The sun is rising earlier every day and I am loving it. After dropping Abby off at the bus stop I drove down the trail to cross country ski. It was a cold morning, about 4 below, and there was frost on the trees and the snow was sparkling. As I skied through the woods I tried to take in everything around me, knowing it could be one of the last times I get out this season. I stopped to listen and I heard it. Complete silence. Not a bird chirping, a vehicle going by, nor the crunch of the snow, just the sound of my heart beating. I took a deep breath and smelled it. Not exhaust or garbage, no real scent at all, just pure, fresh air. I looked around and I saw it. Not a building in site, just the beauty of the snow and trees against the backdrop of a beautiful blue sky and the sun shining down brightly. I wonder if there are other places on earth as special as the Gunflint Trail. Out there today, I found it. A place so wonderful I never want to leave. Have a sunshiny day.