This cabin guards entry into the United States. It lies a literal stone’s throw from the Canadian border, and is my private home away from home. I call it “The Pigeon,” because it lies on the famously historic Pigeon River near Grand Portage, Minnesota. It is very difficult to travel to, but once you’re in … More My Secret Cabin Deep in the Wilderness
It was a BBC day. Hitting all three critical areas is essential for the unemployed, and keeps spirits high. Brains Brawn Commerce All three are vital. At 5:00 am I arose to nearly complete chapter 9 of my upcoming book, which is about growing up in a crazy house filled to the brim due to … More Alex Laveau and Munger Trail Extravaganza! Also, BBC is the best rx for the unemployed.
About twice a year I have the opportunity to visit one of my best friends, Dan the Man. We don’t take these times for granted, and try to make certain they are epic. Recently we rubbed shoulders over a 21 hour period, which will go down in history as one of our best times of … More 21 of the Best Hours Ever Spent. BIKE – EAT – RUN Triathlon.
We’ve rounded the bend and are into the second half of winter. Temperatures are moderating. Daily highs in the teens and twenties will become more common. We are also seeing more of our old pal the sun, which is well into its march toward the spring equinox. Unfortunately, many among us have allowed persistent wind … More A Prescription for Winter Malaise
This weekend I just returned from my annual trip with friends spent in a backcountry cabin. Previously we’d ski in 6 miles through the backcountry to a secret abandoned shack up in border country, but recently we’ve gotten more posh. This year we rented a remote cabin in the Porcupine Mountains in the U.P. of … More Fabulous Porcupine Mountains!
There were no screaming crowds or bands playing as we completed our trip down the Munger Trail from Duluth to Hinckley, and then when we returned home the next day the crowds didn’t turn out on the other end of the trail either. The Munger Trail is only 70 miles from Duluth to Hinckley, Minnesota, … More What Does 172 Miles in 2 days get you? A sore butt……
Here’s my latest column for the paper. While the particulars are local, the principles are universal methinks…. This evening my family and I returned from a disastrous hiking trip to the Lake County Demonstration Forest, which ultimately was salvaged in the end by ice cream and Lake Superior (our two aces in the hole in … More Salvaging Disaster and Making Memories
Here’s a past column about one of my favorite adventures last fall… This week I found myself belly up to the bar in Finland, at a place called Our Place, downing one of the finest cold ones I’ve ever had (nearly a full pitcher of it). I had ambled in with a buddy who was … More Freewheelin’ it to Finland
I never miss an opportunity to be a picnic evangelist, so I’ve rolled this old column out of the archives with the hopes that you’ll enjoy one where you live soon. With this experience I especially enjoyed combining cultural history, exercise, relaxation together as a family, and good food…. One of the finest family adventures … More Recovering The Lost Art of Picnicking
This morning I couldn’t sleep, and got ready for work a bit early. I was ready 15 minutes before I needed to be working (I’m a telecommuter for “The Man”). A storm was approaching, with powerful winds charging off the Lake that I could feel in my bones. When this happens I get more excited … More Tillie the Wonderdog, Angry Lake Superior, and Captain Underpants!