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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"...The foliage of aspen and birch are beginning to favor aurous tones over their virescent tints of the past few months.."

Wildersmith August 24

Ambiance of adventure in this north woods territory is ever present, but is never more cherished than as we pass from season to season.


Sunset over Gunflint Lake (bdearth/Flickr)

Wildersmith August 17

The third weekend of August recorded seven days of tranquil weather passing through the upper Trail.


 
"More etchings of autumnal splendor are beginning to appear in the woods..." (Topyti/Flickr)

Wildersmith August 10

With each passing day, signs of fall continue creeping into the north woods. Most notable since we last met on the radio was the coolness of last weekend.


Wild Rose Hips

Wildersmith August 3

“Neebing” has moved into August, and before the northland can even blink its eyes, the full blueberry moon has come and gone.


 
Canoe Lineup, Gunflint Canoe Races 2012

Wildersmith July 27

One can hardly believe that by the next time we meet on the radio, July will have been chalked up to the record books.


Fireweed is already in bloom this summer...

Wildersmith July 20

Mother Nature turned on those of us residing up the Gunflint this past week.


 
A thermometer that measures the heat index (Karen Montgomery/Flickr)

Wildersmith July 6

A week of month seven has slipped by along the Trail.


Canoe on Gunflint Lake (Maury Landsman/Flickr)

Wildersmith June 29

As the chapter on June is closing, we saw Mother Nature do a little muscle flexing during the past week.


 
"The second half of June has gotten off to a glorious wet start..."

Wildersmith June 22

The second half of June has gotten off to a glorious wet start. The upper Trail saw choking dust turn to mud with a fine drop from the heavens last Saturday night.


Hummingbird

Wildersmith June 15

“June is bustin’ out all over” as the old tune goes. It was never more evident than the past weekend as temperatures soared into the miserable category up the Trail.