TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 2 mile hiking club trail (can be increased to 6) DIFFICULTY Easy with rolling hills DATE July 4, 2018 MAIN FEATURES Sunny meadows, tall pine forests, swimming beach My morning started with cajoling my teenagers to come outside and play. It was too hot, they were too tired and they had friends to see. … Continue reading Moose Lake State Park
Part 2: The Mystery of …Forestville | Mystery Caves!
Welcome to part 2 of the Lake Louise/Forestville/Mystery Cave post! Here's part 1 in case you missed it! Perhaps no Minnesota State Park offers a greater variety of attractions than does Forestville /Mystery Cave State Park. The park is rich in both historical and natural resources including the 1853- 1910 townsite of Forestville, meandering blue- … Continue reading Part 2: The Mystery of …Forestville | Mystery Caves!
Lake Louise and Forestville Mystery Cave State Parks| Part 1
LAKE LOUISE STATE PARK TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 1.3 mile hiking club trail DIFFICULTY Easy and flat DATE June 22, 2018 MAIN FEATURES Iowa River and Lake Louise-blood thirsty mosquitoes I left work a little early on Friday to hike my 37th Minnesota Hiking Club trail and get a head start on meeting the Scouts at Forestville Mystery … Continue reading Lake Louise and Forestville Mystery Cave State Parks| Part 1
Field Trip to Winona, MN | Part 2: Carley State Park!
CARLEY STATE PARK TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 2 miles DIFFICULTY Moderate hills with water crossing DATE May 14, 2018 MAIN FEATURES River crossing, Virginia Bluebells in May After our visit to Enlightened Equipment to squeeze all of the quilts and meet the wonderful people who make them, followed by a hefty hike in Whitewater State Park, we decided to visit … Continue reading Field Trip to Winona, MN | Part 2: Carley State Park!
Field Trip to Winona, MN | Home of Enlightened Equipment and Whitewater State Park
Most of my hikes in May started early with the sunrise. When people ask me how I have time to hike, I tell them, you make time for the things you love to do...this means going to bed early and getting up before the sun sometimes. Setting goals for myself such as the … Continue reading Field Trip to Winona, MN | Home of Enlightened Equipment and Whitewater State Park
Backpacking and Day Hiking on the North Shore – Part 2: Split Rock, Palisade Head and George Crosby Manitou State Park.
How do you describe the beauty of a place where heaven and earth join seamlessly? Or the mind trap of telling yourself over and over again that this massive body is not the ocean or an endless sea? Or the magnetic-siren-pull of her waters that make you want to jump in and crash like … Continue reading Backpacking and Day Hiking on the North Shore – Part 2: Split Rock, Palisade Head and George Crosby Manitou State Park.
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
Fort Snelling State Park: 4 miler turned 10 miler
TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 4-10 miles DIFFICULTY Easy with a little ice DATE March 17, 2018 MAIN FEATURES Historic Fort Snelling and Pike Island My 16th hike of the 2018 52 Hike Challenge started at Fort Snelling State Park. It is a park that I have been to many times during all 4 seasons and can easily be modified … Continue reading Fort Snelling State Park: 4 miler turned 10 miler
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
First solo at Afton State Park’s best-kept secret!
TRIP DETAILS LENGTH N/A DIFFICULTY Easy with some elevation DATE October 20, 2017 MAIN FEATURES St Croix River, Fall Foliage, Remote camping On Friday, after a week of the “me too” movement, reading discouraging public responses to the Boy Scout announcement allowing girls in the program, this Outside Magazine article about women alone in the woods, and years of ‘helpful' … Continue reading First solo at Afton State Park’s best-kept secret!
Fall Hiking at 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 at Interstate Park
Afton State Park
TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 6.5 miles DIFFICULTY Easy to Moderate (hills) DATE Sept 30, 2017 MAIN FEATURES Training Hills, Prairies, Bluffs & the St Croix River I was a little surprised to see that I have not reviewed Afton State Park yet! It's my go to park when I want some hills and variety of terrain without driving very far … Continue reading Afton State Park
Myre Big Island State Park and Hennesey Hammock Gear Review
TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 8 miles (6.2 mile Hiking Club) DIFFICULTY Easy wide trails. DATE Sept 10, 2017 MAIN FEATURES Wildflowers, Pelicans, 16 miles of trail and sleeping on an island. This summer started out full of hiking in preparation for our trip to Glacier National Park and ended with weeks of biking, camping, kayaking and paddle boarding. It's been … Continue reading Myre Big Island State Park and Hennesey Hammock Gear Review
Hiking Minneopa and Flandrau State Parks
TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 10 miles (3 hikes in two parks) DIFFICULTY Easy wide trails. DATE June 10, 2017 MAIN FEATURES Bison, Minneopa Waterfall, Prairie views Today's post is a DOUBLE FEATURE and marks hike #25 of my 52 hike challenge, almost half-way there! I wasn't able to join the scouts camping this weekend, so I met them down at … Continue reading Hiking Minneopa and Flandrau State Parks
Isle Royale Part 2: Training Hikes
As promised, here is the follow up post to Part 1 with a few helpful tips on how we prepared physically for our trip! Our training locations were based the following: Sturdy trail, able to withstand a large group hiking on it Nearby for easy access Accessible to all levels since we would be focusing on distance and … Continue reading Isle Royale Part 2: Training Hikes
Backpacking in Isle Royale National Park: Part 1
I’m pretty stoked to finally get to share about our backpacking trip last year to Isle Royale National Park! There a ton of resources out there to help you plan your trip, but my perspective is of a thrifty Scout Leader that went with a large group of youth backpacking for a week. The trip went … Continue reading Backpacking in Isle Royale National Park: Part 1
What do 4,313 iPhone photos, 1,368 emails, the DNR and NPS have in common?
Who cares, let's go outside! I'm supposed to be working on a decluttering project tonight by going through my iPhone photos and exploding inbox. I'm terrible with cleaning up my phone...so, here I am procrastinating. As I look over at my empty backpack, hanging there, in the corner, staring at me...and I'm trying to sort through photos...I have to just give myself a few … Continue reading What do 4,313 iPhone photos, 1,368 emails, the DNR and NPS have in common?
Hiking Crow Wing State Park
TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 2.3 miles DIFFICULTY Easy DATE May 27, 2016 MAIN FEATURES Historic frontier town, Mississippi River, St. Francis Xavier Chapel Part 2 of our two for one Hiking Club Trail adventure took us from Charles A. Lindbergh State Park to Crow Wing State Park! Hiking Club Trail #21 & 22...only 46 trails to go! Crow Wing is a park … Continue reading Hiking Crow Wing State Park
Hiking Charles A. Lindbergh State Park
TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 2.5 miles DIFFICULTY Easy DATE May 27, 2016 MAIN FEATURES Pink Trilliums and Historic Lindbergh landing site Woke up this Friday of Memorial Day weekend, got the kids off to school, made a huge to-do list for myself and then decided to BURN IT DOWN (metaphorically, of course) and grab another Hiking Club Trail. Woke up a … Continue reading Hiking Charles A. Lindbergh State Park
Hiking Sakatah Lake State Park
TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 2.5 miles DIFFICULTY Easy, a few rolling hills DATE February 12, 2017 MAIN FEATURES Ice, ice baby. Biking and paddling in the Summer. Sakatah State Park is an 842 acre wilderness area on the shore of Sakatah Lake. The Hiking Club trail and other trails in the park are fairly short, but you will have access to … Continue reading Hiking Sakatah Lake State Park