A Visit to the Porkies

We made our big getaway after the holidays. It was the perfect time to escape civilization and enjoy the beauty of winter in the great outdoors. We met our friends at Gitchie Gumee, a rustic cabin in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Our friends had already been in the area several days, skiing and snowshoeing from yurt to yurt. They’re old pros, making several trips to the Porkies each year, and we were thankful they invited us for a few days of adventure.

The cabin was spacious and comfortable, but completely dark by 5 p.m., save a bit of candlelight. The rule was that if you got up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night (in the outhouse, of course), you had to put a log in the stove to keep the place warm. But I never did wake up in the middle of the night. I was so tired from our excursions, that I slept like a rock the entire trip.

Our days consisted of sleeping in, eating breakfast while planning the day’s adventure, and snowshoeing for 6-7 hours with occasional breaks at conveniently placed warming huts for tea and snacks. Our first day we even spotted a porcupine! The second day was dramatically colder than the first, and I thought my toes were going to fall off.  But the view from the escarpment (think Ansel Adams) more than made up for my cold feet. It was spectacular.

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