The North Country Trail: Hiking in the Heart of North Dakota

One of the longest trails in the U.S. crosses through five Midwestern states and ends in North Dakota. And many people in the Midwest have…

Yoga in the Snow: A Lesson In Mindfulness

When you practice yoga outdoors in the deep freeze of a Minnesota winter, the usual prompts to “feel your breath” and “visualize your breath” take…

Balancing Over The Mississippi: Hiking Itasca State Park In Winter

European explorers came north to Minnesota to learn what the indigenous people of the Northwoods had known for thousands of years — that the source…

The Most Photogenic Places In Minneapolis

Minneapolis took center stage as Minnesota’s largest city welcomed football fans from all over the globe to U.S. Bank Stadium this winter. While the new(ish)…

Winter Landscapes (And Books) To Dream Away The Cold

“In winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” – Ben Aaronovitch, Broken Homes I always want to write about…

Extreme Ice: 5 Wild Ways To Enjoy A Minnesota Winter

Minnesota has more than 10,000 lakes (11,842, if you want to be exact — which I do) and long winters, so it’s no surprise that…

Forest Favorites: A Minnesota Fall Color Roundup

Jack Dura loves fall. He’s also the only person that has ever said “leaf peeping” in my presence without eliciting a shudder. (For some reason,…

How To Photograph The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are a trending topic among travelers these days. I count myself lucky to have grown up seeing these gorgeous, shimmering lights spreading…

Shady Serenity: Hiking In Icelandic State Park

“North Dakota doesn’t have any trees.” Nope. Incorrect. Sure, this state is mostly (and justifiably) famous for its wide open spaces, endless horizons, rolling prairies…

Surviving The Maah Daah Hey Trail

The Maah Daah Hey Trail schooled me. I went from “I’m going to own this ride” to “Okay, I’m gonna have fun” to “Sweet Jesus,…

5 Ways to Explore Detroit Lakes

It’s human nature to overlook the treasures in our own backyards. Our favorite places just kind of become part of the landscape and we tend…

Step Back Into Frontier History At Fort Abercrombie

The Red River of the North has been a conduit of trade for centuries. It starts at the confluence of the Otter Tail and the…

Up North: #ForestFavorites in a Minnesota Summer

My colleague and friend Jack Dura of acrossnorthdakota.com just got back from a road trip to Minnesota’s North Shore and his photos were so good,…

10 Essential Winnipeg Experiences

By the time you read this, I’ll already be on my way to Winnipeg, Manitoba, one of my favorite prairie cities. Here’s peek into some…

Snagging Paddlefish With The Fishing Women Of North Dakota

If you’ve ever wanted to catch a huge, vaguely pre-historic looking fish, get yourself to western North Dakota immediately. It’s paddlefish season, people! And when…