Husband and I have started an annual tradition of heading up the shore for a weekend getaway in the winter. With no holidays (for which we get off of work) to look forward to until the end of May, we decided to make our own. This year we extended the weekend to four days and spent 3 of them hiking and showshoeing some amazing sections of the Superior Hiking Trail. Continue reading A Weekend of Hiking and Snowshoeing
It was about 45ºF on Sunday, with the foreseeable future being rainy and near freezing, so I decided to make the most of it. I loaded Pup in the car and we took scenic Skyline Pkwy all the way to the Magney-Snively trailhead.
The temperature was a little chilly, but good for a vigorous hike and the clouds for the night’s rain were just starting to roll in, threatening to blot out the setting sun. We started our hike at about 3:30-ish. If you’re unfamiliar with latitude 46.8ºN, you should know that the sun sets around 4:30pm in November. That comes into play later. Continue reading Superior Hiking Trail: Magney-Snively to Bardon’s Peak
Last year I attempted a 16-mile hike as part of the Grand Traverse event in Duluth. I only made it 12 miles, but it was a beautiful day and I took a lot of great pictures (it’s hard to take a bad photo in the middle of a forest at peak fall colors). I was really disappointed that I didn’t make it to the finish line and vowed that I’d do it again in 2015. Continue reading Grand Traverse 2015
I signed up for a 16-mile hike, part of the 27-mile Grand Traverse. It’s an annual event meant to highlight the awesomeness of the Superior Hiking Trail.
I am a *bit* behind in posting our adventures this summer. It’s been so busy and the short times I’ve been able to work on my blog have been spent making sure the merger of my other two blogs into this one was a smooth one. Better late than never right?
This particular hike met a couple of my goals. It was a New Thing we did in July, and it is part of the Superior Hiking Trail. The peak is named for Edmund F. Ely (pronounced ee-l-ee), missionary, postmaster, and early settler (c.1830’s) of West Duluth.
Today it’s a very popular hiking destination as it offers fantastic views of the St. Louis River. It’s a rugged hike, quite vertical (242-foot gain), but short (just about 1 mile). Just make sure you have good hiking shoes with support for your ankles. Continue reading Ely’s Peak
I have started a bit of an Independence Day tradition. Since my husband works every 4th of July (the trade-off is he gets every Christmas off), I have most of the day to myself, and since the weather is usually gloriously sunny, I like to spend my day outside. Last year I did yard work – no fun, though necessary – but the year before that and this year I decided to go up north and hike the North Shore of Lake Superior.
This year I took my pup and headed to Beaver Bay, MN to hike the Cove Point Loop of the Superior Hiking Trail. It’s 5.5 miles and has a gain of 753 feet.
I took a couple days off last week with the intention of going camping but our plans fell through. The weather forecast called for thunderstorms and 90°F temperatures. Since this was supposed to be our puppy’s first camping trip, we decided that thunder and heat stroke would probably not be the best way to introduce him to it. As it turned out, the thunderstorms never came and by Friday the temperature was back down to a reasonable 70ºF. It was too late to get a campsite so we had to stay home anyway, but I was determined not to waste my two vacation days. I took the puppy on another hike. This one was a bit longer than the first and a bit more intense. Continue reading Twin Ponds to Canal Park
One of my “bucket list” goals is to hike the entirety of the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT), a 296-mile unbroken trail from Jay Cooke State Park to the Canadian border. I’ve done a couple small sections without even knowing it—it follows several popular walking/hiking areas in town that already existed—and this weekend I added one more (on purpose). I took my puppy hiking on a 1.7 mile section that runs from Skyline Parkway to Twin Ponds through Enger Park. It was a lot of fun and my 7-month-old puppy absolutely loved it. Continue reading 24th Avenue to Twin Ponds