The title refers to the fact that this trip is not in a mountain range, national or state park or even entirely in a national forest, there are no trails, it's just nowhere in particular but out the back door of my mother-in-law who had kindly offered to babysit our daughter for the weekend.
We had a good look at the satellite images on google earth and my wife tried to recall family trips from 15 years ago to come up with this route.
This was around Melrude, in northern Minnesota, up Paleface Creek through Morcom lake if there's anyone from the area reading this.
It was great to see we could get the solitude and adventure of off-trail travel right out the backdoor, you don't always have to go somewhere exotic.
We skied on the creeks most of the time, unless they were open, then we hacked through the grass and alder of the swamp.
We carried the packs on the sled most of the time except for the final pull through the tiny creek back down to Berg Lake, where the snow was soft and there was a lot of bushwacking.
- This is one of the innumerable beaver lodges, with it's stash of branches stuck in the mud under water. -
The weather was gorgeous, kindly agreeing to rain only while we slept. We were a bit overdressed at night, since it never got below freezing, contrary to the forecast of 18F lows.