By Sharon Parker
There is surely no place better to be when the rest of the state is sweltering under a heat wave than on the North Shore of Gitche Gumee, aka beautiful Lake Superior.
|The mouth of the Beaver River as it enters Lake Superior, at Beaver Bay, Minn., on 17 July|
The beauty of the North Shore isn't just its unique micro climate, of course; it's found in its amazing geology, including the miles and miles of pebble beaches edged by basalt cliffs, the verdant woodlands lining the scenic drive north of Duluth, the many stunning views of the lake, the wildflowers lining the highways (lupines blooming everywhere at this time!), and, well, it goes on.
Not that I'm working for the North Shore tourism board or anything.
As the Minnesota artists and artisans featured below attest, there is much to celebrate about this jewel of the north.
[Please click on the image to be taken to the treasury on Etsy, where you can purchase any of the items featured here.]