Photos from Saturday's 14 mile run:
|Sam, Marcus and Ron enjoying the view from the Section 13 cliffs|
|Three-toothed Cinquefoil (Potentilla tridentata) - Section 13 cliffs|
|Beaver Pond - partway through the Co. Rd 6 - Finland section|
|There's a spider in there somewhere.|
|Swans (one was hidden in the tall grasses to the left)|
|Somewhat sketchy boardwalk across the beaver dam|
|Worth taking your time to traverse in order to avoid a swim|
|Looking back at the trail from the bridge over the East Branch of the Baptism River|
|East Branch of the Baptism River - looking upstream|
|Fruit of the Nodding Trillium|
|Corpse Plant/Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)|
|Lilly's Island on Sonju Lake|
I finished up my run at Sonju Lake Rd. trailhead and then proceeded to George Crosby-Manitou State Park to wait for Sam, Marcus and Ron to finish up their run. While I waited I took a stroll around Benson Lake and scoped out some of the campsites in preparation for future trips.
|Virgin's Bower (Clematis virginiana) - growing along the road/trail to Benson Lake|
|Fisher Spider (Dolomites species)|
|Creeping Snowberry (Gaultheria hispidula)|
Sunday Mr. Wildknits and I headed out on the airheads. We took the scenic highway north to Two Harbors, then Hwy 61 to Co. Rd. 3. This gave me ample opportunity to practice my gravel road riding skills (maintained 40 mph). It also took us out of the fray that is north shore traffic during tourist season.
We made a brief stop at the Silver Bay Airport (outside of Beaver Bay), then headed to Beaver Bay for a pit stop before traveling up Co. Rd. 4/Lax Lake Rd to Hwy 1 and then on to Finland for lunch at Our Place (the pulled pork sandwich was delicious!).
From Finland our plan was to take Hwy 1 to Hwy 2 to Hwy 15 to Pequaywan Lake Rd and on back to Duluth. Unfortunately we had to detour to Two Harbors for gas (the tanks on the airheads are not all that large and gas stations are few and far between up north).
We did stop at the White Pines rest stop on Hwy 2 for a break. It is one of my favorite spots in that section. This time we didn't take stay long, but in the past have walked around and enjoyed the old growth white pines.
|Taken a few years ago at the rest stop. I have since removed the back rack from my bike.|