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Apostle Island Ice Caves on Lake Superior

This winter has been a cold one. Minnesota, and our neighbor, Wisconsin, have been making national news. One story has caused tens of thousands of people to flock to the shoreline of the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior in Wisconsin, about 45 minutes from our factory in Duluth, MN.

These caves are often hiked atop and kayaked through in the warmer months. This winter, they have frozen over and the previously splashing water caused icicles and interesting ice formations.

Here, Esquire magazine covers the phenomenon.

One of our team-members took a trip down to check them out this weekend. Fortunately she went very early and it wasn’t too crowded!

If you’re nearby (or up for a trip!) go check it out. It’ll require a few miles hike, but it’s worth it! Pro-tip: get there as early as possible. Especially if it’s a weekend (9:30AM by the latest).

Have you been there yet? What did you think?

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What We Wear: Leather Lakewalk Tote

Our new Leather Lakewalk Tote is a ruggedly beautiful bag. It’ll be your go-to handbag for years to come. Here, we’ve paired it with a sporty-chic outfit. Add a gray turtleneck sweater and some warm Smartwool© socks and you’ll be set for a winter day out-and-about.

Style Board for the Leather Lakewalk Tote

Style Board for the Leather Lakewalk Tote

Hat: Smartwool Beanie
Coat: Zara Wool Coat
Jeans: Levis
Scarf: Faribault Woolen Mill Co.
Sunglasses: Warby Parker Quimby
Tennis: Merrell Barefoot Runners

 

Our Founder Came to Duluth 144 Year Ago Today

Our Founder, Camille Poirer, in Duluth, MN

Our Founder, Camille Poirer, in Duluth, MN. Photo via Duluth Public Library.

Camille Poirer created the first Duluth Pack in 1882. Twelve years before that, he set off to Duluth, MN (our flagship location) from St Paul, MN to start a new life. The trip took him four days “of very cold and suffering,” he wrote, starting Feb. 10th, 1870 and ending on Feb. 13th, 1870. 144 years ago today, he would have been on the 3rd day of his trek.

Via Google Maps

Via Google Maps

Poirer walked from St Paul to Hinckley, MN (a 76.6 mile, 25 hour walk) even though in 1856, he injured his leg in a wood-chopping accident, and it never fully recovered. From Hinckley onward, he rode up to Duluth via stagecoach.

Once he made it to Duluth, Poirer started a shoe shop on Lake Avenue and Superior Street.

In 1882, he was inspired by the voyageurs of the northland, and created a new style of “packsack” which would later be called the Duluth Pack.

Poirer died on October 17, 1919 in Duluth.

Read more about this event, and Camille Poirer here.

Gourmet Camping Menu

Hassle-Free, Delicious, Camping Menu

Take a quick/easy trip and eat well too!

Duluth is known for many things… one of which: delicious cuisine. Duluth restaurants are featured on foodie road trips. There are even many Duluth restaurants that have been featured on the Food Network.  Even us outdoorsy folk appreciate fine dining; although camping and fine dining aren’t usually in the same sentence (unless you’re a glamper: here). While reading through a recent issue of Backpacker Magazine, we found a “no-nonsense” recipe that would make our go-to favorite, the hotdog, seem lackluster. Next time we go out for a quick trip, we’re using this menu:

The Menu

Breakfast 1
On the road

Lunches 1 & 2
Bagels with avocado and cucumber

Dinner 1
Garden State Quesadilla

Breakfast 2
General Washington Griddle cakes

Snacks
Apples, trail mix

 

The Grocery List

Apples
Avocados
Cucumber
Tomatoes
Bunch spinach
Powdered milk
Flour
Sugar
Trail mix
Bagels
Whole wheat tortillas
Eggs
Shredded cheddar
Butter
Salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, and maple syrup

 

The Recipes

Garden State Quesadilla
1-½ cups shredded cheddar
4 whole-wheat tortillas
2 Jersey tomatoes, chopped
1 handful spinach
2 pads butter
Salt and pepper

Heat a frying pan and grease it with half a pad of butter. Lay down the tortilla, and layer cheese, tomatoes, spinach, and cheese again. Cook 3-4 minutes, regrease pan, flip, and cook until golden brown and crispy.

 

General Washington Griddle Cakes
2 cups powder milk
1 cup flour
4 large eggs
¼ cup sugar4 apples, sliced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat and grease pan. Combine milk, eggs, flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Pour ¼ cup blobs of batter into pan and top with apple. Bake until pancake is light brown (3-4 minutes), then flip and cook 2-3 minutes.

Tips from us:

  • Measure out the powdered milk, flour, sugar, and cinnamon for the Griddle Cakes in a container before you leave home. The container will double as your mixing bowl when adding the eggs.
  • Print this post off (or screen shot it on your smart phone) and you’ll be set for your next 30-ish hour camp trip.

 

So what do you think? Will you give it a shot? What do you normally like to eat while camping?

Stay tuned… We just might bring you more of these! Thanks, Backpacker.

 

 

 

Source: Backpacker Magazine