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Wildersmith on the Gunflint

Fred Smith

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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Wildersmith February 18

A couple weeks ago I talked of this being the month of the full “worm” moon. I have discovered that I was a month ahead of myself as this lunar handle should be applied to March.


Wildersmith February 11

Alas, America is beyond its self-imposed Super Sunday! After more than two weeks of nonsensical analytical madness about cheese or steel, the masses can return to normal, whatever that means.


Wildersmith February 4

The north woods survived January, and we are off into the month of Namebini Giizis (the “sucker moon” as the Ojibwe call it).

Pine Marten (by travelling.steve on Flickr)

Wildersmith January 28

The romance and adventure of life in the wilderness was enriched last weekend with some big-time cold.

A Minnesota Blizzard (by Googleaseerch on wikimedia)

Wildersmith January 21

The Full Wolf/Great Spirit moon was a howling celebrity over the Gunflint Territory as it approached fullness last weekend.

Canada Lynx (by Michael Zahra on wikimedia)

Wildersmith January 14

Winter has set down with the usual January cold, and has offered up a couple days of meager snow accumulations since we last met on the radio and/or web.

Frozen Lake (by Mike6271 on wikimedia)

Wildersmith January 7

A belated Happy New Year to everyone! The days spin by so fast regardless of where one is located, and being in the wilderness is no exception, 2011 is already a week old!

Snow (User:Introvert on Wikimedia)

Wildersmith December 24

 The north woods and all the universe is celebrating the birthday of all birthdays in a few short hours.

Winter by Pöllö on Wikimedia

Wildersmith December 17

 For some folks, “the weather outside is frightful,” but for the moose and me, “it’s just delightful.” What a gift we have in the out-of-doors from October to May!

Middle of the Road

Wildersmith December 11

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?  I’m guessing that such is the case down on Bow Lake at Okontoe as “in the lane, snow is glistening.” It’s a gorgeous winter wonderla