Along the Shore
Relaxing on the St. Louis. | BARB AKER
Duluth—Efforts to clean up and restore the mighty St. Louis River are showing progress.
“The projects to restore the river have a positive economic impact,” said Kris Eilers, executive director for St. Louis River Alliance, a non-profit organization that works in the
A mainland red squirrel at Isle Royale. | EMILY STONE
Isle Royale—Besides its significant natural beauty and storied history, the most notable thing about Isle Royale is, of course, that it’s an island. So, during our first day of hiking north on the Greenstone Trail, we made sure to ask everyone we met “How did you get here?”
Berry picking is one of summer’s sweet rewards. Blueberries are the best known wild crop, but a bounty of berries are available. The picking begins in June, when the wild strawberries appear, and continues through the first frosts of October, which sweeten the high bush cranberries.
Chanterelles are a powerful distraction. In July, I spend hours walking through the woods and staring at the ground, oblivious to mosquitoes and horseflies, in search of the butter-yellow mushrooms. And I find what I seek. Nearly every night we have butter-sautéed chanterelles for supper. And yes,
Outdoor entertaining is all about getting together with friends and family. Whether you spend the day cooking, eating, chatting or pitching a game of horseshoes, there are some basic items needed for a successful outing.
Shelter: If you’re fortunate enough
North Shore—Everyone knows the tropical rainforest and other faraway lands are flush with strange and fascinating insects. But there are some unusual and exotic insect residents here in the Northern Wilds too, like the forked fungus beetle.
Most people have never heard of it