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 on the Gunflint Nov. 4, 2009

We can be comfortable in knowing that summer has passed as we enter week one of November in the north woods. Our windiest segment of the year is just now beginning to build.


Wildersmith on the Gunflint Oct. 28, 2009

The northland leaves a typical October and enters the 11th hour of 2009.


Wildersmith on the Gunflint Oct. 21, 2009

I’m back in the saddle again as the old-time western tune by Gene Autry declares. Not really in the saddle, but back at Wildersmith, sitting at the keyboard.


Wildersmith on the Gunflint Oct. 7, 2009

We are going into October’s first full week and the past several days have seen the heavens shrouded with gray.


Wildersmith on the Gunflint Sept. 23, 2009

Our calendars say it’s fall, but atmospheric conditions continue to reflect summer in September.


Wildersmith On the Gunflint Sept.16, 2009

It has been two weeks since September took over and the Gunflint territory is still waiting for some fresh frosty air to greet our morning inhaling.

Grey squirrel

Wildersmith On the Gunflint Sept. 9, 2009

Indian summer hit the north woods during the first week of month nine. And a perfect weekend greeted area residents and visitors as they celebrated the Labor Day holiday.

Maple tree

Wildersmith On The Gunflint Sept. 2, 2009

October-like conditions send August a-packing. After an end-of-the-month drenching, the territory got some of that marvelous “see your breath” cold.


Wildersmith On The Gunflint Aug. 26, 2009

The upper Gunflint territory got more welcome rain, and our brief sweaty summer session was broken. Several days of gray and wet gave way to a luscious next to last weekend in August.