Cascade River, Temperance River and snowshoeing

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Waterfalls at the lodge

I started this morning with a quick visit to the waterfalls on the lodge property.  They weren't much, but they were a nice little waterfall tucked in the back (natural, not mad-made). 

I returned to Cascade River State Park in the morning, armed with a hint from my friend.  I was able to find the geocache and thought it was funny that nothing looked familiar during the day than from last night.  No wolves this time, either.  I was able to enjoy the scenery a little more.  No waterfalls along my hike, but there was a partially frozen stream. 

I stopped at Temperance River State Park and enjoyed a nice hike along the river.  Unfortunately, that cache was missing!  Bummer! That means I have to come back up here to finish this series!  Oh well, still a nice (but cold) little hike.

view of the lodge from the waterfalls
  I was glad I had stopped at Ben Franklin in Grand Marais on my way to Canada - they have almost everything you need! I bought a pair of crampons for my snow boots (rubber slip-ons with little spikes to grip the ice).  I used them on the trail here!

My next stop was George Crosby Manitou State Park.  This park is a few miles inland, so it tends to get a bunch more snow than along the shore.  The road to this park wasn't plowed all the way and stopped about 1/3 mile from the main parking lot.  I strapped on my snowshoes and hiked out there.  It was a really fun hike.  I was the only one there (at least the only parked car there).  I followed some trails and made my way to where the geocache was.  Only there was at least a foot of snow everywhere!  I had a small shovel that I tried to use, but there was just too much snow to move.  I knew I had to come back anyway for the Temperance cache, so I didn't worry about it too much.  I really enjoyed my snowshoe hike and the peacefulness of this park.   It was starting to get dark though, so I decided to hike out and head back.

 

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Waterfalls at the lodge
Waterfalls at the lodge
view of the lodge from the waterfa…
view of the lodge from the waterf…
Driving north on Hwy 61
Driving north on Hwy 61
Cascade River in daylight
Cascade River in daylight
Cascade River
Cascade River
Ice on the Cascade River
Ice on the Cascade River
Temperance River sign
Temperance River sign
Temperance River gorge
Temperance River gorge
tiny water fall on Temperance River
tiny water fall on Temperance River
very icy trail at Temperance River
very icy trail at Temperance River
Crosby-Manitou sign
Crosby-Manitou sign
snowshoeing at Crosby-Manitou
snowshoeing at Crosby-Manitou
me by a wooden bear
me by a wooden bear
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