Posts Tagged ‘camping’

Easter Break Adventure

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

One of the perks of going to a Catholic school, is that you get an outstandingly long Easter break! This year, taking advantage of the warm weather, we went on a little camping adventure by one of Minnesota’s thousand (and something) lakes. I packed all my gear (including the tent I recently bought from Outdoor Pursuit in their last gear sale), and headed to the country side. We took the public bus, and then hiked to our camp site; it is quite convenient to have free public transportation in the Duluth area (courtesy of CSS)—we were able to just hike to our campsite from the end of the line! 

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Camping!

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Last night we went camping. I recently bought a tent at the Outdoor Pursuit gear sale, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to go camping in the snow for a while. Now that it was barely below freezing and it had just snowed a lot last week, I found the perfect occasion! I was concerned the pads would not isolate us enough from the snow, but I found that for the most part they did. There was some condensation build up between the pad and the sleeping bags (which was to be expected), but the tent held up beautifully! I’m already looking forward to try it in a longer backpacking trip. For now, I can only say that being so close to nature is, without a doubt, one of my  favorite things about Duluth!

Temperance River State Park

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

My younger brother and his girlfriend recently made the trip north from central Illinois to Duluth, MN for a few days. We camped at Lamb’s Resort in Schroeder, MN and made the most of the next day. We checked out Temperance River State Park, Carlton Peak, Sven & Ole’s, Stone Harbor Outfitters, and Oberg Mountain. We covered some serious mileage on highway 61, park trails, and the superior hiking trail. It was a nice little get away and reminded me about the beauty of the area around Duluth, MN!

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Camping Time

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Late to be recent, but I still have to tell the story! The week before CSO, I drove up to Duluth to go camping with my boyfriend. We reserved a few weeks ago a camping spot up near Grand Marais, at Cascade River State Park. I’ve never been camping before, so I was pretty nervous, but at the same time it was my idea to go! I was just getting over a cold, so we cut our trip from two nights to just one. We had a good drive up the North Shore about 2 hours before we got to the camping ground, so we were pretty wiped. I let my boyfriend set up the tent while I napped in the car. When we decided to go check out Grand Marais for a little bit, he backed into a ditch! So we spent an hour trying to get help to get it out. Moral of that story, AAA has a hard time finding people close enough to that area and you may not get cell reception; be prepared! Once we got out we had an amazing time in Grand Marais and just sat by the water talking. In the morning we got to finally explore the park and the views were INCREDIBLE. I sadly don’t have any pictures because my phone had died. As you hike down the river, you realize it eventually leads straight out the lake. It literally is at lake level and so are you, it’s almost like an infinity pool into the lake. I will be going back this weekend and will take pictures! Overall it was a fun trip, and I’ve realized camping is an inexpensive way to see Minnesota. Next summer I will have lots more trips planned along the shore.

To Be On Trail

Friday, August 26th, 2016

To be on trail is the closest thing I know to traveling abroad, truly. I have never traveled outside of the United States, and I have always traveled to places like Colorado and Florida with family. Come September, I will be flying to London by myself. Yes, there are other students from The College of St. Scholastica going there to study as well, but I will be flying there alone. My hope is to learn as much as I possibly can by being away from home, being away from the culture I have always know, and being introduced to new ideas and world views. This is how my camping and guiding trips relate to traveling abroad. When I am on trail, I have to adapt to the environment and the conditions that surround me. I am often faced with experiences that force me outside of my comfort zone, but I find a way to persevere. I do not have the comfort of home, my bedroom, and all of my things while out there. I am simply with the world and those who are along, and I am reminded of the beauty and wholeness of simplicity. I look forward to the experience that awaits in London.

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