I have been planning a 3-week hike for myself in May. That’s been keeping me somewhat busy and away from writing. I say “somewhat” because the planning is only monopolizing half of my time. The other half is devoted to daydreaming about it and/or having nightmares about what might go wrong.
I am planning to thru hike the Superior Hiking Trail. While the trail extends 350 miles, only about 300 of it is considered part of a “thru hike”. The last 50 are in the city of Duluth and then further south in a state park where there is no overnight camping.
I would ideally like to start at the north terminus (near the Canadian Border) and hike south. That way if I have time, it would be easy to add as many southern miles as possible before my return date.
But May* is not the ideal to hike in northern Minnesota. There could still be snow up north. In a different year, there definitely could be. Thanks to El Nino, this winter has been mild and I am not delusional for thinking the snow will be gone. It is the mud and the rivers and creeks gorged with spring melt that I have to be concerned about.
So I will start at Martin Rd in Duluth and hike north. That gives the north end a few more days to dry out as I hike towards it. If I have time (and energy) in the end, I may stop in Duluth and hike a bit more south before going home.
I will blog this hike, although I’m still not sure of the format or how frequently I’ll post. Probably more frequently than I did in March! April TBD.
*Why am I hiking in May? Because Memorial Day is the start of our busy season. There will be a lull in late October/early November before the holiday shopping. Last year Tom and I managed to close the shop and get away for few days then. Maybe we will do so again this year. But I am concerned that I will be too exhausted from our season and/or something else will come up that will keep me from hiking. So I am sacrificing the “perfect” hike, for a hike. Which is perfect to me.