Faraway fun

Welcome back, Moab Man
May 3, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Welcome back, Moab Man

Last February we had a bad car accident here in Duluth. We were all packed up for a week in Ely and headed out of town when a woman ran a red light in downtown and t-boned our Honda CRV. Almost three months later, we're still nursing some injuries. One of the sadder parts of the whole thing was losing the car and its memories, including the sticker of the Moab Man pictograph.At least one part of our recovery is complete. After wrassling with the insurance agency over the value of the old car, we bought a new (used) CRV … read more


Yield to the trail
April 13, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Yield to the trail

A good trail gives you comfort. There's a reason those blue blazes on the Superior Hiking Trail are called "assurance markers." The SHT is well-marked and easy to follow, but it's still comforting to see those rectangles of paint.Today I hiked five miles through Canyonlands National Park on the Neck Spring Trail, up in Island in the Sky. The first quarter mile of the trail was very hard to follow. The route ran on slickrock and vandals had knocked down many of the cairns. I felt unsettled. It was not enjoyable. If I'm hiking, especially if I'm hiking alone, I … read more


Grand Portage: "I’d rather be here than anywhere."
March 19, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Grand Portage: "I’d rather be here than anywhere."

Grand Portage National Monument just announced some great news for North Shore explorers. Entrance to the national monument is now free. It wasn't expensive before...$3 per person, $6 per family. Park Superintendent Tim Cochrane said in a news release, " In these tough economic times, it made little sense to charge fees that kept visitors from coming." That gets you into the reconstructed fort and into the cool new heritage center.So plan this summer to head to the far end of the Minnesota North Shore and experience some history. Haul a pack of furs at the voyageur encampment. … read more


4 really good reasons to hike the Grand Portage trail
October 10, 2009 by Andrew Slade

4 really good reasons to hike the Grand Portage trail

#1It's a really well-maintained trail through lovely boreal and subboreal forest.#2It's part of the National Park Service, and after watching 10 hours of the Ken Burns documentary, you gotta get to a park now.#3You have a daughter named Charlotte, and she says you gotta hike to her own Fort, 17 miles notwithstanding.#4You can not pass up the chance to see a 3D map of the route AND look like Roy Orbison at the same time. Seriously, it's a nice trail and will only get nicer this fall as the leaves come off the trees and the views open up of … read more


North Woods death march
March 18, 2009 by Andrew Slade

North Woods death march

Noah and I went to Washington DC this last week and had a great time walking to the monuments, the White House, and a few museums. When Noah announced on Day Two that he didn't like walking and he didn't like museums, it was time for a new plan. On Sunday we rented a car and drove north out of town. We crossed over some relic Appalachian mountains and through a 18th century village founded by Daniel Boone's cousins (sure sign that we were headed for the wilderness). We even crossed the Appalachian Trail. But I didn't realize how far … read more