Fun on the Gunflint Trail

     I am happy to report I was able to get out and enjoy two of my favorite activities the other day.  Not only did I get to go spear fishing for Northern Pike but I also went cross-country skiing on the groomed trails.  

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  Our fishing shelter was set up on Poplar Lake near a friend’s house.  He and another friend had been sitting in the cozy shelter waiting for a Northern to check out the sucker minnow in their hole.  They hadn’t seen anything all morning so I was doubtful when it was my turn to stare.  I had barely sat down when all of a sudden there was a shadow in the hole.  A small Northern was checking out the minnow!  I slowly lowered the spear into the water, placed it directly above the Northern, gave it a bit of a directional push and let it go.  When I pulled the spear up through the hole I was quite disappointed to see the spear tines did not have a Northern on it.  That was the only Northern we saw all day, better luck next time I guess.

     The cross-country ski trails were groomed after the New Year’s Eve snowfall.  We received about 4-6 inches of new snow, just enough to get the trails in good enough shape to ski.  The Trails up by Voyageur and Gunflint Lake aren’t tracked yet but I didn’t mind.  I thoroughly enjoyed getting back into the woods and hearing the swoosh swoosh sound of my skis on the freshly fallen snow.  I can’t wait to get back out there again.

     It is so much fun living up here at the end of the Gunflint Trail.  I wish you all could come on up and enjoy the winter wonderland we live in.