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map of Minnesota showing location of Temerance State Park

The two RV Gypsies enjoyed
Temperance River State Park and Falls
in Minnesota
June 29, 2013

Temperance River State Park is a state park in Minnesota, located between the communities of Schroeder and Tofte on Highway 61 on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It has campsites, picnic areas, and hiking trails on both sides of the Temperance River.

The Temperance River area was first permanently inhabited by Europeans in the 1830s. Settlers had to decide what to name various geographical features. When the geographical surveyors came through the area in 1864, they noticed that one particular river ran into water which was so deep that no sand bar formed at the mouth. Because there was no "bar" that river was named "Temperance."

In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps built several overlooks at certain places along the riverside. In 1957, the state organized 539 acres of land into Temperance River State Park.

Temperance River State Park sign

The two RV Gypsies parked their truck and from the bridge by the side of the road, they were amazed by their first look at the Temperance River.

the two RV Gypsies' first look at the Temperance River
close-up of the Temperance River by the street bridge
 

After a short walk, the two RV Gypsies came to the first bridge. From this bridge, the two RV Gypsies took photos looking back up toward the street bridge. There was a person standing on the street bridge. The Temperance River was intriguing because of its narrow gorge which has created many potholes along the bottom of the river.  The photo on the right below is a close-up of the water just under the street bridge shown in the photo on the left.

the Temperance River
the Temperance River

The two RV Gypsies turned around and faced away from the street bridge and looked out at the river flowing under the bridge and towards Lake Superior.

panorama of the Temperance River

Below is a close-up of the river as it flows out from under the bridge heading to Lake Superior. It is the part of the river that is shown in the lower left corner of the panorama above.

raging water at the Temperance River

The two RV Gypsies crossed over the first bridge and went up a slight hill to get a view from alongside the Temperance River.

raging  swirling water of the Temperance River
looking from a hill into the Temperance River
looking through the trees at the Temperance River

Then the two RV Gypsies went back down towards the first bridge, but instead of going back onto the bridge they walked beside the river (photo below on the left) and then they found themselves high above Lake Superior and saw the foam swirling as the force of the river hit Lake Superior.

the Temperance River
see the foam swirling as the force of the river hits Lake Superior.
panorama of the foam swirling as the force of the river hits Lake Superior. swilrling foam into Lake Superior

After another short walk, there was an area where Karen was able to get down by the river and feel the water and foam.

foam
Karen Duquette feels the foam in see the foam swirling as the force of the river hits Lake Superior.
see the foam swirling as the force of the river hits Lake Superior. covered in foam
see the foam swirling as the force of the river hits Lake Superior. covered in lots of foam

Then the two RV Gypsies walked up a hill where the river has narrowed into a gorge.

raging water in a gorge
the Temperance River
the Temperance River
a sign about disappearing water

Below: A sign about small pockets of white agates and the two RV Gypsies photographed some white agate under their feet.

a sign about small pockets of white agates
the two RV gypsies walk on white agates
a sign about standing on top of old falls
Lee Duquette walking on top of an old waterfall that is now stone

While standing behind a strong fence, the two RV Gypsies looked straight down into a pothole. Rocks were rolling along a rushing river bottom and got caught in an underwater current. They swirled turbulently around. The effect was like a drill - the circular motion of the rocks eroded the surrounding bedrock and created a pothole. Eventually these rocks may be worn away and the drilling process stops unless other rocks wash in and continue the work.

pothole
pothole

The two RV Gypsies photographed the water that was flowing rapidly into the pothole below them.

sign about potholes
water that is flowing rapidly into the pothole below
water that is flowing rapidly into the pothole below
water that is flowing rapidly into the pothole below

Potholes linked to form a gorge. As water flowed through the gorge, it flowed through the path of least resistance, which often led through potholes. Eventually the potholes joined together as the river eroded through the walls that had separated them. The scalloped edges on the high walls of this gorge are the remains of potholes that likely began as widely separated hollows in the stream bed.

Potholes link to form a gorge
Potholes link to form a gorge

Upstream of the large swirling pothole, the river was a rushing torrent as it was forced into the narrow river gorge.

a rushing torrent as it is forced into the narrow river gorge.
a rushing torrent as it is forced into the narrow river gorge.
a rushing torrent as it is forced into the narrow river gorge.

Now the two RV Gypsies have almost reached the second bridge.

the flowing Temperance River
Now the two RV Gypsies have reached the seond bridge

Standing on the second bridge and looking upstream the two RV Gypsies saw another waterfall.

another waterfall in the Temperance River
part of the trail

Above: A last look at the trail, as the two RV Gypsies headed back to the street bridge and the parking lot and moved on to a new adventure.

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in Grand Marais, Minnesota
June 29, 2013

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Grand Marais & its lighthouse

Grand Marais RV Park / lighthouse

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