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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


So there is something in Nebraska after all

Nebraska was always a place I really disliked. Having driven through it twice to get to Colorado and California, it was the least interesting, most boring, and most likely to cause lead-foot-syndrome place I’ve ever been. Apparently, I was speeding right past the good parts on the long, straight I-80. Continue reading So there is something in Nebraska after all

Superior Hiking Trail: Magney-Snively to Bardon’s Peak

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

Scenic State Park

Last weekend I drove up to Scenic State Park, about 2 hours northwest of Duluth, with my dog to bask in the glory of peak-season fall colors. I had checked the Minnesota DNR’s website to see where the best colors were happening and was pleased to find out one of the state parks I hadn’t been to yet was smack-dab in the middle of it. Continue reading Scenic State Park

Grand Traverse 2015

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

Madeline Island

For September’s Something New we visited Madeline Island, just offshore from Bayfield, WI. We actually did several new things this weekend so if we miss a month in the future, this month can make up for it! Ferries, mopeds, burned down bars and island time. There could be no better way to spend a weekend. Continue reading Madeline Island

Temperance River State Park ice-capped boulders

Temperance River State Park

On a recent spontaneous weekend getaway we took a day trip to Temperance River State Park. We meant to just walk a little with the dog on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail, but ended up hiking all over the place. This was probably ill-advised since neither of us had hiking shoes on, it’s January, and the temperature was falling steadily, but who cares? Live in the moment, right? Continue reading Temperance River State Park

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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Tree with three holes in the side

Great River Bluffs State Park

Every year we go camping with my extended family. There’s usually around 10-15 people there so we have been getting group campsites when we can. This year we picked Great River Bluffs State Park near Winona, MN. The key reasons we picked it were that it is somewhat equidistant from all of us, there are hiking trails, and the group sites were actually available. Last year we went to Perrot State Park, close to nearby Trempealeau, WI. I gotta say, the hiking is better on the MN side 🙂

Hiking trail in Great River Bluffs State Park

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