I just returned from a quick trip up north at the same time the Duluth area was receiving some of it's heaviest rains in recent history. Luckily we drove through Duluth Wednesday evening after the worst was over but never in all the years that we've been going there have we ever seen it so deserted, it was truly erie .
We encountered detours on several roads, including I35 and we learned that the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park was taken out by high water and the park was closed for some time and campers asked to leave. Along all the rivers and creeks there were signs of how high the water had been a short time earlier and I have to say I was glad we coming after the worst was over. I have to guess that some of the rivers/creeks had risen by 10-20 feet and the bridge at Knife River - 15 to 20 foot above the normal river bed - had large trees sticking out of the hand rails like tooth picks.
I got up early Thursday morning to take pictures at Gooseberry and although the water level was already down by 5-6 feet from Wednesday- the water rushing over the falls gave me a feeling I've never felt before - the power of that river - you could feel the vibration in your feet- made me feel very insignificant.
My thoughts go out to all the folks up north that experienced flooding and damage and I wish you a speeding recovery. Thanks to everyone for stopping by and I hope you have a great week.