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Get Outdoors: Snowshoeing Glensheen

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Glensheen has deep historical roots in Duluth. And now it's opening up for even more exploration. In this weeks Get Outdoors, Meteorologist Adam Lorch shows us the new adventure offered at the estate.


A new kind of tour is available at Glensheen in Duluth, but it's not a tour indoors. Snowshoeing has hit the estate!

Dan Hartman, Director Glensheen Mansion, said "Glenn sheen is a 12 acre estate and what I think is Glensheen is a 12 acre estate and what I think is interesting is we have such a huge Shoreline on Lake superior which is not your normal snowshoe location. Plus we have some stone arch bridge is to go underneath we've got some woods to go through, we've got some sliding hills that we may or may not do today but I think it's way more of an adventure than what people would think."

Don't have snowshoes? That's alight, Glensheen was able to get some old school snowshoes from Hartley Nature Center that you can rent.

"This is the most common one which is referred to as Ojibwe. You'll notice the point, and the purpose is to cut through the woods better because here in Minnesota we have a lot of underbrush. Now if you have an area like a field or Lake do you want to use the bear Now if you have an area like a field or a lake do you want to use the bear paw, it actually gets through the deeper snow." said Hartman.

Once you have your snowshoes picked out and strapped in, it's time to explore. And there are many cool new trails to hit.

Hartman explained, "When you hike over by London Road in the woods, there's a view of the mansion that you can't normally ever see. And because it's elevated you feel like you're on the second floor of the mansion looking down."

You can even hike down to Tischer Creek! And that's actually where the name Glensheen comes from.

"This place is called Glensheen because this is the Glenn.  And then the sheen off the lake in the creek. Because the family really viewed this is one of the primary parts of the property and that's why it's nicknamed that." said Hartman.

Soaking in the history and beauty doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg either.

"Anytime that you take a tour whether it's a general admission or a grounds pass actually comes with snowshoe rental." said Hartman.

So get out and do some exploring in the historic grounds outdoors.

Hartman said, "Really we're just trying to get people to enjoy this Beautiful estate that is beautiful year-round and for us that work here the poor winter grounds get forgotten. And it's a gorgeous thing."

Glensheen officials say Snowshoeing will be offered for as long as Mother Nature allows. And you can always catch get outdoors every Monday evening and Tuesday morning right here on kbjr 6.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch

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