The Lowdown

Local Photographer’s BWCA Image Goes to the Smithsonian

March 13, 2014

Through the years, we’ve been honored to carry photos from Radiant Spirit Gallery at our retail store in Canal Park. The work by Dawn LaPointe has always impressed our customers. It seems that the world has noticed what we’ve known all along; Dawn’s image is going to be featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. starting in September!

Congratulations, Dawn & Radiant Spirit Gallery!

You can see more of their work at their website:

See the image (taken in the BWCA) below:

"Sunset Paddle," the Image to Be Featured, by Dawn LaPointe of Radiant Spirit Gallery.

“Sunset Paddle,” the Image to Be Featured, by Dawn LaPointe of Radiant Spirit Gallery.

Trip Planning

Apostle Island Ice Caves on Lake Superior

February 18, 2014

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?