Cascade River MinnesotaWe rarely take trips apart, but this was a journey that Sandra made on her own to attend the 2017 Outdoor Writers Association of America Conference as a featured speaker.

She flew into Duluth a little early to do some hiking on the Superior Hiking Trail, a very scenic segment of the North Country Trail in Minnesota, and then spent two days after the conference with a rental car, exploring Lake Superior’s North Shore along Scenic 61.

Rambling this remote, scenic region known as the “Scandinavian Riviera” let Sandra get in touch with her Scandinavian roots.

PLANNING RESOURCES: Visit Duluth | Superior Hiking Trail Association | North Shore Visitor | Visit Cook County | Explore Minnesota


Peace Garden at Enger Tower Finding Peace in a Garden - On a June trip to Duluth, the surprise discovery of a garden hidden in the woods along the Superior Hiking Trail at Enger Tower helped ease the pain of losing a loved one.
Cascade River waterfalls Minnesota’s River of Waterfalls - Where its namesake river drops 900 feet in three miles, Minnesota's Cascade River State Park is a dramatic place to take a deeply wooded hike along Lake Superior's North Shore.




Two Harbors

Superior Hiking Trail Association
Flood Bay Beach
Silver Creek Cliff Tunnel

Castle Danger

Split Rock

Superior Hiking Trail
Split Rock Overlook
Split Rock Lighthouse
Pebble Beach

Silver Bay

Black Beach
Tettegouche State Park


Cross River Falls


Lutsen Lodge

Grand Marais


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