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With the poodle Archives - Page 3 of 3 - Best North Shore Archive - Best North Shore - page 3

With the poodle

The trails, the trails are calling
April 22, 2009 by Andrew Slade

The trails, the trails are calling

Is it the deep basso profundo of a North Shore waterfall over ancient basalt, tumbling and transforming winter's white snow into cataclysmic roaring white foam?Is it the song sparrow's call, that high note repeated three times for your attention, followed by sweet improvisation?Maybe it's the bark of the poodle, who knows it's time to let loose on a wild lakeshore trail, like she did last spring at Eighteen Lake, up by Isabella.Danny boy, the trails, the trails are calling.The snow is melting, the trails are muddy as all get out, but in days I'll be out there. I have about … read more


Women who run with the wolves
April 12, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Women who run with the wolves

It was March 1992. I could hear the wildness in her voice. My lovely wild wife, on the phone. She had been out on the ski trails outside Ely and was calling me at work. Deer hair on the ski trail. Spine tingles. Wolf scat. Fresh steaming deer carcass in the middle of the trail. Invisible eyes in the forest trained on her. The women in my life run with the wolves. Sally runs with the wolves. And now, so does our poodle Chloe. Now here we are in April 2009. How lovely it is to ski across a frozen … read more


Ski season’s over: when will I get it?
March 27, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Ski season’s over: when will I get it?

What will it take for me to get the message? THE CROSS COUNTRY SKI SEASON IS OVER. FINIS. FERTIG. KAPUT. Maybe it's the tree down across the ski trail at Piedmont. Or maybe it's the poodle right there where skiers should be. Or maybe it's the fact that I'M WALKING.Maybe I should take a closer look at the FROZEN PUDDLE here at this trail intersection. The orange sign says "No Skating Beyond This Point," and IT DOESN'T MEAN ICE SKATING. DOOFUS. It means NO MORE SKIING BEYOND TODAY. But...but......aren't those two little parallel tracks there on the side? They are … read more


Back to Plato’s cave
March 10, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Back to Plato’s cave

Have you heard of those books "1000 things to do before you die?" Or maybe you saw the movie "Bucket List"? There are things we should all do at least once before we shuffle off this mortal coil. Reading Plato might be one of them, though the things to do are generally more cool places to see. Going to the ice caves by Cornucopia, WI is one of those things you just definitely do or see, at least for us here in the north.In Plato's allegory of the cave, we're all supposed to be in this cave with images projected … read more


The dog says go. Now.
November 19, 2008 by Andrew Slade

The dog says go. Now.

It's reached a new low. Chloe the psycho poodle will now march into our home office and grab the sleeve of my jacket. Right when I'm trying to use the mouse for something very important, like a database or a file format change. Then she barks and stares. It's time to go. You will take me for a walk now. That piddly stroll to the bus stop was not enough. Go. Now. Chloe does not respond to reason. She does not understand it when I say, "Give me five minutes." It is now or never; there is no "later" or … read more


Prewinter Piedmont Poodle
November 4, 2008 by Andrew Slade

Prewinter Piedmont Poodle

Now is the time to get out on those favorite ski trails...for a hike. I hit our local neighborhood Piedmont ski trails yesterday with Chloe, our psychotic standard poodle. It was great to be out on a familiar trail. But things are a bit different when there's no snow on the ground. Or when you have a dog along.Yes I let the dog off the leash. She loves running off leash, but right away she's breaking the rules, going the wrong way on a one-way trail!Turns out the benches are a lot higher when there's no snow on the ground:And … read more


On the road
October 21, 2008 by Andrew Slade

On the road

We drove from Ely to Duluth along Highway 1 the other day. There's some woozy curves along the way, especially woozy for kids in the back seat. I guess Noah wanted some fresh air, or he'd been inspired by the poodle, but he seemed to be enjoying the cool fall air and the breeze as we passed near Isabella.When Noah grins like this, my whole world lights up. … read more


Walking in the rain
September 22, 2008 by Andrew Slade

Walking in the rain

A wise person, eager to sell outdoor gear, once told me, "There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." When it comes to day hikes in the rain, I'd have to agree.If I'm just out for an hour or two, I love hiking in a light rain. I love how the smells come out of the earth and the trees, and I like the muffled sounds and the atmosphere of gray and dark. The appropriate clothing is a decent rainjacket that keeps the bulk of the rain off of you, and some fleece underneath the jacket and maybe a warm … read more