Merrick Backcountry Adventure

Merrick Backcountry Adventure

For our Merrick sponsored backcountry adventure we chose to visit the most famous wilderness area in Minnesota, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Bobby and I have never been there and we have been keen to pay this scenic wilderness a visit. The long weekend for Memorial Day gave us an extra day to make the big 5 hour journey north. We left on Friday and spent the night in Duluth before continuing on to the campground early Saturday morning. We chose Sawbill Lake Campground for our base for the weekend. Located in the Superior National Forest it is a stunning…

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Merrick Backcountry

Merrick Backcountry

Latigo has been chosen as an ambassador for Merrick Backcountry dog food. Their protein-loaded kibble is a grain free, all-natural option that has chunks of raw, freeze-dried meat in it. Merrick also offers several canned food options in both stews and loafs. These 12.7 ounce cans come in a variety of flavors such as Alpine Rabbit, Hearty Beef, Hearty Salmon stews, and Beef and Chicken Loafs. The stew is thick and slathered in a gravy while the loaf has more of a hash texture and is a little watery. Often times the smell of canned dog food makes me a…

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5 Tips for Camping with a Baby

5 Tips for Camping with a Baby

1. Research and Find Inspiration The idea of taking an infant or young baby camping can be overwhelming and scary. Questions, concerns and “what ifs” may plague you as you set out to plan your first camping trip. When we were discussing taking our 6 week old baby on his first camping trip last September, I was very intimidated and overwhelmed by all of my concerns. I decided to look for some inspiration in guidebooks and blog posts. My go-to outdoor baby guidebook is Babes in the Woods: Hiking, Camping, & Boating with Babies and Young Children by Jennifer Aist. This…

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Bean and Bear Lakes Superior Hiking Trail

Bean and Bear Lakes Superior Hiking Trail

We were enjoying a weekend of camping on the North Shore of Minnesota and hiked on one of Minnesota’s most iconic trails, The Superior Hiking Trail (SHT).  The SHT is 296 miles long going from Duluth, MN to the Canadian border. The section we planned on hiking is touted as one of the more challenging sections of the SHT because of the undulating trail but also one of the most beautiful sections because of the views you see as you climb up three ridges. The trail is also known as the Twin Lakes Trail. At 6.8 miles long with 1600 feet…

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Jay Cooke and Tettegouche State Parks

Jay Cooke and Tettegouche State Parks

The weather was finally looking warm enough for us to head up to the North Shore here in Minnesota. I grew up camping in the beautiful state parks along this scenic section of Minnesota and I was anxious to take Jack to some of my favorite parks sooner rather than later. The tricky thing is that Lake Superior makes for some cooler, more breezy weather so keeping Jack warm at night could be more difficult. But, with highs in the 60s and 70s and lows only in the 40s and 50s we felt confident that we could successfully camp and…

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