Monday, May 17, 2021

Porcupine Mountain State Park three-day hiking trip

 I arrived home yesterday from attending the Cuyuna Rock Club's annual show in Brainerd, MN. For the first time I did not have a booth, but I did do two book signings. Thanks to Sharon Smith for her wonderful hospitality. For an unknown reason, I did not take any photos of the show.

I left Brainerd and met friends, Helen and Marcia, at the Porcupine Mountain State Park. We reserved a cabin at the mouth of the Big Carp River, where it empties into Lake Superior. The map and signs say it is a four-mile hike in, but it was actually a tough 4.5 miles!

A few years ago we formed our hiking group. The name, Helkarcia, was derived from our names: Helen, Karen, and Marcia.

It is a beautiful forest!

Glacial river valley to the right of the trail.

Little Carp River.

Mouth of the Little Carp, where it empties into Lake Superior.

Wildflowers were everywhere!

The map and signs said our cabin was a four-mile hike. It was actually 4.5 miles, according to Marcia's fitness watch.

The Big Carp River is on the right of the photo below. Lake Superior is behind me.

All three of us put our feet in the Big Lake. We were surprised it was not too cold!

A merganser duck entertained us with his fishing skills.

Rugged shoreline.....

Caesar salad....

Helen cooked the steak right over our fire!

We also had garlic mashed potatoes!


Helen and Marcia getting water ... Marcia had a water filter.

There were rock outcrops of Copper Harbor Conglomerate throughout the area.

Helen made our hiking club's flag.


Two huge deer walked by on the other side of the river. I only got one good photo since it was getting dark.

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