Tuesday brought my sister-in-law and myself and our dogs hiking a section of the Superior hiking trail in to Jackson Lake. I had not been in there since they did the reroute of the trail. They took out a gorgeous overlook that is really red with all the maples.....but, some of the new route is pretty decent too. In fact, since we walk through so many maples anyway, I think parts of the reroute were a nice addition. The ruffed grouse were out and about this day so we got some of them as an added bonus and made out "bird" dogs happy.....as they each got some retrieving done.
On Wednesday, the three of us and our dogs were on the road again. We headed up the Gunflint Trail to part of the Border Route Hiking Trail that goes to Magnetic Rock. It is a bit of a different geological oddity and we had all been curious about it for a few years now and decided it was the time. It was cool in the morning and we dressed appropriately, in layers. Well, our frosty morning turned to mid 70s pretty fast. We were warm and down to tee shirts in a hurry. The dogs were looking forward to swims. Onward to the rock. The trail on this whole section is going over or by different rock forms. They are so interesting. I could put a lot of photos of the interesting rocks just on this trip in here. I guess that is another thing that makes living up here so interesting....the diversity of what we have to offer......
After we got out from our hike to Magnetic Rock, we had some hot dogs that wanted to cool off. The place available on the trail was a bog hole that made our yellow dogs come out black...muddy...dirty dogs....which we didn't want a repeat of just before getting back in our vehicle. So, leashes were put on to get by that water hole and back to the parking lot. Then, we headed down to Gunflint Lake for a picnic lunch and swims for our buddies. Boy, such happy dogs when we got there.
From an enjoyable lunch break in the warm sunshine, we headed back down the trail to the Clearwater Road and hiked up to Honeymoon Bluff. This hike is much shorter....though quite steep, it is well worth the hike. The colors were amazing and all the lakes were flat calm. There wasn't a ripple on them. What a view! Did I ever tell you we live in an amazing county?! Now that I am retired, I guess I will continue checking out the rest of what we do have to offer that I haven't quite caught up with all these years.
Thursday, brings clouds and rain squalls....no folks, we didn't get the snow here yet! However, Lake Superior was absolutely roaring today. Even Toby wasn't too anxious to get too close to those waves. The leaves are quickly disappearing and roads are littered with blowing popple leaves. Our beautiful fall days are nearly at an end for another season.
I will leave you with a view of Jackson Lake as seen from the Superior Hiking Trail....gorgeous spot. :)