Thursday, September 6, 2012

Mount Rose: September 1, 2012

After our 2.5 mile grueling up-and-down hike in Judge C.R. Magney State Park, we continued north towards the Canadian Border.  We stopped at Grand Portage National Monument, but decided not to actually go in.  We were planning a "frontier fort" visit for later in the weekend...although we can hike many trails in a short span of time, there is a limit to how much Frontier Life we can tolerate.

However, there was another activity option for Grand Portage National Monument.  We could...go on a hike.  From the top of Mount Rose, we would be able to see the actual Grand Portage through the trees.  Perhaps someday we'll hike the 8.5 mile trail from Lake Superior to Pigeon River, just like travelers did so long ago.  This day, however, I felt like a just a few more steps would result in me collapsing on the ground.

Joe, bless his soul, did a great job of talking me into going on a steep, mile-long hike not a few hours after being left jelly-legged at Judge C.R. Magney.  I could have stayed in the car and continued knitting.  But he knew that, deep down, I would regret not doing the Mount Rose Hike.

Pretty Straightforward.  Up we go.

Despite the steep trail, this was a much nicer hike than the Judge C.R. Magney hike.  The trees shaded us from the sun, and there was a nice cool breeze off the lake.  Every once in a while we would peek through the trees and get a glimpse of Grand Portage National Monument below.  There were stairs - but they were made of local rock that had rolled down the hillside. For some reason, that made the stairs more palatable.

I liked to think about how, two hundred years ago, those climbing this hill would have seen something similar.

By the time we got to the top we were feeling great.  So good, in fact, that we took a couple of silly pictures of ourselves.  Banner Moment on this blog: an actual picture of me:

Hey guys!

Once we got back on the road, my legs started to ache again.  We still had one more State Park Hiking Club Trail on the docket for the day.  Would we be able to do it?  We'll see in the next post...

Total miles hiked today: (this park) 1
Total miles hiked (in 2012): 114.2

Total ticks today: Joe - 0; Thunderdog - n/a; Elly - 0
Total ticks (in 2012): 48

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