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Deer season hike #1: Corundum Point
November 1, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Deer season hike #1: Corundum Point

For the next two weeks, it will be deer season on the North Shore and throughout Minnesota. 500,000 hunters will take to the woods and do their part to reduce the voracious deer herd. Thank you, deer hunters: every deer you shoot leaves hundreds of white pines and cedar trees free to grow. For the other three million Minnesotans who are not out deer hunting this week, the great outdoors is still open. Grab your blaze orange cap and vest and head on out. Here's a great fall hike that's in a hunt-free zone: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park between Lake Superior … read more


Capturing the essence of fall
September 29, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Capturing the essence of fall

It's the peak of fall colors on the North Shore. I am so glad photographers like Travis Novitsky (above) are out there capturing the ephemeral season. This is his fantastic picture from the Superior Hiking Trail west of the Caribou Trail.Fall colors can seldom be wrapped up into a single frame. It's an experience, not an image. Fall is turning the corner on the Cramer Road and passing through a glowing tunnel of firelit maple. It's the smell in the woods of rot and renewal in the forest astride Leveaux Mountain.Fall is a cool drink of water during a long … read more


The man who knew too much
September 27, 2010 by Andrew Slade

The man who knew too much

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. On Sunday, I knew just enough about the North Shore that I made all the wrong moves.This weekend was probably one of the busiest weekends on the North Shore of the entire year. Tourists flock to the shore for the fall colors and for events like the Crossing Borders studio tour. Crowds of hikers head for the fall color favorites like Oberg Mountain or the Lutsen gondola.What about the Slade-Rauschenfels family? Could we join the crowd and enjoy those greatest hits? Naw, I'm the expert. Couldn't I find the best fall color destination … read more


Hike the REAL North Shore
September 13, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Hike the REAL North Shore

Hiking is never just about getting from Point A to Point B. Mike Link and Kate Crowley know that very well. In fact, they are just going from Point A (Duluth) back to Point A (Duluth), the long way around Lake Superior.To get from the eastern edge of Cascade River State Park to the Cascade River itself, there's an easy way, a moderate way, and a difficult way.Easy is to follow Highway 61, the straight line cutting across the map above. Walking on Highway 61 is stressful and dangerous, with big trucks and fast cars roaring by.Moderate is to follow … read more


A North Shore deck for everyone
June 10, 2010 by Andrew Slade

A North Shore deck for everyone

There's a deck with a view waiting for you at Gooseberry.On most lakes, the best part of your own private estate is the dock down by the water. Docks are useless on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Unless they are made of tons of concrete and are in a protected bay, the big lake will take them away.Instead of a dock, the best part of your own private North Shore estate is your deck. Many a fancy gathering has been on a North Shore deck, many an inspirational journal entry written.There are three terrific, gorgeous, brand new North Shore … read more


All those waterfalls, going to waste
May 6, 2010 by Andrew Slade

All those waterfalls, going to waste

I came across this image from a 1913 edition of the Duluth News Tribune today. Note the incredible caption, about this beautiful waterfalls and its 75,000 horsepower "going to waste."The relevant part of the article reads:"Within the very lap of Tofte there is 125,000 electrical horse power undeveloped. Temperance River Falls, three miles west, that has 75,000 horsepower, owned by Fletcher Brothers of Minneapolis, who signify an intention of developing it for operating pulp mills and for furnishing electrical lighting for Tofte. Then there are the Cascade Falls just east of Tofte that has 50,000 horsepower going to waste. Both … read more


The King of Inertia at Gooseberry Falls
March 22, 2010 by Andrew Slade

The King of Inertia at Gooseberry Falls

"If there's one thing I don't like...it's excessive walking."Thus spake my own darling son, the Zen master of the North Shore, exalted in his Inertia. When we took off on the Falls Loop at Gooseberry Falls State Park this afternoon, he was reluctant to cross the bridge over the river because, after all, every step across that bridge he'd just have to turn around and walk back.But that is why we love loop hikes. As in the Falls LOOP. No sooner have you headed OUT than you're coming BACK.The falls were raging, spring melt-off underway. The trails were full of … read more


Pattison Park: Skiing the snowbelt
December 16, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Pattison Park: Skiing the snowbelt

In my last posting, I got a little carried away with the spiritual revelation I experienced skiing at Pattison State Park. In fairness to my readers and my mission of getting them out into the woods, I'm following up with the nitty-gritty details.Pattison State Park is twelve miles south of Superior on Highway 35, a.k.a Tower Avenue. You go through Superior's mall strip and through the town of South Superior, then past three or four Packers bars. The park entrance in on the left, just after you climb up a distinct ridge.You need to have a park vehicle permit to … read more


Staring down a midlife crisis at Tettegouche
November 5, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Staring down a midlife crisis at Tettegouche

The poodle and I went for a lovely and challenging hike this week at Tettegouche State Park, up the North Shore. Somewhere along the 11-mile hike, I stared down a midlife crisis.At the start of the hike, I felt young and fresh. I knew I could either hike on the ski trail or on the Superior Hiking Trail. And I knew the Superior Hiking Trail would be 1) much more difficult and 2) much more scenic. With great challenges come great rewards, right?So instead of hiking on the flat, smooth ski trail, I took it right to the steep and … read more


Tettegouche: The funny bits
November 3, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Tettegouche: The funny bits

I went for a lovely and very challenging hike yesterday at Tettegouche State Park. I took lots of pictures and will have some interesting, reflective posts here on the blog.However, I just had to put up pictures of these two signs. The first one, for the Cedar Lake Overlook, is missing just the right letters to have it turn into a Polynesian blessing: "E-dar A-ke O Er Ook." There is a scene in Finding Nemo, where the other fish in the fish tank at the dentist's office initiate Nemo into their tropical brotherhood. Their chant is just like this. Edar … read more