“Can we come here once a week?” asked Daley hopefully as we followed the sandy path in the dark back to our vehicle after enjoying an evening at Wisconsin Point.
Superior’s Wisconsin Point allows fires on the beach, unlike its sister, Duluth’s Minnesota Point (a.k.a., Park Point). Late fall was the prefect time for our family to visit because the sun sets long before Finley’s bedtime, giving us plenty of time to enjoy a fire in the dark before she got too tired.
After the kids and I arrived in the late afternoon, we picked out a spot at least 10 feet from the beach grasses, per the beach rules. Daley went straight to work building a fire by digging a pit first — his idea.
Together we built a tripod out of driftwood to hold a pot of water over the fire. We intended to make hot cocoa, but it turned out to be “warm cocoa” as we had the pot too high and took it off too early.
With the fire burning and the sun setting, we ate a picnic dinner and the kids ran around the beach. Throughout, Daley diligently tended the fire.
As dusk descended, we watched as the Duluthscape across the water lit up with the twinkling headlights of cars traversing down the streets and the blinking red radio towers high above. While gazing at the shimmering scene, Finley observed, “It looks like a big holiday decoration.”
We were not the only ones enjoying this experience. In the dark, we were able to easily count the flames of six other fires aglow along the long stretch of sand.
As we prepared to leave, we used water from the lake to put out the fire and packed out our trash. Daley has been reading about “leave no trace” principles.
On the ride home, the kids were giddy with excitement. As we crossed over the Blatnik Bridge, I reflected on the fact that we actually could go to the beach and enjoy a fire once we week, as Daley suggested. I remarked out loud to the kids, “We live here. How lucky are we.”
I meant it as a statement, not a question.
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