Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is located on Hwy 61 north of Duluth
heading up the North Shore. One of Minnesota's most scenic drives and my
personal favorite! It's spectacular and we want to show it to you!
Such a beauty resting on the cliff
Camping and hiking trails are awesome!
Lake Superior below Split Rock
A scene through my shades ...neat!
same scene .. no shades
A distant view of the lighthouse.
Nice rocky angle with the island coming in on the right.
The lighthouse, Lake Superior and island in tall scene.
Split Rock Lighthouse closeup.
You will need to purchase a day pass to the lighthouse or a Minnesota
State Parks sticker to drive down to the beach area where I took most of
the photos. Tours are given daily inside the lighthouse, this is something
you should see. I did not post any photos of the lighthouse inside because
I had to leave you something to see ...right? I could spend all day on
the rocky beach......
"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
by Frederick Stonehouse
lyrics by Gordon Lightfoot
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
from the lake they called Gitche Gumee
The lake it is said never gives up her dead
when the skies of November turn gloomy
With a load of iron ore 26,000 tons more
then the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
that good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
when the gales of November came early
The ship was the pride of the American side
comin' back from some mill in Wisconsin
As the big freighters go it was bigger than most
with a crew and good captain well seasoned
concluding some terms with a couple steel firms
when they left fully loaded for Cleveland
and late that night when the ships bell rang
could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'
The wind in the wires made a tattletale sound
and a wave broke over the railing
and every man knew as the captain did too
'twas the witch of November come stealin'
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
when the gales of November came slashin'
When afternoon came it was freezin' rain
in the face of a hurricane west wind
When suppertime came the old cook came on deck
sayin' "fellas it's too rough to feed ya"
At seven p.m. a main hatchway caved in
he said " fellas it's been good to know ya"
The captain wired in he had water comin' in
and the good ship and crew was in peril
and later that night when 'is lights went out of sight
came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Does anyone know where the love of god goes
when the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
if they'd put fifteen more miles behind 'em
They might have split up or they might have capsized
they may have broke deep and took water
and all that remains is the faces and names
of the wives and the sons and the daughters
Lake Huron rolls Superior sings
in the rooms of her ice-water mansion
Old Michigan steams like a young mans dreams
the island and bays are for sportsmen
and farther below Lake Ontario
takes in what Lake Erie can send her
and the iron boats go as the mariners all know
with the gales of November remembered
In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed
in the maritime sailors' cathedral
the churh bell chimed 'til it rang 29 times
for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald
The legend lives on from the chippewa on down
of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
Superior they said never gives up her dead
when the gales of November come early ...
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