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
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
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
January’s Something New is one of my favorites. Husband foresaw a future of packed weekends for a very long time, and since he’d been working so hard he decided that we needed to get away… right NOW. So we packed up the booze and the puppy and headed north to Bluefin Bay. Continue reading Weekend Getaway
August came and went pretty quickly, and as September crept into its second week we realized we had not done anything new! So we were going to have to do two new things in September. But then Husband remembered that we had, in fact, done something new without even realizing it. Continue reading Betty’s Pies
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 was on my own for the 4th this year so I decided to head up to Tettegouche State Park, where I had never been before, to do some hiking. It’s about an hour and a half drive north from Duluth and both Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Light House State Parks are on the way. Up until then I had only been as far north as Split Rock Lighthouse so this would be an adventure! Continue reading Three Minnesota State Parks in One Day
Not a lot of rain with this one, but a healthy dose of wind! A follow-up to March 26th’s storm, this one wasn’t as intense, but at least it happened during daylight hours and includes a couple of surfers!
Hello everyone! I’m writing today with the hopes that everyone who sees this will respond in a big way.
I’m going to start off with some numbers.
- 4000 children are sexually exploited in Minnesota every year.
- 350 Native American girls were victims of sex trafficking over a 4 year period – that only includes those who have spoken up
- “For every one [sex trafficking victim] that you hear about there’s probably seven to 10 that you don’t.” – Lt. Scott Drewlo, Duluth Police Department
- 1 in every 3 Native American women will be raped at some point in their lives
- 14 years old is the average age of most sex trafficking victims in the U.S.
- Victims are forced to have sex an average of 2000 times a year.