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The Nature of Glensheen

Earlier this autumn we traveled up north to visit Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Minnesota.  Despite the fact that the sun decided to hide behind the clouds for much of the time, there were still a few good opportunities for outside photos.  The garden was, understandably, past it’s best, but you could get a sense of how beautiful it would look when everything was in flower.  I could definitely understand why our guide said it was a popular venue for weddings, despite the rather macabre history of the house.

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Glensheen sits right on the shores of Lake Superior and, depending on the weather, the view from the beach can look rather forbidding or quite inviting.

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Walking through the grounds, which originally covered 22 acres but have now been reduced to 12, we came across a bridge that led to precisely nowhere.

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The view from the bridge was quite interesting, however.  The Congdon family wanted to preserve as much of the natural beauty of the property as possible and if you look from one side of the bridge you can see the house framed by trees and from the other side you can see down to the lake.

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The landscaping was carried out some time between 1905 and 1908 by Charles Wellford Leavitt who designed the estate to be self sufficient, incorporating a large vegetable garden, greenhouse, orchard, cow barn and water reservoir in the plans. Glensheen is well worth a visit not only for the very interesting tour of the house but also the garden and grounds.

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Snowy Range Scenic Byway

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On a recent road trip to visit our daughter and her husband in Salt Lake City, a journey of 3,250 miles round trip, we made a slight detour to visit Snowy Range in Wyoming, the second forest road in the USA to be designated a National Forest Scenic Byway.

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Following the road over the Medicine Bow Mountains we were greeted by a magnificent view at every turn and although it was too late in the year to see the many wildflowers that grow there, it was still a spectacular sight .

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The highest point in the range, Medicine Bow Peak, reaches 12,013ft, towering above many beautiful, clear lakes such as Mirror Lake and Lake Marie.

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There are several hiking trails but as we were on something of a schedule I restricted myself to a short walk across the Libby Flats which can be seen from an observation deck.

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For anyone who has more time to spend in this gorgeous area there are plenty of opportunities for camping, horseback riding, fishing (there are something like 70 fishing spots, 60 of which are brook trout lakes) and picnicking, amongst other things.

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