Forget the Witch’s Cauldron, Here We Have the Devil’s Kettle!
About 20 minutes east of Grand Marais, within the northeastern woodlands of Minnesota, runs the Brule River. 40 miles (about 64 kilometers) long from Vista Lake up near the Canadian border, this river is popular with trout fishermen and whitewater kayakers. Seeing it in person requires a mile-long hike and a climb up 200 steps. Its name comes from the French for “burnt river.” Plunging over cliffs in the Judge C.R. Magney State Park creating a double waterfall, then flowing off into the greatness of Lake Superior.
Never assume that what you can’t see isn’t there. Human beings by nature can only witness a fraction of what is out there, limited by our own biology and chemistry. Even the nearest stars (excluding our Sun) seem to disappear after sunrise but that doesn’t question their existence in whole now does it? At dusk, the stars reemerge, as they have done so for hundreds, thousands, millions, even billions of years, claiming their presence in the cosmos. And just as the stars have deemed themselves as night dwellers, at least from a human’s perspective, other bodies above us have also made reputations of shining at night; in this case, polar mesospheric clouds.