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A Weekend Off the Grid

“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.

Highway 61 Lake Superior

Heading north on Highway 61 along Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota.

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.

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais, Minnesota

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!

22 comments

  1. Off the grid indeed! What a great take on the challenge this week. The colours in those clouds! Incredible. Thanks for being ‘off the grid’ – we all need to do that from time to time and love the quote at the top. Thank you.

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  3. Great shots! I reckon they really capture the calm of a sneaky weekend away! We took one last weekend up to Kalbarri (in WA, Australia) and it felt far less restorative than yours looked.

    • It was so nostalgic! Now my little girl wants a pair of hiking poles like her big brother and mom. Hoping I have some future hikers coming along with me someday! πŸ™‚

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