Category Archive: hiking

The Magic of the 100th Meridian: Byebye Humidity, Hello Badlands

In the late 19th century, explorer John Wesley Powell wrote at length about the dividing line that separates the humid growth of the eastern U.S. from the arid sparsely-vegetated land of the west.… Continue reading

Weekend in Minneapolis

After we finished our second week of building in Wisconsin we packed a couple bags and headed to Minneapolis for the weekend. Neither Tom or I had been there before but Tom had… Continue reading

Local Explorations of the St. Croix Falls Area: The Ice Age Trail, Boat Tour of the Wisconsin Dalles, and the Potholes Trail in Interstate Park

Though we were building in the small town of Luck we camped at the fairgounds in the town of St. Croix Falls, 15 miles to the south. Lucky for us the campground was… Continue reading

7 Kinds of Mushrooms, 5 Waterfalls, 3 Happy Dogs, 1 Bullfrog, Tons of Thimbleberries, Way Lots of Mud, and an Ungodly Amount of Mosquitos: Hiking the North Country Trail to Black River Harbor

As I mentioned in my last post, we spent our first day with Teri and Grey hiking a segment of the North Country Trail. This 6 mile (one way) section cuts through mature… Continue reading

Visiting Teri and Grey in the UP and Some Northwoods Adventures

Our destination after crossing the border from Ontario was Marquette, Michigan where Tom’s cousin Ken and wife Geri live. We visited them 3 summers ago when we did our tour of Lake Superior… Continue reading

Waterfall Heaven: Chutes Provincial Park

Chutes was our last stop in Ontario before crossing back into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The small park contains the section of the Aux Sables River that runs through a series of… Continue reading

Onaping High Falls and the Shoreline Discovery Trail

Our visits to Onaping High Falls and the Shoreline Discovery Trail were both half day adventures added into our tour of Lake Huron’s northern coast. Our time in Ontario was bookended by visits… Continue reading

Manitoulin Island: Clear Water, Lighthouses, Ancient Seabeds, Breweries, and a Waterfall

We had a day and a half to explore Manitoulin Island. As the largest freshwater island in the world we didn’t exactly do it the justice it deserved, but we ended up feeling… Continue reading

Afternoon Walk Around Tar Vat Bay and the East Killarney Lighthouse

After we’d done our morning hike of The Crack I dropped Tom off at the campsite and headed a few miles to Tar Vat Bay located on the eastern side of the peninsula.… Continue reading

Hiking The Crack: Killarney Provincial Park, Part 2

The next morning was overcast as we set out to hike The Crack Trail. Before I get to the trail however I have to take an aside to mention that my inspiration for… Continue reading