Finally some real adventure in the great outdoors! Noelle and I packed up our skis and headed southwest through Cloquet and the Fond du Lac Reservation to Fond du Lac State Forest for some cross country skiing. We had a little bit of difficulty in finding the trailhead at first, but our second attempt was a success. The morning's half inch of snow improved conditions a bit and we had the trails all to ourselves. The trails are groomed for classical only so most skiers head elsewhere. We skied the first three loops which were rated as easy and the trails were in good shape for the most part. There was, however, a bit of alder and other shrubby vegetation poking out of the snow in the trail sections that passed through swampy areas.