For the first time in the 7 years we’ve been together, Lee and I took a mini-break for ourselves. Sure, we’ve traveled a fair amount in the time we’ve been together, but it’s always been for specific reason. This was the first trip we had planned with no one to visit and nowhere in particular to be.
I chose Duluth as our destination for a variety of reasons. First, I hadn’t been since I was about 12 years old. I’d driven through Duluth since that time, but never stayed long enough to appreciate the beauty of the North Shore. I was looking forward to experiencing Duluth again as an adult, because the visit was lost on me as a kid. Going on vacation with your parents and your 4-year old sister isn’t exactly “cool” when you’re 12. This trip also gave Lee an opportunity to walk down memory lane. Lee graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, so it was nice to see the places he used to hang out “back in the day.”
The hotel company I work for has a hotel in Duluth and rooms were $60 a night which made it an affordable getaway. The icing on the cake was that the hotel also allows dogs, so we were able to bring our dog, Omar, along for the trip. While bringing Omar might have impeded on the romance of our mini-break, you could tell that Omar was having the time of his life. Omar is a jealous little dude; he tolerates our cats, but if we lavish the kitties with too much affection, Omar whines and pouts until we turn our attention toward him. The fact that he got to spend a weekend with just Mom and Dad made for one happy pup.
We spent all day Saturday hiking along the North Shore. We visited Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls and finished the day at Castle Danger, a brewery and taproom on Lake Superior with a dog-friendly patio. It was a fantastic, relaxing weekend.
It was nice to be able to spend the weekend together, just the two of us (and Omar), with no obligations or worries. It made me so thankful for my little family and reminded me that sometimes we waste so much time and effort focusing on the things we don’t have that we often forget to be grateful for all that we do have.
What a great lesson to learn on such an important holiday weekend. A huge thank you to the servicemen and women who fought for our freedom. I appreciate you all.