Back In The Saddle

     Sorry if you’ve been here lately and found no new posts. I took a couple of weeks off for the holidays. It feels odd not to write a whit for that long, but it’s probably good to have the break.     On Sunday afternoon, a friend from Budapest, Hungary, and I hooked up for…
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White Winter

     Not only did snow come earlier this year, but it fell across all parts of the North Country. That means snowmobilers and cross-country skiers seeking snow can find it everywhere. In some winters, where only one area has snow, it can put a lot of pressure on that area, crowding trails and making…
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Check The Geminid Shower

No, they’re not aliens. But they do come from out there in space. The annual Geminid meteor shower occurs Thursday evening in the eastern sky. You can start looking for these meteors, which appear as shooting stars, about 8 p.m. The show just gets better as the night goes on, meaning you see more meteors…
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The Scent Of Balsam Fir

    We put up our Christmas tree over the weekend. When you step back and think about it, that custom is kind of crazy. A bunch of us who enjoy trees — which has to be most of us — are nevertheless willing to pony up close to $40 to have someone cut one…
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Nice Moment On The Ski Trail

    The sun was low in the west as my 17-year-old son and I slid along the cross-country ski trails at Duluth’s Hartley Park Saturday afternoon. The day was cold, but the skiing on these classic-style tracks was superb. Unquestioned kick and decent glide.      My son was leading when he rounded a corner…
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