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Mother Nature is a Dirty Whore

Swinging Bridge in Jay Cooke State Park

Stone Arch Bridge during the June 2012 flood

As many of you have heard on the news, heavy rains in Northern Minnesota caused major flooding in and around Duluth.  Towns were evacuated, roads were washed out, homes destroyed.  Animals at the Duluth Zoo were killed or washed out of their enclosures by the rising waters.  Luckily, the seals and polar bear were returned home, safe and sound.  I’m happy to report that all of my northern friends and their families are safe and made it through the floods with minimal damage to their home and property.  However, one of my favorite state parks wasn’t so lucky.  Jay Cooke State Park, near Carlton, MN was hit hard.  The rising St. Louis River and creeks running through the park washed out many of the park’s trails.  The swinging bridge over the St. Louis River, that I have fond memories of walking over blindfolded as a team building activity on a trip during high school, was completely washed away.  One of my first tastes of the state that would become my home was on a camping trip with my family where we spent several nights at Jay Cooke.  My first rafting trip was on the St. Louis River as a high schooler.  The have my sight set on the Half Voyageur Trail marathon as my first race.  The course goes through Jay Cooke and had crossed over the swinging bridge.  Other parts of the course were hit hard by the rains as well.

The Duluth Trail Runners are organizing a clean up of the trails in Duluth on June 25th at 7pm.  Meet at Chester Park by the play ground if you would like to help them out.  Please pass this info on to any runners and non-runners in the area that would like to help out.  

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One response

  1. Erin @ Happier, Healthier, More Fit Me

    Wow! Thats some crazy flowing water!

    I went to university in Thunder Bay, and played soccer at UMD many times:) such a beautiful area. I hope they rebuild the bridge.

    2012/06/22 at 9:08 pm

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