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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Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: July 26th

This green tunnel through the woods has forever been blessed with magic, and the past week saw the “old gal” who is in charge of things adding some much needed enhancement.  Rain the


 
Water drops on blades of grass

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: July 19th

Both July and summer are flying by. Having missed the past couple weeks of bringing the Gunflint scoop to you, it’s good to be back home in the woods.


Forest wildflowers.

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: June 28

June is fast fading into the record books, and the halfway point of our year in border country is peeking over the horizon.  While time has quietly slipped away, we are already a week into summer


 
Lake Trout

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: June 21

The Gunflint Territory is in celebration mode this weekend.  The solstice of summer” marks the first happy event today (the 21st

Black bears near Seagull Lake, Cook County, MN.

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: June 14

The Trail folk are rounding out week two with the “Neebing (summer) Express” bearing down on the territory.  By next time we meet over the airwaves, our


 
Gunflint Trail

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: June 7

The Trail folk are rounding out week two with the “Neebing (summer) Express” bearing down on the territory.  By next time we meet over the airwaves, our skinny spring will give way to


Minnesota Lake

Wildersmith: May 31

The Trail is just getting used to May and here comes June! My, how the days go by in paradise!
           


 
Northern Lights (Charlie Stinchcomb/Flickr)

Wildersmith May 24

Alas, genuine spring on the Gunflint!  The power of Zigwan (spring in Ojibwe) has overcome the frosty spirit of a long winter.


Loon (aaronHwarren/Flickr)

Wildersmith May 17

Our second week of month five found that stubborn Old Man of the North slipping some but still unwilling to relinquish full command of his extended reign over the upper Gunflint atmosphere.