Regular visitors here know that my favorite time of year is when I’m offline and in the woods. It’s even better when my favorite lady comes along, as she does on most trips when I’m not shooting at God’s creatures.
Sharon and I spent much of last week on the two-lane highway you see in this picture. It’s called Ham Lake Trail, and it’s situated just south of the high cliffs above Gunflint Lake in northeast Minnesota. No tough sledding here, just beautifully groomed Nordic ski trails that only a few hearty soles dared tread during last week’s record cold snap.
Most of our mornings began around -12F and slowly moved up into the positive single digits. Overnight lows went to -30F. But I didn’t feel the chill — not once.
Food, lodging and hospitality at the Gunflint Lodge were top notch, and the off-season rates fantastic. Still, most of you might do better visiting this place in July or August — when they’re not driving Chevy pickups across the lake! For you romantics, let me recommend Cabin #4 #5 or #6.
I’m not ready for any serious blogging yet, as the snow is flying in NEOhio and the trails around Sandy Lake are calling me out. Classes don’t start for another week, so I figure on doin’ the carpe diem thing as long as I can.
Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post and others who are still sending the link around Twitter. Until we meet again, stay chilly, my friends.
I’ve posted some photos from the trip on my Facebook page. Regarding Facebook, I’m happy to connect with anyone who’s at least half sane.