Sunday, January 3, 2016

Cross-Country Paradise!

You would never know it by looking at the Minnesota shoreline of Lake Superior right now, but it is in fact a winter wonderland in northern Minnesota.  Especially up along the Gunflint Trail, where they have plenty of snow.  Almost everywhere you look along the Gunflint the trees are covered with snow.  It is white pretty much everywhere you look!  And, it has been that way for at least a couple of weeks.  

The initial snow that fell up there was very wet and must have been followed by some pretty cold temperatures, as it is literally stuck to the trees.  Often after a snow storm we have wind and that wind will knock most of the snow from the trees.  But, that hasn't happened yet.  The wind hasn't been strong enough to knock the stubborn snow from the trees. It sure makes for a beautiful environment, especially when you can get out on some skis or snowshoes!  

This photo was made on New Year's Day on the Bearskin Lodge trails.  First tracks of the new year!  Do yourself a favor and take a drive up the Gunflint.  Bring your skis or snowshoes and go on an adventure in the woods.  You won't be disappointed!  Hats off to the staff at the resorts for getting out and working hard to clear the trails.  Thanks to that heavy snow, countless trees and branches were bent over the trails, completely blocking the route in many places.  Thanks to their hard work we are able to get out and enjoy the beautiful trails!

Just in case you're wondering, this is what a lot of the trails looked like before the crews got out to clear them:

No comments: