The past two nights Noelle and I had the opportunity to attend the Banff Mountain Film Festival's Duluth stop over at the Marshall School. After last year's slate of films we were excited, and while this years' were not as good as last, they were still pretty impressive. Our favorite of the films that we watched was, surprisingly, a film on fly fishing on a remote Russian peninsula. The most disappointing film of the two nights was the caving film. Watching a movie about a few guys doing a recreational caving trip just isn't really all that exciting. If the film festival comes to your neighborhood, be sure to check it out.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
|Tyler Fork Cascades|
|Red Granite Falls|
From Copper Falls State park we headed north up state highway 169 to the Potato River and a small county park located at some falls there. Parker got to go on the short hikes to the falls overlooks. Our first hike was a long descent to the bottom of the Lower Falls.
|Upper Potato Falls|
Saturday, November 6, 2010
When we got to the trail, we were quickly distracted by the sound of cascading water on Kingsbury Creek and decided to followed the Kinsbury Creek Trail which was blazed with red metal disks. We first followed a spur of the trail which led around the perimeter of the chain link fence surrounding the Lake Superior Zoo. This spur trail dead ended at Grand Avenue and we were forced to retrace our steps back to the "DWP Trail".
From here we followed the main Kingsbury Creek Trail as the creek itself cascaded down to Lake Superior and formed small waterfalls.
Eventually we arrived at a junction with a snowmobile trail and the Superior Hiking Trail. Our trail veered of the SHT and soon headed into some young woods with small trees and a lot of grass.
The trail here began to get fainter and fainter and soon disappeared completely. I knew the Superior Hiking Trail lay uphill and so we bushwacked a short distance to the SHT which led us back to Kingsbury Creek and a rather impressive series of cascades complete with a few icicles left over from yesterday's cold.
We followed the combined SHT/Kinsbury Creek Trail downstream on the opposite side of the creek to the DWP rail bed.
Since we still had plenty of daylight left we decided to follow the "DWP Trail" east, which had been our original plan. The trail here was vastly less interesting than the sections we had hiked to the west, but I think that it could make a good section of the Lakewalk extension which is planned to head west from Canal Park.