Hit The Trails

     It’s hard to say what tonight’s predicted snow will do, but in recent days, trail running in the Duluth area has been excellent. The trails are snow-packed and firm. If you wear a pair of cleats or YakTrax over your running shoes, traction is excellent. Without them, you might find some slippery spots.     …
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Grouse On A Stick

Photo courtesy Bill and Paula Johnson/Nashwauk      Bill Johnson of Nashwauk found this ruffed grouse impaled on a sapling while he was walking his dogs on a trail behind the Johnson home. He and his wife, Paula, assume that the grouse ran the stick through its body as it was coming down to roost in…
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In The Grasp Of A Frozen River

When I was covering an ice-climbing story at Gooseberry Falls State Park recently, I came upon the scene above when leaving the river. Three cedars are ankle-deep in overflow ice. I liked the way the sunlight played on the ice. The trees were just above the Lower Falls on the river. As the river began…
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Morning Surprise

I glanced out the kitchen window Tuesday morning to see the scene above, a brilliant pre-sunrise wash of pink in the sky behind the bare branches of oaks and maples. It didn’t last long, this dawn display of color. It was just one of those fleeting moments of beauty that the natural world offers up…
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How’s Your Sense Of Direction?

    On a recent winter camping trip near Atikokan, Ontario, a couple of my friends tried an experiment. On a snow-covered and frozen lake, they closed their eyes and tried to snowshoe straight toward a pre-determined point for 100 strides. One of my friends almost immediately began curling to the right and ended up making a…
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