Outdoor Adventure → Minnesota Specific

No matter what you do for a living, I’ll bet you get a little burnt out at times, right? A little frazzled? A little too plugged in? Heck, that even happens to me and I live in the woods. Which is why a weekend getaway to unplug, unwind, and connect to the things that matter […]

The Perfect Minnesota Getaway

Think of these secret hikes I’m about to give you as short and sweet little gems of fall color! These are perfect for those driving up the Gunflint Trail in search of easily accessible yet quiet spots. Spots where locals who are “in the know” would go for a stroll. How secret is “secret”? *skeptical […]

3 Secret Fall Hikes of the Gunflint Trail

Have you ever seen pictographs? Better question, have you ever seen really clear pictographs? Often times you have to squint to really make out the images but not in Cache Bay! The pictographs on the east side of the bay are plain as day and make for a good excuse to plan a trip. My […]

Short BWCA Trip – Cache Bay Pictographs

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my outdoor experiences, it’s that I need relatively few gizmos, gadgets, gear, and clothing to feel happy and at home in the wilderness. However, here’s the caveat: those few items I need must be good quality, functional, and intentional! Quality I cannot frequently have my gear breaking or […]

My BWCA Camping Essentials

Back in March, my Uncle Terry who runs our sister camp, Camp Birchwood for Girls, asked me if I had any interest in leading a 5 Day BWCA trip for a group of seven girls and one co-leader. I believe my answer was, “heck yeah!” The plan was to do the Voyageur Highway, which was […]

5 Day BWCA Trip – Voyageur Highway

If you were given 24 hours, starting tomorrow at noon, to do whatever you wanted – what would you do with those hours? This is the thought I came out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) with yesterday. I’ve noticed there’s often a theme to every trip and this 24-hour trip’s theme was TIME. […]

How to Spend 24 Hours in the BWCA – Rose Lake Edition