Friday, August 29, 2008

Gooseberry Falls

If you ever get to go visit the Northern shores of MN, be sure to stop off at Gooseberry Falls. It's a beautiful park with some great waterfalls. The water level was really down while we were there - but it's still beautiful and there was a lot of exposed rock to walk on and Megan loved that. You can hike to the upper, mid, or lower falls. This is a peek at the upper falls.

We walked out to the water at the mid falls area and Megan played in the water. I don't know how she stood it - it was freezing! But she wanted more and more and more...
Wondering who the shirtless man is? And why Megan is hanging out with him?
This is a monument to the men who helped to build the park (CCC - Civilian Conservation Corps.) in the 1930's. Tom's grandfather was one of those men. How cool is that to be able to tell Megan - your Great Grandfather helped to build this park.

The CCC is actually really interesting. It was set up by FDR in the 30's to help with the unemployment situation. This was a quote about his plan....
"Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously.... It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the Government itself, treating the task as we would treat the emergency of war, but at the same time, through this employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our natural resources."
From President Roosevelt's Inaugural Address, March, 1933

Tom's grandfather is in a picture in the visitor center - again, how cool to see Megan's history laid before her in physical form.

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