Category Archives: Trip Planning

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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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

Kelsey’s Adventures through the Apostle Islands

Duluth Pack has awesome employees. One of our Associates at our flagship retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN has been having a really fun summer. Hear it from Kelsey, herself:

For the last three summers I have been truly lucky to spend my time guiding sea kayaking trips through the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Much of the second half of my summer is spent taking incoming freshmen from the College of St. Scholastica out onto Lake Superior to take in the beauty of the islands. Most commonly we find ourselves camping on Sand Island and Oak Island, both of which offer amazing sites. Along with meandering through sea caves and exploring lighthouses, we also hike to a great overlook to see most of the islands and find ourselves getting a little aggressive playing watermelon rugby. I have met some amazing students as well as strangers during my time spent out there. I could not imagine a better way to spend my summers and with every trip I find myself on a new adventure.

Kelsey is a lucky girl! I just spent some time in the Apostle Islands and went on a 10 mile hike along the cliffs. It was a lovely spot, and I was itching to get out on a kayak too (next time)!

Have you been to this area before? What’s your favorite spot?! Comment below.

Decling Moose Population Worries Researchers

The moose population in northeastern Minnesota has dropped almost 35 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, leading to concern for the future of the iconic animal. The drop is so severe, and with the cause remaining uncertain, the DNR has cancelled the moose hunt for this coming fall.

The estimate for 2013 is around 2,760 moose in the northeastern part of the state, down considerably from the 2006 estimate of 8,840. In an attempt to learn more about the cause of moose decline, researchers are hoping to collar a total of 110 animals and track their whereabouts through the coming months, according to the DNR’s website.

Here at Duluth Pack, the moose in our logo has come to represent much of what makes our little neck of the woods in northern Minnesota so special. We consider ourselves to be outdoors advocates. Whether it’s camping, hiking, fishing, or hunting, we love to be outdoors. To continue enjoying the amazing sites, sounds and images that we cherish, we think it’s useful to know what’s happening up in our little slice of heaven.

Recipe

Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration with Recipe!

This past weekend at the Duluth Pack flagship store in Duluth, MN we wanted to create an experience that people could come and watch and then sample some interesting prepared items made in Lodge Dutch ovens, that you can make at either the campsite or in your kitchen. As you begin your adventure of cooking with Lodge Logic cast iron, hopefully you will remember the fun we had.

Dutch oven cooking can be practiced at home on the back porch and then mastered at the campsite, creating a menu of items besides hotdogs and hamburgers.  You’ll be able to create meals, desserts and snacks that your family and friends will wonder what cooking class you took to be so good! We would like to share with you one of our most popular recipes!