Duluth Parks

AICHO, Standing Rock, Tischer Creek and Old Houses

Dear Diary, My chair keeps rolling away from the desk. Our house is old and the floors sag a little in from the rim joists, hence the rolling. So I need to buy a rug.

Mary had wanted us to go to Standing Rock on the 17th  to bring supplies and maybe offer medical support, but now we are waiting to see what happens. The Army Corp of Engineers just denied the permit to dig under the river. Everything is still very much up in the air, especially with a Trump presidency looming and the possibility of executive orders.

Elia and Jake will be here on the 9th for an Art sale in Support of Standing Rock, at AICHO. Jake will play guitar for the event, which should be crowded.

Yesterday we awoke to fresh fluffy snow coming down, so I took the camera on a walk up by Tischer Creek, not far from the house…

And then on the way back,...

Second Time Around

Minnesota is second growth country, with tiny islands of old growth you have to seek out to discover what has been lost due to statewide industrial logging. Even Voyageurs National Park is mostly second growth, marked with “sentinel trees” left on the horizon so loggers didn’t lose their way in the stumpy moonscape. But you can find examples of the various forests that used to cover the state if you are willing to travel. The DNR has a list of some sites, though they leave out a couple near Duluth, including Park Point.

Park Point old growth

The path through the park is a couple miles long but flat, an easy walk, with the Lake to the left and the bay to the right. Keep an eye out for the small poison ivy plants in the sand dunes and you should be fine.

Flowering shrub surrounded by the small three-leaved poison ivy plants of Park Point