It was a beautiful Fall weekend here in Duluth and up the North Shore and the 5 mile hike on the Split Rock River Loop was a delight. Especially since we were able to enjoy it with our visiting son, Peter, and his fiancee and friends. Leaves of red, orange, gold and green were spectacular and not quite at peak yet. With the recent rains, waterfalls and rushing water were numerous as well as interesting fungi popping out amongst the dense vegetation. The leaf color will continue to intensify and the peak is yet to come.
We also visited the Hawk Ridge area high up on the hills of Duluth for a look at the migrating sharp-shinned hawks. We were treated to a demonstration of bird banding on a netted chickadee and then witnessed the release of a sharp-shinned by an excited adoptee. Hiking out on the numerous trails of Hawk Ridge we were treated to the vivid reds and yellows of oaks and maples. This promises to be a beautiful fall!