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Spring waterfall season: 3 raging rivers to watch
April 29, 2014 by Andrew Slade

Spring waterfall season: 3 raging rivers to watch

Our winter snow is finally melting and water is plunging down the fabulous streams of the North Shore. Quiet and pretty summertime waterfalls are now muddy, raging torrents. It’s a great time to explore! … read more


Bonus season: take another lap around the ski trails
March 18, 2013 by Andrew Slade

Bonus season: take another lap around the ski trails

It's been an amazing month for skiing on the North Shore. Just when you think a thaw is around the corner, another 5-6 inches of snow comes out of nowhere, the temps drop, and the groomers carve out another perfect ski trail. … read more


A N’ice time on the North Shore
January 21, 2013 by Andrew Slade

A N’ice time on the North Shore

Recent cold temps on the North Shore have brought back one of my absolute favorite parts of living along this freshwater sea: jagged colors of ice and thick wafting clouds of sea smoke. Turns out that even though it was 14 below on the Park Point beach this morning, I could still use my little digital camera to take a few pictures. Climate change has meant that Lake Superior water is warmer than ever. Even with temps at double digits below zero in mid-January, the lake water resists that final nudge to ice. The lake water, about to finally freeze, … read more


Jay Cooke: Enjoying park in pieces
November 16, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Jay Cooke: Enjoying park in pieces

Jay Cooke State Park is a sprawling North Woods landscape etched in intricate detail by the St. Louis River. This last summer, the river rose out of its banks in Duluth's 500-year flash flood and gouged the park into pieces. The park will never be quite the same. But with a few detours in mind, park visitors can still have a great Minnesota State Park experience. Long story short, the flood cut the park up like a Thanksgiving pie, into four big pieces. It was cut north from south, and west from east. From Minnesota DNR The flood closed off the park entirely … read more


Duluth’s Amity Creek after the flood
September 14, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Duluth’s Amity Creek after the flood

When the great floods of June washed over Duluth, we all thought it was the end of our hiking trails as we knew them. I'm happy to report that many if not most of Duluth's hiking trails are back.  Compare the photo above with this video from the storm:  It sure helps that, after the flood we've had two months of below normal rainfall. Duluth creeks are all but dried up. I took the poodle out for a walk around Amity Creek last week. There's a great short walk from the playground area of Lester Park up one bank of Amity … read more



August 21, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Three things you have to do before summer is over.Fall is on its way. North of us in Ontario the aspen trees are already turning. Here are three things you could do on the North Shore, but if you can’t get down to Lake Superior, do these things anyway. They’re like in the frozen lake after a sauna...an experience you need in order to set your clock to the season. S'Mores stand at the State Fair One: Go to a festival. You just have to get somewhere where you can get shoved around in the crowd and buy … read more


North Shore funky blues
August 10, 2012 by Andrew Slade

North Shore funky blues

Organic blueberries ready to be picked, Shari's Berries, August 7, 2012 We went to Shari's Berries this week to pick blueberries. While it was raining heavily in Duluth and all the way up the expressway toward Two Harbors, as soon as we turned up Homestead Road and away from Lake Superior, we drove out of the rain. Typical Lake Superior "funk" (and I don't mean the musical style, just the cool, gray moist lake-effect so-called weather)The gray funky feeling stayed with us for berry picking. Shari herself met us at the gate and immediately started apologizing for the picking conditions. Maybe … read more


Beachcombing after the flood
June 25, 2012 by Andrew Slade

Beachcombing after the flood

The great flood of June 2012 is still receding, and we are just now grasping the full scale of its impact. While most of the attention is rightfully on the washed out roads and thousands of moldy wet basements, the trails enjoyed by North Shore hikers, bikers and nature enthusiasts have also suffered greatly. More details to come in a future post.Five days now after the rains, the first big chunks of debris have arrived on the Park Point beach here in Duluth. It's a tragic treasure hunt, sorting through all this stuff that was, until very recently, someone's backyard … read more