“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit”. – Edward Abbey
We left Thursday afternoon heading north for a weekend off the grid along the gorgeous, rugged north shore of Lake Superior. Lake Superior is known as one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world yet relatively few people outside of Minnesota know about the amazing beauty of this part of the world that is home to hundreds of miles of hiking, mountain biking and cross-country ski trails as well as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Growing up, my family performed this exact same ritual of packing up our car and heading “up north” for the third weekend in September to stay in Lutsen, Minnesota and enjoy family time together hiking, roasting marshmallows on the fire and enjoying the fall colors. This year, my husband and I decided to bring our children to Lutsen to experience this cherished childhood memory of mine. I got goosebumps last night when we pulled into the tiny lakeside resort where as a child, I had spent many long fall weekends embracing being off the grid and having only the solitude of nature and love of family to keep me entertained.
I look forward to the rest of our time here hiking and relaxing. In the meantime, in honor of today’s photo challenge “Grid” I captured these photos in lovely, quaint Grand Marais where we stopped for lunch before our afternoon hike.
Tomorrow we will hike Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota, and in my opinion the best hike in the entire state. I can hardly wait!