By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
Rose the black and gloomy pine-trees,
Rose the firs with cones upon them…

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Song of Hiawatha)
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Overlook Mountain

The Superior Hiking Trail, also known as the SHT, is a 310-mile long hiking trail in northeastern Minnesota that follows the rocky ridges of the Sawtooth Mountains through forests of birch, aspen, pine, fir, and cedar that overlooks Lake Superior and the boreal forests of the Boundary Waters.

The trail provides like magic on a day filled with birdsong and my first big climbs.
It’s a fantastically windy day on trail through regenerating forests and gigantic ferns.
More lovely streams and forests before the trail follows a snowmobile trail through swamp.
The heat is nearly unbearable, but dozens of cascading streams and the lake walk make for a great day.
The bug net is on and the humidity gives me ‘big hair’ as I move from forest to exposed rock.
I leave right after presenting on New Zealand and enter dense bush filled with ferns and birdsong.
Next week, I'll start a thru-hike in my backyard – 310 miles in Northern Minnesota along Lake Superior.
To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we head to Lake Superior for torrential waterfalls and splendid views.
Blissful is reminded how hard hiking can be, but comes back to herself when surrounded by dragonflies.
Blissful begins to walk like a thru-hiker steeply up and down the Sawtooth Mountains.