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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Gunflint Green-Up

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: April 11

A third of the way into month four and “old man winter” is still tinkering around with his seasonal elements up this way.


River Otter

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: April 4

No foolin’, it’s April!  As the keying of this week's scoop began filling the monitor screen, the weather guessers were predicting another swipe from “old man winter.”


 
Gunflint Trail

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: March 28

The Wildersmith two are back in the woods. It’s always a joy to return to this northern Riviera following one of our southern road trips.


Pine Marten

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: March 14

At the time this weeks’ scoop commences, it appears that Old Man Winter might have slipped on the ice and lost his grip.


 
Gunflint Lake

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: March 7

As Gunflint Territory turns the page into March, Old Man Winter is still gnashing his teeth.


Snow-Covered Branches

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: February 28

The northland closed the books on chapter 2 of 2014, and welcomes the third stanza.  February turned out much the same as her predecessor, cold and quite snowy by months end.


 
Snowy landscape

Wildersmith on the Gunflint: February 21

It’s with a heavy heart that the Smiths return to Gunflint Territory. Followers of this weekly endeavor realize that I have not been at the keyboard over the past month.