Exploring the North Shore Podcast

Exploring the North Shore is an adventure podcast all about getting out and exploring the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior!

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Episode 101: North Shore Road Trip Part 1 - The Scenic Drive
On this episode, Joe and Jaye start their North Shore Road Trip and drive along the Scenic Drive from Duluth to Two Harbors.  They make stops at the New Scenic Cafe, Tom's Logging Camp, and Great! Lakes Candy Kitchen! Learn about these iconic North Shore destinations and follow along as Joe and Jaye explore the North Shore.

Episode 102: North Shore Road Trip Part 2 - Two Harbors to Beaver Bay
Come along with Joe and Jaye while they explore Lake Superior's North Shore in part two of their Road Trip Series. Head up the shore from Two Harbors to Beaver Bay, driving along Highway 61. In this episode Joe and Jaye stop in at Iona's Beach, Split Rock Lighthouse, and Camp 61.

Episode 103: North Shore Road Trip Part 3 - Silver Bay to Grand Marais
 Come along with Joe and Jaye while they explore Lake Superior's North Shore in part three of their Duluth to Grand Marais Road Trip Series. This week wraps up the road trip with the stretch of Highway 61 that runs between Silver Bay and Grand Marais, making stops at Palisade Head, Taconite Harbor, and the Schroeder Baking Company.

Episode 104: On the Gunflint Trail Part 1 - Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
The road trip is over, now it's time to explore! In this week's episode Joe and Jaye travel up to the end of the Gunflint Trail to learn a bit about the area's history from Bonnie at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. Along the way, they stop for a bite to eat at Trail Center and chat a bit about the 1999 Blowdown and 2007 Ham Lake Fire- two major events that forever changed the landscape of the Gunflint Trail. Listen to learn more about the area that is the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Episode 105: On the Gunflint Trail Part 2 - Blueberry Picking and Fishing
Joe and Jaye head back to their favorite place: The Gunflint Trail. In this episode they go blueberry picking and enter The Biggest Blueberry Contest and then head to Rockwood Outfitters to grab a canoe and some fishing rods and try their hand at some Gunflint Trail fishing. Do they catch any fish or do they get skunked? Listen to find out!

Episode 106: The North Shore Adventure Park
In this episode, Joe and Jaye head down to Jaye's hometown of Silver Bay to try their hand at the new North Shore Adventure Park. The North Shore Adventure Park is an outdoor high ropes course located right alongside Highway 61. The park offers a variety of courses, referred to as "trails" that have varying levels of difficulty from easy/beginner to an advanced "double black" trail. Joe and Jaye interview park manager Natalie Rich and then take on the Grand Rapids (intermediate) trail.  Check out the accompanying video on our YouTube channel.

Episode 107: On the Gunflint Trail Part 3 - Rose Falls/Rose Lake
Joe and Jaye cap off their Gunflint Trail series by checking a box off of Jaye's Bucket list: a day trip to Rose Lake. They grab a canoe from Hungry Jack Outfitters and paddloe and portage into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to what is arguably one of the most popular lakes in the area. They see Rose Falls, go down the Stairway Portage, and take in the scenic views across Rose Lake into Canada.  Check out the accompanying video on our YouTube Channel.

Episode 108: The Mystery of the Devil's Kettle
Located on the Brule River flowing through Judge C.R. Magney State Park near Hovland, MN, 20 miles north of Grand Marais, MN, you will find what is arguably the world’s most mysterious waterfall that has been baffling visitors for decades.  One side of the river rumbles onto a stone embankment and down the rocks as waterfalls typically do.  The other side, however, flows into a geological wonder known as the Devil’s Kettle, and… disappears? In 2016 geologists claimed to have solved the Mystery of the Devil's Kettle, but three years later many still don't believe they truly solved it. Joe and Jaye took the hike to the Devil's Kettle to see it for themselves and speak with some visitors on where they think the water goes once it enters the Devil's Kettle.  Note: No small animals or children were harmed in the making of this episode.

Episode 109: A Day in Grand Portage
Joe and Jaye continue up Highway 61 until they reach Grand Portage- home of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe).  Come along and find out what food item Jaye loves at the restaurant, explore the National Monument and hear about the rich history from Karl Koster, and then go for a hike at the Grand Portage State Park to the area's biggest waterfall (120 feet!).  The area is rich in nature and history and Joe and Jaye couldn't wait to take it all in.

