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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Whiskey Jack

Wildersmith November 4

The 20th anniversary of the northland’s great Halloween snowstorm was celebrated quietly with no repeat.


"How's that for warm and cuddly?"

Wildersmith October 28

Who would believe that October has come and almost gone? There she goes on the flurry of wings things headed south.


 
It's amazing how quickly the scenery changes this time of year

Wildersmith October 21

A big atmospheric turnabout has happened along the upper Trail.


There's a crackling crunch under foot this week up the Gunflint

Wildersmith October 14

Back at Wildersmith once more! Again my thanks go out to Rosey’s dad for covering me while I made a quick run to Iowa for a grandson’s visit.


 
Dagwagin (fall) has officially arrived in Gunflint territory!

Wildersmith September 30

It’s official now, Dagwagin (fall) in the north woods. After weeks of anticipation, the glorious season of color is what it is!


September has arrived, and so have cooler temperatures! Wildersmith hit a low of 22 degrees this month.

Wildersmith September 23

Truly, east is east and west is west as old Sol kisses summer goodbye. “Fire & Ice” over the past week has been a prelude to our northland equinox.


 
Wildersmith spotted evidence in places along the Gunflint where a few young birches are dropping leaves

Wildersmith September 9

My how time flies! The first week of our month of the wild rice/harvest moon has slipped away.


Cattails have matured in roadside swamps up the Gunflint Trail

Wildersmith September 2

September has come a-calling in our north woods. Everything about autumn is for real now!


 
Golden rod and tansy blooms line roadside ditches as fall approaches

Wildersmith August 26

August is waning in the northland. You can feel it in the perpetual whispering through the tall pines.


Early fall is making its first appearance up the Gunflint!

Wildersmith August 19

Pre-autumn is evolving steadily throughout the upper Trail territory. New eye-catching observations have added to the items mentioned in last week’s news.