinking of every item, every outfit, every pair of shoes that you will need for three months is not the easiest thing to do.

Perfect going away gifts from friends!

There is also the stress of deciding where exactly we were going to travel. I have always been a planner, but for this year we’ve decided to not make set plans. We will stop when and where we feel like it in each state and hope to get a campsite. We are going to be mostly avoiding cities and sticking to the National Parks and other natural areas of each state.

We had planned to leave town by 4 am for our approximately seven hour drive to our first destination. Despite the fact that we woke up at 330 am, we didn’t make it out the door by 5 or even 6 am. Nope. We were rolling out of town, suv and camper stuffed and cats in their cage, at 7 am.

We stopped a few times to stretch our legs and feed the cats. You can view details of our first drive here on Youtube. Finally, our destination state was in sight! We crossed the bridge from Superior, Wisconsin into Duluth, Minnesota and it was official. Our adventure had begun.

Simon taking a lunch break at the rest stop.


Not the best photo, but our first view of Lake Superior on the horizon!


Bridge crossing into Duluth, Minnesota.

None of us had ever been to Lake Superior, so we decided that we would begin to drive up the North Shore until we found a campsite. Just past Duluth, near Two Harbors, we followed a “camping” sign and pulled into Penmarallter Campground.

Penmarallter Campground is a family owned 13-acre campground on Scenic Drive, just off of the main road into Duluth or Two Harbors. The “office” for the campground is also the home of the couple who owns it. We were immediately greeted by the owners and made arrangements for our three night stay. We were given maps of the North Shore, and told of events in the area. There are 24 sites on the campground, five have full hookups and the rest have water and electric. All sites are pull thru (yay!) gravel sites and quite level. Each site was spacious, most were shaded, and included a picnic table and fire ring. Wood and ice could be purchased from the owners.

Setting up for our first night!


Great view of the woods at sunset from our campsite.

The campground was quiet, the toilets and showers were an easy walk and clean, and we were surrounded by woods off of the two main roads. Every morning the owners were out cleaning, chopping wood, and interacting with guests. We would absolutely recommend this campground to anyone looking for a campground near shops and Lake Superior.

Check back tomorrow to read about (and see some great pics of) our first week of adventures in Minnesota!!



  1. Megan says:

    I’m so excited to hear all about the rest of your trip and to see more of your YouTube videos. I miss ya already and I can’t wait to see you. Take lots of pictures and stay in touch. 😊

    1. Aimz1981 says:

      Miss you too!! Oh don’t worry- I will be taking lots of pictures and will always be in touch!

  2. Elaine says:

    Can’t wait to read more!

    1. Aimz1981 says:


  3. Meari says:

    How’s the cat faring on the trip?

    1. Aimz1981 says:

      The cats are doing well! They were pretty unsure about the car ride at first, but now they are getting used to it and sleep most of the way. They love being in the camper because of all of the windows!

  4. Katie says:

    It’s always nice to find a beautiful campground. I’ve been to this area and it’s just gorgeous.

    1. Aimz1981 says:

      It’s always a gamble since we don’t make reservations, but we have been very lucky so far! It really is a beautiful area.

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