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Outdoors

Circling back around again

“I grew up wild and free, walking these fields in my bare feet. There wasn’t no place I couldn’t go with a .22-rifle and a fishing pole,” Bob McDill I stood alongside the banks of a small creek, soaking the sunshine in as far as I could, simultaneously drinking up and holding big gulps ...

Show care to saturated local trails

Trails in the Keweenaw have made a lot of headway towards summer conditions with an early departure of winter. Although trails are typically well-drained in the area, the spring always presents some drainage challenges. Dirt singletrack trails are especially affected by these changing ...

Exploring the Copper Country on foot

Hiking is a favorite recreational activity for most in the Copper Country. The area offers a huge variety of opportunities and destinations to explore. There are trails and trails and more trails. The sun shines brightly throughout the entire Copper Country for hiking here. There is no better ...

Tick season thriving

Social media posts regarding the emergence of ticks in the Copper Country began appearing in February, which means the season for them will undoubtedly be longer this year. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District office, in St. Paul, Minnesota, reported on April 4 that the unusually warm ...

Homegrown National Parks: How you can save the world in your yard

Thinking about all the world’s natural problems can be overwhelming. In a world of eight billion people and a whole bunch of environmental issues such as dwindling wild spaces and biodiversity, what can one person really do? You can transform your yard into quality habitat to support local ...

Reflecting on the once-was of abandoned houses

There’s a field I know that I often drive past on my way to quiet and contemplative places in the surrounding woodlands. I always look, but there’s rarely anything to see here but what was once a hopeful landscape, from a time that has long since passed away. There’s no fence around ...