Friday, July 20, 2007

By The Water

Living in Minnesota gives me the opportunity for all sorts of outdoor experiences, especially when it comes to water. Minnesota is the "land of 10,000 lakes" after all. But its not only the lakes that are a draw for me.

I love hiking along the rivers, streams and creeks that feed into Lake Superior along the North Shore. The rushing rapids of the rivers and the crashing waterfalls contrasts with the quiet views of Lake Superior that come from the tops of the Sawtooth Mountains. (You didn't know that Minnesota has mountains, did you? Not huge, mind you, but there they are.)

Spending the last couple of days along the North Shore made me realize how much I miss living near so much water. It also made me realize that this summer's focus has been about being outdoors - camping at Gettysburg, hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains, kayaking, visiting the ocean, and of course hiking the waterways of the North Shore.

I've gotten a few emails and comments asking where I've been. With the wonderful weather lately, it has been hard to sit down and write when I have the opportunity to be outside. So, as long as the weather is great, I'll be out by the water.

8 comments:

BlessedBe said...

i grew up down in winona, bluff country is so beautiful! ive never been up north but ive heard so many great things! hopefully i will get the opportunity to go there soon. this summer ive been checking out all the parks in minneapolis. i want to go to theodore wirth park as they have an off road bike trail!!! blessedbe.wordpress.com

peppylady said...

We also have set of mountain called the sawtooth in Idaho.
It is south of were I live.

Kay said...

If the heat would drop below 98 degrees I'd be spending more time outside. Today is was 103.

I miss living in Michigan because of all the lakes. My hubby has family near Whitmore Lake in MI. Beautiful.

I do not, however, miss the mosquitos. ;-)

Grian/Lee said...

Oh, we'll miss your wonderful words. Enjoy the weather. As a matter of fact, it's about time I got off my tush and went outside today. It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon and the trees are dancing with the wind...

Gin said...

I used to live in Minnesota...

I resided in a wonderful old carriage house behind one of the old stately Victorian mansions on Summit Avenue in Saint Paul. I would often hike over to Grand Avenue to stroll up and down and explore its various shops, perhaps get a bite to eat, or join friends for a drink. I still have wonderful memories of my times there.

Minnesota is a beautiful part of the country, and when the weather is nice, everyone likes to be outdoors...so I can't blame you for skipping your blog and taking advantage of summer days to spend as much time out by the water as possible - I would do the same thing!

Do enjoy.

~ Ocean
Deaf Pagan Crossroads

Hrafnkell said...

I really miss Minnesota, and how close to nature I was even in a suburb of Minneapolis. The northern part of the state, the "Big Woods" I think the early settlers called it, is simply beautiful. It's been years since I was to the North Shore, but I'll never forget how beautiful it was. Truly a special state, and I'll always feel like a Minnesotan, wherever I live.

Matt Stone said...

Just checking in to see if you're back yet.

S. Nichole said...

:) Thanks, Matt.

I've been working on a couple of posts that should be up soon. I'll slowly be getting back into the swing of things here and get my blog up and running again.