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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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.


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.