Traversing Lutsen Mountians: Part 2

Traversing Lutsen Mountians: Part 2

Ready, set, hike! Sharing highlights & a pictorial of the second half of July’s Lutsen Mountains adventure. Click here to catch the first-leg details of this grand loop, which began at the Poplar River and stretched along the back side of Mystery Mountain. This excerpt shares images of lovely wildflower sightings, towering forests and curious rock formations as we scaled the summit of Moose Mountain then descended, winding our way to the lower Poplar River. It was a Superior day with ideal weather conditions, so much to explore and even more to appreciate about the beauty that surrounds us.

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Hiking Poplar River –> Moose Mt.: Part 1

Hiking Poplar River –> Moose Mt.: Part 1

Exploring a hidden stretch of the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) leading from Lutsen’s Poplar River along the backside of the Lutsen Mountain range has been on Eric’s bucket list for a few years. It’s about an 7 mile circuit along the Northern ridgeline, and given we’re not über trekkers, we were wishing for agreeable temps, little precipitation and few if any bugs! We finally tackled the adventure last month. Over the course of 3 hours, several granola bars and 100+ photos, we made it back to 142C. Given there were so many lovely vistas and souvenir snapshots, we’re dividing this adventure into two posts.

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MN Mix: Take Me With You

MN Mix: Take Me With You

There’s a mix of emotions in the air today. A year ago, Minnesota’s music legend Prince suddenly left a huge whole-note-sized hole in the hearts of fans around the globe. As I’ve been stirring up a quick Superior Trail Mix recipe for our North Shore trip to Lutsen next weekend, the radio spins all the favorite, fantastic and funky Prince mixes & music from past decades…I can’t help but feel pretty darn proud to call Minnesota home. Continue reading “MN Mix: Take Me With You”

Novemberance Hike

ZE&C b&w temperance

These guys. This photo, taken lakeside along Temperance River State Park, holds quite a bit of treasured love. The last few Thanksgiving weekends, we’ve tooled up to Lutsen to take a break from city life and to soak up the North Shore magic. Time to wander around, watch C-dog excitedly lead the way, skip rocks, count skips, dodge Superior spray, and then stop. Exhale. Give thanks.  Continue reading “Novemberance Hike”