This weekend it was unseasonably warm here in Minnesota for February! It was in the 50’s almost the entire time and for us Minnesotans that could be considered T-shirt weather, amiright? My boyfriend was out of town all weekend and I decided that I wanted to take care of his two dogs (they are also featured in this post and this post – they obviously make great hiking buddies). Since I live in a tiny studio apartment in St. Paul (which doesn’t allow pets) I decided it would be best to take them back up to my Mama’s house in my home town.
This weekend I managed to find ANOTHER winter adventure! We went up north to Jay Cooke State Park for some hiking and exploring. It was so dang cold but man it was worth it. We drove up, got the parking pass, bundled up, and went hiking. Some of the views were just so stunning with the water and the cliffs. The dogs just loved running free and playing in the snow. Madison, the bigger one, does this thing where she throws her body on the ground and makes snow angels! She just rolls around on her back and has the time of her life and it the cutest thing.
We spent a couple hours just hiking around and exploring before we decided we were starving and went into Duluth to my favorite Mexican restaurant, Mexico Lindo. They have the BEST queso dip I have ever had so getting that was a must. We went to a few favorite local shops, met a couple friends at the Canal Park Brewery for a flight of beer, and then headed back home.
The pups were totally tuckered out and slept the whole way home all snuggling with each other! It felt good to get outside and get fresh air and take in some scenery. It was also good to be back in Duluth, where I went to college, and see some of the places that I still miss on that big beautiful lake!
This week, while my best friend was home from Arizona (check out our adventures in AZ here!), we went out spear fishing with her dad on a lake near our hometown in Minnesota. I pretty much love any type of fishing in the world and ice fishing in particular is one of my favorites. But I have only tried spear fishing a couple of times so we wanted to make it a point to get out there while she was home.
When you are spear fishing you sit in a little dark house out on the lake and a big rectangular hole is cut into the ice. You can only spear fish in the middle of the day because the daylight lights up the water and that’s how you can see any fish that might swim across your hole. You park a couple chairs on the edge of the hole and stare down hoping for a big northern to swim by. You usually have some sort of decoy in the water that attracts the bigger fish to come towards you. And at the right moment, when they are checking out your decoy, you sneak a big spear into the water and throw it at them in just the right spot and voila, you have dinner!
Lauren had gone out with her dad a few times while she was home visiting and came back empty handed so we made sure that she was the one that got the first fish, after all, she put in the time for this thing! We were out there for a couple of hours and this was the only one that we saw that was big enough to spear but I was happy to be there for the adventure! Even quite a rush for a spectator! Gotta love our winter adventures here in Minnesota.