Wildersmith on the Gunflint

Fred Smith

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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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Heading up the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais

Wildersmith on the Gunflint June 3

June, the month of our full “strawberry moon” (Ode’imini Giizis”) is at hand.


Warm weather has arrived on the Gunflint!

Wildersmith May 27

April snow and rain showers that the northland experienced a few weeks ago are beginning to bear results. The upper Gunflint is alive and well with blooming of all kinds.


 
Hooded Merganzer

Wildersmith May 20

Regardless of summer still being a month away according to the calendar, I believe we can declare the season pretty much upon us.


Green is the word of the month along the Gunflint Trail

Wildersmith May 13

I’m back in the woods once more! Great to be home at Wildersmith after a fine trip to Iowa for my annual stint as an official at the 102nd Drake Relays in Des Moines.


 
Snowshoe Hare

Wildersmith April 22

“Old Man Winter” roared back into the north woods this past weekend. In simple terms, it was “Just a moment, my wilderness friends and little Miss Spring.


Crack in the Ice by Bryan Hansel

Wildersmith April 15

It’s looking like spring, feeling like spring and smelling like spring. I think “Mother Nature” has declared it spring in our northern forest.


 
Gunflint Trail

Wildersmith April 8

Last Sunday evening, as I keyed this weeks’ news from the upper Gunflint, Old Man Winter was taking what may be one last swipe at the northland. He wasn’t fooling around either.


Ice Fishing

Wildersmith April 1

Old Man Winter wandered back to the upper Trail after taking a spring break in the middle part of the month. However, he brought only cold with nothing white to go along with it.


 
Pussy Willow

Wildersmith March 25

Gunflint Territory celebrated March’s supermoon even though it had to burn through the clouds last Saturday night. The effect in the upper Trail was not as had been expected.


Musher at Much for a Cure (by Stephan Hoglund)

Wildersmith March 18

After an upper Trail weekend of barking and angling, peaceful celestial events take center stage for residents and visitors.