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 June 18

The Gunflint territory was blessed with a bit more moisture since we last met on the radio.

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Wildersmith June 10

Week one of June saw a significant turnabout in upper Gunflint  Trail weather.

 
Black bear tracks/photo from wikimedia commons

Wildersmith June 3

Gunflint welcomes the month of the strawberry moon.  For the moose and me, the greeting is with trepidation due to the recent hot humid days along the Trail.


Aspen stand

Wildersmith May 27

The woods are in the midst of the “full flower” moon as May winds down.

 
Forget-Me-Not flower

Wildersmith May 20

With a major May rain in the upper Trail reaches, all kinds of happy things are happening.


Black Bear/photo from HBarrison on flickr

Wildersmith May 13

Just when March and April got us all enthused about warm weather things, along comes May with her normal unpredictability, and we are brought back to northern reality.


 
Loon image from Kristin Maling on Flickr

Wildersmith May 6

The Wildersmith two are back in the woods. After a swell 11-day visit to family and friends in Iowa, it’s great to be back at our wilderness “home sweet home.”
 


An early spring has made for an active grouse population

Wildersmith April 14

Spring is now official along the Gunflint Lake shores. It is declared so because the lake ice departed in the afternoon of April 10.


 
Crows

Wildersmith April 7

No foolin’, its April already and the forest is easing into week two.  The magic of Easter Sunday opened gloomy, with drizzle and snow along some parts of the upper Trail.


Footprints on Sawbill Lake, photo courtesy of Sawbill Outfitters

Wildersmith April 1

The weather cooled some in the wilderness last week, though it would appear that we have had the last sub-zero temps for several months to come.