Finding My Sliver of the North

#48 of my 52 Hike Challenge Trail/Park: NorPine Ski Trail (Hall Road to Spruce Creek) I want to acknowledge this hike took place on the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ. Trash Collected: 0 pounds Each fall I have the blessing to spend a precious week on the North Shore of Minnesota at a little … Continue reading Finding My Sliver of the North

Road Trippin’ : Day Two

#31 and #32 hikes of my 52 Hike Challenge Trails/Parks: Monson Lake State Park and Glacial Lakes State Park Trash Collected: 0.5 pounds I want to acknowledge these hikes took place on the traditional territory of the Mdewakanton, Wahpekute and Očeti Šakówiŋ. Monson Lake State Park #31hike of my 52 Hike Challenge Trash Collected: .5 … Continue reading Road Trippin’ : Day Two

Recreate Responsibly : Prepping for Minimal Contact

Packing for a longer road trip takes into consideration all the possible camping scenarios. [Image: A gear shot of the back of Ruth's car, included gear are a blue and white cooler, tan Granite Gear backpack, 5 gallon water jug, bear valult, tent and other items underneath a brightly stripped towel.] A Socially Distanced Plan … Continue reading Recreate Responsibly : Prepping for Minimal Contact

Choosing to Stay Home

As I sit here considering all the posts I had planned for this month and beyond - gear reviews, trail reviews, my camper van adventure to the southwest U.S. - those things all seem a bit trite. I know I will get back to them, but for now I'm carefully considering the words I want … Continue reading Choosing to Stay Home

The Hike as Metaphor

#12hike of my 52 Hike Challenge Trail/Park: Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve One of the things I've written bit about is the role that solo hiking plays in life for me, but I haven't ever really gone deeper on it. It’s personal. Sharing that internal dialog lays bare the internal struggles between doing what feels good and … Continue reading The Hike as Metaphor