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Hike 100 NCT Challenge (Miles 60.9 to 65.1)

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In celebration of the National Park Service's Centennial Anniversary, we are hiking 100 miles of the North Country Trail in 2016.

Miles 0 to 7.1  |  Miles 7.1 to 18.9  |  Miles 18.9 to 30.4 Miles 30.4 to 42.4  |  Miles 42.4 to 44.9  |  Miles 44.9 to 50.6  |  Miles 50.6 to 60.9

On our third day of backpacking in the Porkies we had to retrace our steps 4.2 miles back to the Little Carp River. The rest of our hiking for the day is not included in the Hike 100 challenge because we weren't on the North Country Trail. Bummer - because those were some hard miles! The Lake Superior trail got hit hard this year - a flood that dropped 9" of rain in one day followed by a tornado 10 days later. Needless to say, the trail was a mess. Instead of 10 miles, I felt like we had hiked 20.



Hike 100 NCT Challenge (Miles 50.6 to 60.9)

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In celebration of the National Park Service's Centennial Anniversary, we are hiking 100 miles of the North Country Trail in 2016.

Miles 0 to 7.1  |  Miles 7.1 to 18.9  |  Miles 18.9 to 30.4 Miles 30.4 to 42.4  | Miles 42.4 to 44.9  | Miles 44.9 to 50.6

On our second day of backpacking in the Porkies, we headed down my favorite trail in the park - the Little Carp River trail. This route winds through old growth forest and has two unbridged crossings over the waterfall-laden river. We were a little leery about the second leg of our journey. The last time we tackled the section of trail from the Little Carp into Speaker's the trail was in really rough shape - mud pits, deep gorges with hard-to-find trail, swampy areas, etc. This time it wasn't AS bad but it was still a difficult 4.2 miles. But - I've been wanting to stay at Speaker's cabin for years and it's never been available before so the slog through the swamp was worth it.



Hike 100 NCT Challenge (Miles 44.9 to 50.6)

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In celebration of the National Park Service's Centennial Anniversary, we are hiking 100 miles of the North Country Trail in 2016.

Miles 0 to 7.1  |  Miles 7.1 to 18.9  |  Miles 18.9 to 30.4 Miles 30.4 to 42.4  |  Miles 42.4 to 44.9
To add another chunk of miles to our Hike 100 challenge, we set off on a 4-day backpacking trip in Porcupine Mountains State Park in upper Michigan. We've been backpacking in the Porkies almost every autumn for the last 10 years and it felt so good to be back on her rugged and muddy trails. As we've done in the past, we stayed in a different rustic wilderness cabin each night because sleeping in a tent this time of year can be miserable - chilly wind coming off Lake Superior, rain, snow, short days and cold nighttime temps. Because we were trying to get more miles racked up on the NCT, we started our hike from a different trailhead than we've used in the past which, in turn, led us to stay in two new-to-us cabins. 


Hike 100 NCT Challenge (Miles 42.4 to 44.9)

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In celebration of the National Park Service's Centennial Anniversary, we are hiking 100 miles of the North Country Trail in 2016.

Miles 0 to 7.1  |  Miles 7.1 to 18.9  |  Miles 18.9 to 30.4 Miles 30.4 to 42.4
In August we volunteered for a weekend with the Heritage Chapter to help build a new section of the NCT near Copper Falls State Park in northern Wisconsin. Trail building is hard work but it's also very rewarding. You eye-ball a path through the forest then start clearing away rocks, logs, hummocks, duff and roots to create a smooth and level path.




Sometimes it feels like you're not making much progress, but at the end of the day, when you walk back over all of the new trail you've just cut in, there's a huge sense of accomplishment.




Yarn Along: Ready Player Shawl

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I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.


Knitting: Striped Shawl
I started dyeing yarn over the summer and have been playing around with creating ombre yarns. I thought I would knit a shawl using my ombre yarn to see how the colors change. This is a pretty mindless knit. Just rows and rows of garter with a few short rows thrown in. I'm just about to get to the next color in my skein and I can't wait.
Pattern: Striped Scarf by Hiromi Sakurai
Yarn: Cascade 220 Worsted in colorway Charcoal Gray and my own hand-dyed ombre yarn.

Reading: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (audiobook)
Set in the year 2044, a virtual reality game called the OASIS has people scrambling to solve riddles and clues to win the fortune of the game's deceased creator. The book is rife with '80s references and, as a child of the '80s, I find this to be highly entertaining. I'm not a video game player and I don't think you need to be in order to enjoy this book. The narrator …

Sunday Wake-Up

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October 16, 2016 at 8:16 a.m.
Fall colors peeking through the morning fog and corn ready for harvest.