Episode 110: Ladies' Day in Grand Marais
Joe takes the week off so Jaye is joined by travel blogger Lizanne Lately (https://lizannelately.com/) as they explore Grand Marais. Come along as they have breakfast at South of the Border, take a timber framing class at North House Folk School, try the Juicy Lucy at My Sister's Place, and check out the best scenic overlook in Grand Marais. Plus, they chat with some local business owners and managers at Joy & Co, Drury Lane Books, and the Betsy Bowen Studio. Can you bar hop in Grand Marais? Find out in this episode of Exploring the North Shore with LIZANNE and Jaye!

Episode 111: Fall Drive on the North Shore
Joe is back and fall has arrived! Take a fall drive on the Honeymoon Trail in Lutsen with Joe and Jaye. Joe interviews Eric Singsaas, the director of Wood Products and Bioeconomy at the Natural Research Institute in Duluth. Eric is the area's leading expert on Leaf Change Season and the science behind why and how the leaves change. The information is both fascinating and also gives great insight as to when the peak of the season may occur on the North Shore. Hear the leaf change conditions as of September 13th and predictions for this year's peak.

Episode 112: North Shore Ghost Towns
It's October! This month Joe and Jaye will be doing some "spooky", or rather "really interesting" stories on the history of the North Shore. In this week's episode, they discuss four ghost towns- once-thriving communities that have fallen victim to changing times in Lake and Cook Counties. Join them as they sit on the outskirts of one of these towns to talk about the communities of Forest Center, Sawbill Landing, Mineral Center, and Chippewa City. Find out why these towns existed and what caused their ultimate demise in this episode of Exploring the North Shore.

Minnesode 1: The Erickson Family and the Northern Lights Cottage
Legal gambling in Cook County? A buried treasure? The life of Grand Marais couple in the late-1930s.Newlyweds Curtis and Adair Erickson moved to Grand Marais in 1937 to begin their new life together. Curtis' job was placing, managing, and maintaining slot machines in any gas station, bar, restaurant, resort, and even car dealerships who were willing to share in gambling profits by having machines located within their establishments. The Ericksons set down roots in Grand Marais and built that cabin we now know as Northern Lights Cottage.  So how does all of this tie into a buried treasure in a Grand Marais cemetery? Listen to Jaye's interview with Curtis and Adair's youngest son, Dean, along with his wife Ann Marie and daughter Katie in our first "Minnesode".

Episode 113: Organized Crime
In this episode of "Exploring the North Shore", Joe and Jaye sit down to discuss their favorite stories of mobsters, gangsters, and organized crime on the North Shore. From Al Capone shooting up the Lutsen Resort Fish House to an "unusual friendship" between a gangster and long-time resident of the Gunflint Trail that was the basis for a 2019 display at Chik-Wauk Museum. Finally, find out how the most prolific bank robbers in US history were brought down by a North Shore cabin builder.

Episode 114: Haunted North Shore
Are there haunted places on Lake Superior's North Shore? Of course, there are! Many stories swirl around shadowy figures, disembodies voices, strange smells, and random bursts of cold in an otherwise warm room. There are many well-known haunted places on the North Shore- so many that telling all these stories will likely take many years. So we will kick off our "Haunted North Shore Guide" with a few more well-known hauntings: Glensheen Mansion, Split Rock Lighthouse, and Isle Royale. In the second part of the episode we go on a Ghost Hunting Adventure with amateur ghost hunter Don Buskovick in a house that is believed to be 190 years old! Did we connect with any ghosts or spirits? Listen to find out!

Minneosde 2: We Went Through a Haunted House
On this special Halloween Minnesode, Jaye is joined by guest host Matthew Baxley and special guest Sarah Stover to go on a tour of Grand Marais' newest (and, only) haunted house! Located in an old funeral home, the new owners, the Riddles, have done an incredible job turning an unwanted space into something really amazing for Halloween. Listen to Matthew yelp, Jaye laugh, and Sarah provides occasional commentary (she was behind us and off-mic most of the tour). Enjoy and have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Episode 115: The Pies of Grand Marais
Thanksgiving is coming up! The North Shore is a great place to enjoy a large, family Thanksgiving in a beautiful vacation rental or lakeside resort. But, having Thanksgiving here takes a bit of planning! Especially when it comes to getting some of the area's best pies in time for the holiday. Jaye and new host, Martha, met up with Hana Crosby of Crosby Bakery and Dan and Melodee Riddle of Blue Water Cafe to hear all about their favorite seasonal pies and how you can go about ordering one for your Thanksgiving feast.