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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"During the Arctic spell, the area has been a place of soul-soothing silence..." (Mr.OutdoorGuy/Flickr)

Wildersmith: February 1

Along with the rest of the universe, the upper Trail heads off into 2013 chapter two, February’s a calling! Wow, what an ending to January.
 


"The “northern express” arrived last weekend, a bit late, but roaring with a vengeance..." (Anette K/Flickr)

Wildersmith January 25

“His fullness” the “great spirit moon” (Gich-Manidoo-Giizis) shines down on the northland this weekend.


 
"After doing damage to the crystal charm of our winter landscape...the atmosphere deity sent us back into the freezer"

Wildersmith January 18

It’s been a little bit of déjà vu in the Gunflint corridor. The weather outside’s been frightful, only not as we would have expected.
 


Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race

Wildersmith January 11

Real Gunflint Trail winter weather remains a non-issue as the area enters week two of the New Year.


 
Gunflint Trail (Bearskin Lodge/Flickr)

Wildersmith January 4

Happy New Year everyone from the upper Gunflint Trail! Here’s wishing for an upbeat 2013!
 


Squirrel raids a bird feeder (Dave Lundy/Flickr)

Wildersmith December 28

The Gunflint is closing in on its last days of 2012. This is happening under the watchful gaze of our “little spirit moon” (Manidoo Giizisoons).
 


 
Gunflint Trail (Ben Edwards/Flickr)

Wildersmith December 21

Keying this week’s Gunflint scoop, I find the heavens are aligned, finally signaling the first day of winter.


"...This congealing occurrence is as glorious as will be a return to surges dashing the granite shore next May..."

Wildersmith December 14

Our month of the “little spirit moon” is whizzing by in the upper Gunflint.


 
Pine Marten (travelling.steve/Flickr)

Wildersmith December 7

The northland begins chapter 12 of the year 2012, and most everyone is engulfed with holiday celebration aspirations.


The Gunflint Trail finally saw some snow this week... (Photo by Mr.OutdoorGuy/Flickr)

Wildersmith November 30

Finally, the great northern express pulled through our Gunflint station, better late than never!