Why I Pick Up Trash and Things I Learned as a Groundskeeper

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou I've put off writing this post for a while because its something that I am still sorting out.  What started as a simple challenge has become a journey to know more, do more and take a hard look … Continue reading Why I Pick Up Trash and Things I Learned as a Groundskeeper

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Roam if you want to… Women’s Winter Retreat at Roam Adventure Basecamp!

...Oh girl dancing down those [snowy] and [icy] trails Take it hip to hip, rocket through the wilderness... -Roam, The B-52's Back from a Winter retreat with Thrive Women's Outdoor Adventures! We got close to a foot of snow in parts of Northern Wisconsin, played in single digit temps and had the trails to ourselves. … Continue reading Roam if you want to… Women’s Winter Retreat at Roam Adventure Basecamp!

Solo Hiking in West Central MN | Lake Carlos, Glacial Lakes, and Monson Lake State Parks

The last month or so has felt like a shifting of gears....a combination of the seasons changing, and my body aging.   It happens every Autumn.  November is the longest month of the year... and I feel it setting in.   Instead of fighting this slowing down like I usually do, I'm trying to appreciate the transition … Continue reading Solo Hiking in West Central MN | Lake Carlos, Glacial Lakes, and Monson Lake State Parks

Minnehaha Falls to Pike Island, Fort Snelling State Park

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 10 miles DIFFICULTY Easy but very icy today (bring ice traction) DATE  March 24, 2018 MAIN FEATURES  53 ft Minnehaha Falls and Pike Island My 18th hike of the 2018 52 Hike Challenge started at Minnehaha Falls Regional Park.   One of Minneapolis' oldest and most popular parks features a majestic 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, and river … Continue reading Minnehaha Falls to Pike Island, Fort Snelling State Park

Snowshoeing on the St Croix River

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 2.5-3 miles DIFFICULTY Easy, with caution DATE  Jan 13, 2018 MAIN FEATURES Flat trail on a frozen river, use caution and traction devices. I have been taught to never trust a river, whether frozen or thawed...it is wild, dangerous and a tempting treat. I think there are more rivers in my future. Today’s adventure started at … Continue reading Snowshoeing on the St Croix River

Hiking Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge: Nine Mile Creek

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 5.5 miles DIFFICULTY Easy DATE  Jan 6, 2018 MAIN FEATURES Flat trail with views of the river and 9 mile creek. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1976 to provide habitat for a large number of migratory waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife species threatened by commercial and industrial development, and to provide environmental education, … Continue reading Hiking Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge: Nine Mile Creek

2017 Year in Review

On January 1st 2017, I started this blog, as a place to write about my outdoor adventures, learning experiences, failures and encourage others to get outside at any skill level. In 2017, I also challenged myself to ask, before starting or continuing various activities, "Does this make me feel strong? Or will this build strength?” … Continue reading 2017 Year in Review

Hike 52: Eagle Mountain-BWCA!

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 7 miles roundtrip DIFFICULTY Moderate DATE  December 9, 2017 MAIN FEATURES Highest Point in MN, Amazing views of the BWCA Wilderness, No wind, no rain Or winters cold can stop me, 'Cause you are my goal. There ain't no mountain high enough Ain't no valley low enough Ain't no river wide enough To keep me from getting to … Continue reading Hike 52: Eagle Mountain-BWCA!

Fall Hiking in Interstate Park

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 10 miles DIFFICULTY Easy with some elevation DATE  October 8, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Glacial Potholes, River Bluffs, St Croix River, Fall Foliage, Climbing Interstate Park is on the Western terminus of the 1,200 mile long Ice Age Trail. It gets it name from being located on both the shores of WI and MN, joined by the St … Continue reading Fall Hiking in Interstate Park

CureSearch Ultimate Hike – Superior Hiking Trail

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.       … Continue reading CureSearch Ultimate Hike – Superior Hiking Trail

Kinnickinnic & Willow River State Parks

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 4-8 miles (we did 4 miles in each park) DIFFICULTY Accessible for all abilities (Kinnickinnic), Hills!  (Willow River) DATE  May 13, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Views of the St Croix River and a Waterfall/Swimming Hole Together again...Las Hermanas del Pino!  Hikes # 20 & 21 for the year started at Kinninckinnic State Park, just 10-15 scenic miles off of Hwy 94 … Continue reading Kinnickinnic & Willow River State Parks

Garden of the Gods

It is said that she’s made of storm cells And a wild wolf’s hungry heart, That she’s learned the lightning’s secret To ripping darkened skies apart.   The power of her presence Can bring the mountains to their knees, Her song is one of chaos As she stirs the angry seas.   But if you’ve … Continue reading Garden of the Gods

Clifton E. French Regional Park

  TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 1-9 miles DIFFICULTY Easy and accessible for all abilities DATE  Many times MAIN FEATURES  Medicine Lake, night time winter hiking, epic playground CLIFTON E. FRENCH REGIONAL PARK, or "French Park" is my go to park if I am limited on time and just want to get outside.  We fell in love with it when the kids were … Continue reading Clifton E. French Regional Park

52 Hike Challenge

Challenge accepted!  Just signed up for the 2017 52 Hike Challenge. If you are looking for a reason to get out more this year, get in shape or just brag about hiking 52 hikes...check it out! Lets go!  #52hikechallenge2017 #hike7 THE 52 HIKE CHALLENGE IS A GLOBAL MOVEMENT INSPIRING YOU TO TAKE A PERSONAL JOURNEY TO DISCOVER … Continue reading 52 Hike Challenge

Grand Marais!

The snow has melted and it's supposed to hit 60 degrees this weekend, so we headed up to Grand Marais in hopes of hiking a few more Hiking Club trails and dusting off our snowshoes.  We ran around the Grand Marais Harbor yesterday afternoon and enjoyed the town.  Ben Franklin, the fish taco at Hughie's … Continue reading Grand Marais!

Luminary Loppet

This weekend is the LOPPET...this Scandinavian word, like 'Uff Dah', always brings a smile to my face.  One of my all-time favorite winter traditions is the Luminary Loppet which is held on a  frozen Lake of the Isles in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis.   The Luminary Loppet is hard to describe, it's a little like being … Continue reading Luminary Loppet

Getting Started

Often people will tell me they want to get into hiking but aren't sure where to start.  Many of them are parents with little ones or those who just haven't been out in a while. If that’s you, or you are just looking for a place to start, here are a couple of tips and locations. … Continue reading Getting Started

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 5 miles DIFFICULTY Easy and accessible for all abilities DATE  April 3, 2016 MAIN FEATURES  Coon Rapids Dam, Bald eagles and accessibility for all abilities Three Hikes in one week! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty stoked that the weather has been so great! Today’s featured local hike is Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park … Continue reading Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Elm Creek Park Reserve

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 7 miles DIFFICULTY Easy and accessible for all abilities DATE  May 1, 2016 MAIN FEATURES  Trail Unicorns! Hope you all got outside this weekend and got your boots dirty! We were at Elm Creek Park Reserve  again yesterday, all 17 of us! We did a solid 5 miler about a week ago and returned for a 7 … Continue reading Elm Creek Park Reserve

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 7.5 miles DIFFICULTY Easy to moderate DATE  May 14, 2016 MAIN FEATURES  Horseback riding, close proximity to greater Minneapolis area This week’s hike took us just a short drive out of the city to Crow –Hassan Park Reserve in Rogers, MN! Crow-Hassan was recommended to me because it is one of the most “wild” of the … Continue reading Crow-Hassan Park Reserve