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This past weekend, my family + Michael went up north to camp at Jay Cooke State Park, which is just south of Duluth, MN. It’s amazing how quickly you can feel completely removed from city life here in Minnesota, just by driving a little bit up I-35. On the way ( and back down ), we stopped at Tobies for donuts + cookies, which is always a highlight. It’s definitely a tourist trap type situation, but you absolutely need to stop if you ever get the chance. I’m still dreaming about my sugar donut. The rest of our time up north was filled with lots of traditional camping food ( hot dogs, pudgie pies, and s’mores ), hiking, and games!!

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Overall, it was really good to just unplug from the internet and be away from screens in general. Well, for the most part that is. I didn’t have cell reception or 3G except for one time while climbing along rocks ( my cousin caught me ) on the river, at which point I promptly sent three important emails. Woops. And on Sunday, we headed up to Duluth to make sure we spent some time on Lake Superior ( top photo ), which is one of my most favorite places to be in this world. I’ve spent countless hours watching those cold blue waters hit the rocky shoreline over the years. Cheers to a great weekend – and hopefully we go back soon!

  1. mariko says:

    Wow. Gorgeous. Those blues and greens are absolutely amazing, I can almost smell the fresh air from here.

  2. Anna says:

    Gorgeous! I just booked a camping trip near Ely for Labor Day weekend and your pictures make me even more pumped to go! And good work with making two stops at Tobies – it’s a must.

  3. Beautiful photos! Living in NYC myself, I am all for city escapes! Especially during the summer – absolutely necessary. And no cell-phone reception or internet for a couple of days? Even better.

  4. What a beautiful way to spend a late summer weekend! Nothing like a good ol’ fashioned camp out :) We went to Lake Superior (Michigan) last summer and it was breathtaking in its beauty. Just dunes that went on for miles and that beautiful blue water. Love your photos!

  5. Melanie says:

    My boyfriend really wants to move to Minnesota and actually sent me two videos this morning trying to persuade me that I wanted to move there too! Do you live in Minneapolis? That’s where he’s wanting to go. I guess I don’t know too much about the area (actually, I know nothing about the area), so what do you think?

    It’s important for me to be somewhere with lots of outdoor activities and a young, friendly community. A good local scene too (especially for groceries). Do you think Minneapolis fits the bill?

    But besides that, yes, these photos are gorgeous and it looks like you guys had a ton of fun! I tell myself all the time that I need to have better boundaries but I just love checking my email for anything important–oops! I mean, what if someone posts a really, really awesome IG photo and I miss it? End of the world (obviously).

    • breanna says:

      I absolutely love living in Minnesota! We currently live in Minneapolis, but I grew up in the suburbs. A lot of people think Minneapolis isn’t much of anything, but that couldn’t be further from the case. Minneapolis is one of the greenest ( trees, plants, etc. ) cities in the US, which makes it absolutely gorgeous – – there are even a few huge lakes IN the city, which you don’t find often.

      As far as living, there are tons of options + neighborhoods / cities that could suit anyone. There are a ton of parks, lakes, friendly people ( we are coined with the term “Minnesota Nice” ), bike trails, and so many things to do. Minneapolis itself has so many tasty restaurants that aren’t chains. There are also great local shops ( groceries, boutiques, etc. ) in the city neighborhoods.

      I hope this helps! If you ever have any questions, feel free to email me. I’ll never move away from this place – I love it that much.

    • Melanie says:

      Oh wow–thanks for the feedback! I might take you up on your offer to email you if I have any more questions. If we decide to move there then I’ll probably want to know more about good neighborhoods to look into : )

      I’m from the deep South (Mississippi–the “hospitality state”) so I’ve gotta have my nice people!! I actually called a wrong number last night and ended up having a conversation with the sweet man who answered. Which is random and definitely not always the case, but still!

    • breanna says:

      Sure thing! Yes, definitely email me with any questions. We’re nice here. :)

  6. Hey Breanna!

    Your photographs are absolutely stunning! If you don’t mind me asking, are you using your DSLR or your iphone? I noticed a lot of these images are also on your Instagram so I didn’t know if these were simply shot with your phone, and if that was the case it is very impressive! I need to pick up these skills…gorgeous!!

    • breanna says:

      Thank you so much! These were all just shot on my iPhone, but I do have a DSLR ( Canon Mark II ) that I absolutely love shooting with. I was just ultra lazy this weekend to lug everything along. Ha!

  7. Jamie says:

    Sounds like a fantastic trip! Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota are some of my most favorite places to be! Lake Superior is stunning – I’m currently working at a kayak outfitter an hour and a half east from Duluth. It’s amazing getting to paddle around the sea caves and apostle islands, definitely look into it!

  8. julia says:

    Great photos! We live in Saint Paul. Haven’t made it up to Duluth yet this summer and I’m eager to go! Lake Superior is so beautiful.

  9. sylvia says:

    Lovely photos! I miss Lake Superior (and Minnesota!); I can’t believe it’s been three years since I was there last. Thanks for sharing….

  10. Megs says:

    That looks beautiful!!

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