Need a fun resolution for the New Year? How about resolving to take a new North Shore adventure? Resolve to hike or ski or paddle somewhere you haven't been.
There are so many great trails on the North Shore, for hiking, skiing, even for paddling. After twenty-five years of exploring the North Shore, I still haven't done it all. Here are a few things I RESOLVE to do in 2011.
I resolve to ski the whole Picnic Loop in one outing. The Picnic Loop runs through the heart of the amazinging terrific Sugarbush trail system, and is either 23 or 25 kilometers long depending on where you start. Back before skate skiing and machine trail grooming, it would take the average skier half a day to do the loop, requiring a picnic lunch.
The map above is from our fine book, Skiing the North Shore. Nowadays skate skiers do the 24 kilometer loop in under two hours, putting the whole "picnic" concept aside. But as a pokey classic skier, I'll need at least four hours to do the loop, complete with the "classic" lunch break.
This summer, I resolve to paddle my sea kayak on the North Shore three times. I've kayaked the Apostle Islands, Pukaskwa National Park, and Nipigon Bay, but for the last eight years my sea kayak has sat in the back yard gathering spiders and sand. I need to take it out again. It's too late to paddle through the sea arch at Tettegouche, but that rugged shoreline will be one of my day trips, for sure.
The Lake Superior Water Trail runs from Duluth to Grand Marais and beyond, using a combination of public access points and designated campsites. The Minnesota DNR is the best source of information about paddling on the North Shore; be sure to check out their excellent maps.
What are your North Shore resolutions??
Thanks to the bloggers at the Salt Lake Tribune for this idea...and good luck to them!