I took a bunch of time off work to head north into the woods, with plans of hiking the entire superior hiking trail. My dog and I set off from hinckley on the Willard Munger trail because that was were our ride dropped us off. Over the next 5 days we hike some 60 miles to Jay Cooke State Park. This is were the Duluth section of the SHT begins. It was sure a great feeling to see the first sign for the trail. The Willard Munger is paved and more of a bicycle trail. The asphault killed my feet. By the time I got to Jay Cooke I was limping a bit on a sore ankle and my other foot was quite blistery. My poor choice in foot wear was, a poor choice. The Duluth section is very nice, but there are no campsites along the way. I never had too much trouble finding a good stealth spot. There are limitless places to hang a hammock in Minnesota. The trail is not completed between Duluth and Two Harbors so I got out the old compass and tried navigating through snowmobile and deer trails. There were a lot of swampy areas, I sunk to my knees a couple times. Then we followed where the woods had been cleared for power lines. There were tons of deer stands but I didn't see anyone out bow hunting. We followed the road for the last 12 miles or so to get back on the trail at foxfarm road. I was so excited to be at the trail head I started down the first trail I saw. It was the one they were working on back toward Duluth. We stayed at the new camp site. It looked like we were the first ones to stay there. I was really enjoying the views and the weather but after a couple more days I decided my feet couldn't take anymore and I called home for a ride. We went a good hundred twenty miles or so and it was a really good trip. This was my first long distance hike, and I'm looking forward to the next one. It got cold enough to freeze my water a couple nights but I stayed warm. A big thanks to Stormcrow for getting me a winter incubator in time for the trip. Next year I will be investing in a good pair of hiking boots.