Friday, July 1, 2016

Five on Friday: A Beautiful Walk along the Big Lake

Happy Friday my Friends!! 

It's a gorgeous day here in my northwoods. I'm getting ready for the wonderful July 4th holiday weekend ahead and getting things ready around here. I'm working on my grocery list and dreaming on the yummy things I'm thinking of making for a holiday party tomorrow. S'mores poke cake anyone? ;)  

But for today I wanted to share my 5 with you. As many of you know, we live on a bay in the northwoods. And our bay is off of what we call the "big Lake" - which is one of the great lakes. Actually, the largest great lake which is Lake Superior. When I drive over a bridge near my home and get to the other side I'm actually in a whole different state -- which is Minnesota. Pretty cool, huh? My kiddos have soccer practice over that bridge regularly. When I'm looking to eat up some time while they are at practice I've been walking along a beautiful lake walk in a park next to the "Big Lake".  I thought I would share some of that beauty with you today.


I often park my car by what is called "the Rose Garden" portion of the park. In later summer it is just full of many different types of flowers and is such an incredibly gorgeous section of the park. Recently, though, there were many irises and peonies in bloom which I will share soon. I love the charm of this whole area. The old time lamp posts, pretty railings and bridges throughout. Train tracks run along the water too and we have different scenic trains that folks can go on. They call this area Canal Park as can you see the bridge in the distance? - that is called the Lift Bridge - and many freighters come through that canal regularly. Our area is huge in the shipping industry. 


This park is used very often for summer weddings. That gazebo is the most used for that very purpose - either for ceremonies or just a photo back drop.  There are also lovely stone benches all over where one can sit and admire the view and the flowers.


I show a photo of a Viking statue - as an area of this park is also called Leif Erickson Park. There is a very large Scandinavian population in the area where I live. We have a LOT of Erickson's, Peterson's, Johnson's - you get the idea. Lol  And thus the football team, the Minnesota Vikings. And of course photos of the beautiful blooms I captured the other day: irises and peonies. But by August it's nothing but roses and they are everywhere!  It's probably one of the most visited tourists stops in our area. Here is some info about Leif Erickson and you can read even more here.

Leif Erikson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Leif Ericson" and "Leif Erickson" redirect here. For other uses, see Leif Ericson (disambiguation).
Leif Erikson
Viking at MN Capitol.jpg
Statue of Leif near the Minnesota State Capitolin St. Paul
Bornc. 970
Diedc. 1020 (age 49 or 50)[discuss]
Known forDiscovering Vinland (Part of North America; possiblyNewfoundland)
ReligionNorse paganism; converted to Christianity c. 999
Partner(s)Thorgunna (c. 999)
ChildrenThorgils, Thorkell
RelativesErik the Red (father), Þjóðhildur (mother), ThorvaldThorsteinand Freydís (siblings)
Leif Erikson or Leif Ericson[7] (/ˈlf/Old NorseLeifr EiríkssonIcelandicLeifur EiríkssonNorwegianLeiv Eiriksson c. 970 – c. 1020) was an Icelandic[8] explorer and the first known European to have discovered North America (excluding Greenland), beforeChristopher Columbus.[9][10] According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada. Later archaeological evidence suggests that Vinland may have been the areas around the Gulf of St. Lawrence and that the L'Anse aux Meadows site was a ship repair station.
Leif was the son of Erik the Red, the founder of the first Norse settlement in Greenland and of Þjóðhildur (anglicized Thjodhild). He was likely born in Iceland,[8][11][12] and grew up in the family estate Brattahlíð in the Eastern Settlement in Greenland. Leif had two known sons: Thorgils, born to noblewoman Thorgunna in the Hebrides; and Thorkell, who succeeded him as chieftain of the Greenland settlement.


Once you walk down a stone walkway - you head down right next to the lake. There's a wood walkway that stretches along the water and folks can walk or jog there. There is also a paved path alongside for cyclists. You can even rent covered bike "cars" that have a canopy over the top of them and can hold 4 people and each have their own set of peddles...and you can bike as a family right next to the water. Pretty cute! There are also beautiful old fashioned carriages pulled by horses that you can take along the mainstreet areas of the Canal Park area. I love that along the lake walk the light posts become more nautical. Lots of charm everywhere. Also, there is a large field in a part of the park with the castle and stage looking area. Sometimes there are shows that are put on in the park - as well as movies in the park...where folks can come for free and bring a blanket and snacks and sit a watch a movie played there certain summer nights. 


More shots of the beauty along the lake. Also, Canal Park is one of the largest tourists spots in our area for adorable and unique shops and wonderful restaurants. There is a lot of outdoor dining too (as you can see closer in the bottom photo) a deck with dining seating right over the lake walk with flower boxes and a gorgeous view of the water. I feel so blessed to live in such a charming and truly beautiful area. 

Blessings on your weekend ahead my Friends! I'm linking with Amy of Love Made My Home for Five on Friday.


  1. That looks like a beautiful area! We were actually up on Lake Superior this week too. We were up in Munising, Michigan. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures.

    Have a lovely weekend

  2. What a wonderful place to go walking, exploring or just being! To get married under the beautiful gazebo would be wonderful too wouldn't it, no wonder it is popular for weddings. Happy Fourth! Thank you for joining in with Five On Friday. I hope you have a fun weekend! xx

  3. Sigh, I LOVE that area and have been there many times. It's always a treat to stand next to Lake Superior. When I look across and can't see anything but water on the horizon, it seems like an ocean!! I love the sound of the gulls, love to watch the lift bridge and see the freighters come into port. I so enjoyed your post and all the beautiful accompanying photos!! xo

  4. What gorgeous pictures and a fab walk. Love that gazebo, it is just perfect for weddings. Have a lovely weekend.

  5. It's hard to believe this is a lake and not an ocean. The skies are so blue too. It looks like a dream Carrie, and thank you for sharing the history part too.

    Now let's talk about that smores poke cake! Sounds awesome :)


  6. What a gorgeous area with so much blue! Glad you have such nice views when you drive around. Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

  7. Gorgeous!!!
    And have a wonderful holiday weekend, my friend. : )

  8. It's such a beautiful area! I would love to walk around in any of these spots.

  9. What a lovely place to while away the time as you wait for the children's games to be over. The scenery is breathtaking and the gardens are beautiful.
    bon weekend from Normandy.

  10. What a lovely place to walk around and spend some time. I can imagine it would be perfect for sitting and watching the world go by.

  11. Such fantastic photos. The only great lake we've visited is Lake Michigan at Chicago.

  12. I have always wanted to visit Lake Superior! Your photos make me want to see it even more. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend.

  13. What great photos of a beautiful place, Carrie! You are indeed very lucky to live where you live. It looks the perfect place to while away some time while the kids are at practice sessions. And yes! to s'mores poke cake, would you send me some please?! xx

  14. Thanks so much for this beautiful post, Carrie! I am an ocean lover and have thought that living near one of the Great Lakes would be very special. May you and yours have a safe and blessed July 4th celebration! xx