Moving On

    It’s subtle, but you can sense it. We’re moving inexorably into mid-summer. The lush growth of early spring — as rain-delayed as it was this year — has begun to lose its edge. The spring flowers have bloomed and are settling in to make fruit for later in summer. Blueberries should be coming on…
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It’s Hungry Out There

A member of our camping group sips a drink with supper while trying to remain under the protection of her headnet. Six of us were camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness last week, where mosquitoes and blackflies were persistent. Buggy tripSix of us spent five days in the canoe country north of Lutsen…
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North Shore Morning

Saturday morning, shortly after sunrise, I’ll be hanging out with a few other folks along the shore of Lake Superior. About six thousand others. We’ll be gathered near the Lakeview Castle for the start of the Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon. I’ve always liked the start of that race. The shore is usually peaceful, the sun low…
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On The Trails

Is this any way to treat a nice pair of running shoes? Perhaps not, but if you run trails — especially this year — that’s what your shoes will look like. It’s been muddier longer this year than it has for a few years. But, to me, it’s worth it to run in the woods.…
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Apple Blossoms And Rhubarb

This weather has been a bit crazy and cold and wet and nasty, but when I let Lucy, the yellow Lab, out in the yard tonight, I noticed these apple blossoms that had collected on a big ol’ rhubarb leaf. Not a big deal, no. Just one of those nice little images that sometimes appears…
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