Monthly Archive: October, 2015

Madeline Island and Big Bay State Park, Wisconsin

Madeline Island is the largest of the Apostle Islands and the only one not a part of the National Lakeshore. Located just a few miles from the mainland, the island is inhabited by… Continue reading

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Part 3: Kayaking the Sea Caves

Our kayaking experience at Apostle Islands was a definite favorite of the trip. The seven hour trip followed the mainland coast east from Meyer’s Beach past miles of sandstone cliffs punctured with awesome… Continue reading

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Part 2: The Lakeshore Trail

After seeing many of the islands from the water we were eager to see some of the mainland shoreline, in particular the sea caves. We started at Meyers Beach and took the Lakeshore… Continue reading

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Part 1: Cruising the Islands

Our first morning at the Apostle Islands Lakeshore we took a three and a quarter hour cruise that travels a total of fifty-five miles around many of the twenty-two islands. The Lakeshore, which… Continue reading

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, the Briefest Possible Stop at Gooseberry Falls State Park, Two Harbors, and Canal Park in Duluth

The picturesque, octagonal-towered Split Rock Lighthouse, was built after the disastrous November 1905 storm that claimed eleven lives and nine ships on the relatively small Lake Superior coastline of Minnesota, one of which… Continue reading

Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

Tettegouche was another fantastic state park on Minnesota’s North Shore. Centered around where the Baptism River meets the lake, the park features unique stretches of shore line where volcanic pink rhyolite cliffs abruptly… Continue reading

Temperance River State Park, Minnesota

It was cloudy and drizzly again when we arrived at Temperance River State Park but the rain cleared out pretty quickly as we started our hike up the Gorge Trail. We began from… Continue reading

Cascade River State Park and Sweethearts Bluff Nature Area, Grand Marais

Our second day in Grand Marais we took a run ten miles south on Highway 61 to see Cascade River State Park in the morning, timing our visit between rain showers. We walked… Continue reading

Artists’ Point and Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais turned out to be an extremely enjoyable stop. After weeks of mostly hiking we decided to set up in the city campground on the south side of the bay and just… Continue reading

Grand Portage State Park, Grand Portage National Monument, and Judge C.R. Magney State Park, Minnesota

After crossing the border from Ontario into Minnesota we made a few brief stops along Highway 61, hiked some short trails at two state parks and a national monument, and caught some great… Continue reading