Pirates in Duluth, MN?
While I may have wanted to throw on my pirate patch (what you don’t have one?), and say “Argh” this weekend, the Tall Ships event is so much more than that! Those of us who live here or anywhere around Lake Superior are used to the big freighters that come in and out of our port. But for those visiting, these ships are like giants swimming in (and sometimes beaching themselves on the shore).
The Tall Ships event, on the other hand, is a whole other experience. You see these types of ships in movies, but even the best cinematography can’t beat the real thing. It’s like seeing something exotic or other worldly, and some of these vessels are absolutely huge! You hold your breath as they sail in under the Aerial Lift Bridge. Even if you don’t purchase a ticket and visit the festival grounds, it’s worth it to watch them come into port, hear the cannons fire, and snap a few photos to convince your friends that Pirates invaded Duluth, MN.
I’m always amazed at what new adventure has sprung up in Duluth. Maybe this is normal for native Duluthians, something bright, shiny, and new every year. I’ve lived here roughly 14 years, back when Bentleyville was in Nathan Bentley’s backyard, before Spirit Mountain had a Timber Twister, way before pirates invaded (Tall Ships), and so on. However, it’s still surprising for me to learn something really awesome is coming to Duluth. This is probably why we’re getting noticed. Here’s a nice article we just came across today. It names Duluth, MN as one of the top 5 summer vacation spots. “Duluth packs a lot of surprising summer adventure…“ http://www.theadrenalist.com/adventure/top-5-summer-adventure-vacation-spots/
So what is bright, shiny, and new this year? Well probably a lot of things, but the one I’m thinking of right now in this perfect sunny weather is Spirit Mountain’s new mountain bike trails. Here’s a great article about it if you want more information (plus a great photo/action shot). Bike Trails Open at Spirit Mountain *Did I mention these are lift-access downhill trails!!