There is plenty of snow on the hills around Duluth, but as we drove closer to the water of Lake Superior the temperature moderated and the waterfront was nearly snow-free. Lake Superior is still ice-free and the large body of water actually moderates the temperature along the shore. The night was nearly calm and in the mid-thirties as we viewed the millions of lights of ‘Bentleyville.’ Thousands of hardy northern folk packed the walkways as we strolled through an incredible display of Christmas lights and sounds.
Fires along the way offered warmth and a place to roast the free marshmallows and enjoy the free popcorn. Bentleyville is a spectacular non-admission event. Such free community events are still a reality in flyover country as we celebrate light in a land of short days, as the season of inner light begins.