Off the beaten track and off season

Picture of Jack's dog, Patch, hiking with him in the woods of the North Shore

Did I say quiet?

by Jack Stone

As I went on my hike, I got to thinking that this was going to be one of my last colorful hikes of the year. Then I got to thinking about everyone who comes to the area trying to cram all these hikes in. They need to find the prettiest hike to a waterfall, along a river and on a high vista. Here I was walking through the woods, no waterfall, no vista. And let me go back to the leaves. They are just about gone. What is left? Well, I’ll tell you what is left. Silence. Wind rustling through the trees. Gentle breeze. Moose sign. Bird sign. Solitude.

Did I say quiet? People have no concept of what the area has to offer off the beaten track and off season. This is why I live here.

Picture of the North Shore woods of Minnesota with golden leaves on the trees and fir in the background

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