Superior Hiking Trail- November 2006

We had a fine cool weekend to hike some of the sections of the SHT. Unfortunetly we picked hunting season and the trail north of Duluth was closed to hiking. The only people that could be in the woods had permits and were wearing orange!
We hiked in Jay Cooke State Park, which covers both public and private land. We did see some 'oranged blazed' animals here as well

We took a tour up the coast, north of Two Harbors, where the SHT offically starts, and visited some of the state parks it passes through. The weather was cold but clear and offered some excellent views

Badlands and Black Hills with Mom- September 2006

My Mother had never been to the Badlands. She flew into Rapid City to join me for a weekend of site-seeing. The land lived up to its name this weekend with cold, hard driving rain.

All 98 pounds almost blew off the moutain top.

We spent a stormy night in the small cabins, with slanted floors, operated by the National Park. the next morning the weather was better

I took her on a tour of the Black Hills. We had a fabulous time on the wildlife loop near Wind Cave. We stayed at the famous Game Lodge in the Park.

Our new friends, thought they would come in the car with us.

The final day at Mt.Rushmore was a great weather day and made for some great views of the President's. Mom was a great sport for the whole weekend.

The "Show Me State" flag

Great Smoky Mountain NP Trail Survey 1- August 2006

Christine had been asked by the Head of the Rangers in GSMNP to survey the trail and report on its condition for the crews that would work in the park for the next year. I begged to come along and assist (hold the pencil). This was my first real long distance hike. 5 days.

The views of the Smokies are beautiful

The diversity of this park is just amazing.
Walking here is very hard, as the terrain is rocky and lots of ups and downs.

It was very foggy and rainy on this trip and the smokies lived up to their reputation

The Sun did come out occasionally and Christine was always ready to go. She had just come off of a season at Konnarock Trail Crew and was in great shape

After the weather the night sky was always amazing

For me, the small life, is always the most amazing

The blackberries were an added bonus, great taste, if you could get to them before the Black Bear!

I have been facinated by shelters. I always imagined sleeping in them when we day hiked, now I was going to spend 5 nights in them.

Most are nice, some are not!

Most are put in very beautiful settings

In bear country you need to take special precautions, like hanging your food on bear lines high overhead at night

80 miles was a very tough hike, but it was very rewarding to finish.
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