When I booked our trip to Gunflint Lodge, I was expecting a snow-filled weekend of cross country skiing and dog mushing. That was before 75 degree days arrived in March. Suffice it to say, "Mud Season" came early to the Northwoods this year. The area typically has heavy snow and frozen lakes through May. “It’s the earliest thaw I’ve ever seen,” Sherry Baker of the nearby Gunflint Pines Resort told us. “And I’ve been here since ’89.”
Without the snow we, like everyone else on the trail, had to improvise.
Driving along the iron-ore red Gunflint Trail, at dusk.
Scenes from Gunflint Lodge
|No dog sledding in mud season|
|Cozy cabin for two|
|Justine Kerfoot, Northwoods adventurer.|
|Boat at sea|
|I see Canada|
Artist's Point in Grand Marais, Minnesota.
|Names in stone, 1902.|
We brake for fresh pies
|Blueberry, cherry and strawberry medley|