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Wildersmith on the Gunflint

Fred Smith

Fred Smith
Fred Smith, a native Iowan re-located to the wilderness of border country at the end of the century, has been writing of happenings in the upper Gunflint territory for going on eight years, first with the local paper, and since December 2008 for WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Fred feels life in the woods is extraordinary, and finds reporting on it to both a reading and listening audience a pleasurable challenge. Since retirement as a high school athletic administrator from Ankeny High School, Ankeny Iowa in 1999, the pace of Fred's life has become less hectic but nevertheless, remains busy in new ways with many volunteer activities along the Trail. Listen at your convenience by subscribing to a podcast.

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White Abstraction

Wildersmith December 4

Winter took another swipe at the Gunflint Territory last week. And for once the weather forecasters hit one right on.

Untitled Winter

Wildersmith November 27

Old Man Winter seems to be enjoying the territory now that he has finally arrived.  For the second consecutive weekend, the pesky guy has dropped a few more inches of snow.


Wildersmith November 19

 Back in the wilderness once more. My thanks are again extended to the canine residing on Hungry Jack Lake that brought you last week’s Gunflint scoop!

Snowshoe Hare

Wildersmith November 5

After several months of growling about the months of territorial drought, a rather substantial precipitation event occurred over a few days last week. Wonders will never cease!


Wildersmith October 29

 Like the flurry of migrating avian creatures, October has flown by. Meek and mellow most of the time, our 10th segment of 2010 finally showed a hint of winter last week.



Wildersmith October 22

It’s ‘shine on Harvest Moon’ time in the wilderness. This weekend marks the full lunar experience for the month of falling leaves.


Wildersmith October 15

 After a pleasantly cool September most days of October have been considerably warmer than normal. In that vein, it has been so warm that those nasty bitin’ flies have been reborn.

Forest Floor

Wildersmith October 8

 I’m back in the woods once more. Thanks again to the wonder dog over on Hungry Jack Lake for covering me during the recent hiatus.



Wildersmith September 24

 Autumn is officially declared…and what a package for the north woods: the equinox and the full “corn” moon occurring within hours of each other.


Wildersmith September 17

 Our trek into autumn continues throughout the upper Gunflint Territory…and senses are being excited, both visually and also with a caressing from chilled Canadian air currents.