Category Archives: North Shore

A Weekend of Hiking and Snowshoeing

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

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Sheltering from the Storm

One of the things my husband and I love to do is to head down to the Lake when it’s angry. When the winds and waves are high and a storm is rolling in (or in progress), Lake Superior is quite impressive and being on its shores is invigorating. About a week ago a storm came in and the waves were rolling over the walls of the piers. It’s always humbling to be so close to such uncaring power. Continue reading Sheltering from the Storm

The Clouds Roll by and the Fog Moves In

The weather in Duluth, Minnesota has been absolute crap lately. Nothing but clouds, rain and fog for a week. But tonight, just for a few minutes, the clouds, fog and sunset conspired to be stunning. I took some photos, which, of course, don’t do it justice, but here they are none-the-less. Continue reading The Clouds Roll by and the Fog Moves In

2015 Apostle Islands Ice Cave Trip

Living in Duluth has its perks. One of them is being within day-trip distance of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Last year was the first time since 2009 that Lake Superior froze safely enough to allow visitors to the ice formations that take over the sandstone cliffs. We were among the first visitors last year, and we made sure to go “opening day” this year too. Continue reading 2015 Apostle Islands Ice Cave Trip

Grandma’s Marathon

No, we did not run, we just watched. We hit several major viewing points to cheer on my brother-in-law, who finished in 4 hours 28 minutes. Not bad for someone’s first marathon!

Grandma’s Marathon attracts thousands to the Twin Ports area every June and is a qualifier for other major marathons. According to mtechresults.com in the 2014 race there were 6212 finishers and the average time was 4 hours, 14 minutes. I’m sure there are very good reasons why the race is held in June, but weather is not one of them. Continue reading Grandma’s Marathon

Ely's Peak 01

Ely’s Peak

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

Cove Point Loop, Superior Hiking Trail

Cove Point Loop

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.

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Reflection and Ice

Summer has finally arrived in Duluth and it didn’t come subtly! There is still ice on the lake but Memorial Day weekend brought on 80°F days. This photo was taken just before the summer weekend arrived when it was still in the 50’s.

Duluth reflected in iceburg-laden Lake Superior
The water is incredibly calm and would provide a mirror image of the surrounding city, were it not for the miniature icebergs lingering in the Lake.