Along the Shore
By Chuck Viren
What happens when four geezers, aged 54-65, attempt to hike the third most difficult trail in Ontario?
Quite a bit of pain, and a lot of gain.
In early August, my wife Kathy McClure, friends Kevin Wallace and Phil Deering, and I boarded Keith McCuaig’s 30-foot custom built water taxi for a ride to the end of the Coastal Hiking Trail at Pukaskwa (pronounced Puck-a-saw) National Park in Ontario. For the next five days,
Leo spoils family selfie on Oberg Mountain, 2013. | ERIC CHANDLER
My kids and I have walked many miles together in the Northern Wilds. So, instead of lecturing you, I’ll let them take the floor first.
- Sam’s advice: “Pack a lunch and snacks that you like.”
I would even suggest pure bribery to include candy and chocolate.
Grand Marais—Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais is holding an Arboreal Writing Contest, open to all ages. Participants are asked to submit a 300 word, tree-inspired story—fiction or nonfiction. Manager Gwen Danfelt provided a short story of her own.
Fencing is available at reduced cost to help landowners protect tree seedlings from hungry deer. | SUBMITTED
The North Shore Forest Collaborative (NSFC) is providing low-cost fencing materials to private landowners who plant conifer seedlings on their North Shore property. The fencing prevents deer from eating the newly planted trees. Last spring, 38 participants planted
Duluth—Bryan French’s job fell victim to some budget cuts at the University of Minnesota – Duluth (UMD) a few years back. He brainstormed his next move with Tim Bates, a staff member in the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program at UMD.
Bryan French told the origin story.
Grand Marais—I’ll be frank; when I first received this assignment, I thought, ‘fantastic! This should go smoothly.’ I planned to research canoes and kayaks, and write the article so that an absolute beginner could read the piece, then simply pick one and get started.
Then I met Jack Stone.