Wildersmith on the Gunflint

Fred Smith

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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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Wildersmith August 12

The Full Sturgeon Moon marks a split of August in half as we near the end of week two.


Fawn

Wildersmith August 5

2011 in the upper Gunflint Territory is starting to show signs of aging as we compete the first week of August.


 
This month, be on the lookout for folks with buckets of blue, as well as a rising of the Blueberry Moon

Wildersmith July 29

With the fifth July weekend at hand, out northland bids farewell to month seven.


Canoeists fight the wake in the Women's Solo Races

Wildersmith July 22

The spirit of our atmosphere is snarling as the once wonderful summer got ugly hot since our last visit.


 
Roger Lynn on Flickr

Wild Flowers And Berries Scatter the Forest Floors

Summer is flying by as we have reached the midpoint of July with the full “half-way moon,” all on this same weekend.


Photo by Crane Farm on Flickr

Wildersmith: Savoring the Natural Sounds of the North

Here we are, with one week of month seven behind us along the Gunflint Trail.


 
Photo by J. Pellgen on Flickr

Wildersmith: The Month of the "Half Way," Moon Marks Mid-Summer

Our northern summer is in full stride now. The month of the “full buck” or “half way” moon (Aabito-Niibino Giizis) signals the beginning of the wind down of 2011.


Photo by Amanda Slater on Flickr

Wildersmith: Wet Season and Wildlife Encounters

Summer solstice has marked a passing of the baton in our northern half of the universe. The Gunflint territory accepted its departing of spring in a rather damp way.


 
Summer Solstice in the Wilderness Photo by Dionne Hartnett on Flickr

Solstice Time in The Wilderness

Summer magic is taking its turn for both residents and visitors to the Gunflint.


Photo by Out At Bob's on Flickr

Wildersmith: Gusts, Summer Green and Baby Wildlife

Atmospheric conditions have been fairly pleasant over the past seven. The only exception being about 36 hours of gnashing winds, followed by one more night of frost on the rooftops.