Today finds us in Duluth, camped by Lake Superior at the Lakehead Boat Basin, and we are taking a lazy day here. Tomorrow I plan to take the jeep and make the 3 hour drive up to Eagle Mountain the highpoint of Minnesota, and expect that climb to take about 5 hours. Susan will stay in Duluth, and as always, I’ll be blogging along the way.
The Hawkeye Trip report is posted below in its entirety. For a richer experience with larger photos see the Hawkeye Point Trip Report Page.
Hawkeye Trip Report
Yesterday morning, Sunday August 14th, 2016 Susan and I stood on Hawkeye Point, the Iowa state highpoint enjoying fresh gourmet coffee with warm blueberry muffins as we watched the sunrise over gently rolling farmland. Iowa makes 46 states, and the first of our Great Lakes 4 state trip.
Summit Date: Sunday August 14th, 2016
US Rank by Height: 42nd
Round Trip Hiking Time: Drive Up
Trip Report (Larger Photos Here)
Photo Gallery (All Photos)
To view a sortable table of all of the highpoints with completion dates, trip reports, photo galleries, blog entries an GPS tracks, visit the US State Highpoint Progress Page.
We were here yesterday for the sunset, but there was someone hogging the highpoint, and since we were camped next to the highpoint in the completely empty Hawkeye Point Campground, we decided to come back for the sunrise. For a bit of more backstory and photos of our sunset visit to the highpoint area, take a look at this blog post.
Highest Muffins in Iowa!
It was a cool refreshing morning, and a wonderful time to enjoy a sunrise with Susan. I woke up well before sunrise and got my photography equipment squared away, walked 3 minutes to the highpoint and waited. While my loving wife dutifully prepared muffins and coffee. Once Susan arrived, we proceeded to enjoy coffee and muffins at the Iowa state highpoint and enjoy this moment in time together.
Silos, Museums & Kettles Oh My!
This highpoint was once on private property, and there is an occupied farmhouse within a stones throw. But now the government owns the property, and there are all sorts of random things here. A grain silo, a display of various license plates from other states, a flagpole, signs pointing to other places with distances, some antique farm equipment and a Ma & Paw Kettle stand-in.
The walk through museum was the most unusual and interesting element of the curious menagerie.
Having the coach so close to the highpoint made this one fun and easy, and Susan and I enjoyed the leisurely morning on the highpoint together and we had the highpoint all to ourselves this time. We spent quite a while just taking in the scenery, and talking.