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.
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.
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.
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!!