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December 23, 2009

Christmas at Split Rock

Filed under: History, Nature, Observations, Seasons — Lee Radzak @ 1:08 pm

Children with SnowmanAt Christmas, when our kids were little, they were sure that Santa would find our house because it would be one of his first stops for him because it was right on his way and so close to the North Pole.  In their twenties now, our kids have come to realize that they did indeed grow up in a special place.  The early lightkeepers and their familes had to leave Split Rock in the winter.  Beginning in the 1930’s, with the coming of the North Shore highway, the keepers and their families were allowed to stay year round.  Those children have related to us how thrilled they were to be able to stay through the winters.

Dec 14th - winds at 58mph

With a blizzard and lake effect snow in the forecast for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year it will be a good time to hunker down and enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake Superior.  Then, after the storm settles, it will be time to get out and clear the paths, check all the buildings on the light station, and refill the bird feeders.

Snowy trees at Split Rock's tramway

I thought that this would be a good time to share some winter photos at Split Rock Lighthouse, a time when when the hectic pace of summer is replaced by a blanket of new snow.

Happy Holidays

Mid-winter at dusk

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  1. How stunning! Plus, what a great personal description. And, you’ve given me good perspective, I will not complain about shoveling my 10 feet of sidewalk compared to your pathways! Happy Holidays Lee + family! Jessica

    Lee Radzak Reply:

    It has started snowing this morning and they are predicting 18 to 20 inches along the North Shore today and tomorrow so I will have plenty to do this weekend. Messy but pretty. Merry Christmas, Lee

    Comment by Jessica — December 24, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

  2. We started going to northern Minnesota when I was 7 (I’m 48 now), and went yearly (sometimes twice a year) until I was 21…then sporadically off and on after that. We’ve always stayed at Ely, but every trip included a day on the north shore of Lake Superior and at Split Rock. What a wonderful thing it is to have found this site to keep in touch with what’s going on there. I consider northern Minnesota my second home, and it is definitely where my heart is. A belated Merry Christmas to all the good folks there!

    Comment by Rebecca Knox — December 27, 2009 @ 10:20 am

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