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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Wildersmith March 29

Adios March…it’s almost April…no fooling! The way month three has flown by makes me wonder if there isn’t some way we could slow life down.


Chipmunk (-infinity-/Flickr)

Wildersmith April 5

The upper Gunflint Territory seemed headed toward a lamb-like end to March. We were teased with a couple swell early spring days, then came Easter Sunday.


 
Canada Lynx (myheimu/Flickr)

Wildersmith March 22

‘Twas the days before spring, and all through the woods, the critters were stirring in shivering wonderment.


Musher at Much for a Cure (by Stephan Hoglund)

Wildersmith March 15

After last weekend’s snow, it seems hard to believe the official calling of spring is only five days away.


 
Pine Marten (George Lamson/Flickr)

Wildersmith March 8

Whew, a week of March has come and gone already. Our semi-winter continues in the upper Gunflint.


"...sunshine glistening off mounds of snow piled here and there in kaleidoscope sparkles..." (realityfanclub/Flickr)

Wildersmith March 1

The upper Trail is “marching” into month three as February bids adieu in lamb-like character.


 
Pine Marten (travelling.steve/Flickr)

Wildersmith February 22

Thanks go out to Rosey, that news-scoopin’ K-9 from over on Hungry Jack Lake, for covering my absence last week.


 
"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.