March has popped in on us and it feels just a tad bit warmer. We can still get below zero but it warms up into the twenties almost every day. Of course, the days are also getting longer. It is the kind of weather where people are more interested in getting outside.
With that in mind, Sunday (the 3rd) was the snowmobile club’s annual trout derby on Gunflint Lake. It appeared to be one of the best attended in several years. Bruce and I went over for just a moment. It looked like at least 100 people were gathered around. It is a great family even with all ages finding something to do. The winning fish weighed about 6 ½ pounds. It was a good enough for the $500 first prize. That’s not a bad reward for a morning’s fishing. Gunflint looks rather barren this morning with everyone cleared off. I have a small picture for you. The main lodge at Gunflint is just barely visible in the background.
Bonnie from the outfitters also felt the urge to get outside for a bit this past week. She met Janice from the Quetico Park at the gate to the Chik-Wauk Museum. The two of them were going to snowshoe up to the top of Blueberry Hill. Starting at the gate it is about 1 ½ miles up to the top of the hill. Once on top you get a wonderful view down the Saganaga Channel. Bonnie figured the up and down took about 2 hours total time. By the time they got to the top she was ready to die but it was worth it. On the top is a beautiful bench that Bob Baker Sr. built. He is assembled it, then disassembled it, and a group of guys carried the pieces up where Bob put it back together again. It is a great spot from which to absorb the forest and lakes spreading out in front of you.
Our dog musher, Adam, has been very busy giving rides to everyone around. The warm days (up here daytime temperatures in the twenties are considered warm) have tempted lots of people to take a ride. Last Saturday Adam was giving rides on the lake as he usually does. A couple was in the sled and they all took off as planned. Suddenly Adams was distracted for just a minute. At the same time the sled’s runners went over a runted area. In just a flash, Adam was off the sled and in the snow. He jumped up and ran after the dogs yelling for them to stop. They slowed down a bit and he tried to get the guests to use their feet as brakes. Finally all the dogs stopped and Adam caught up to them. It is a good reminder that Adam is not just along for the ride. He has to concentrate all the time to keep control over everything.
Reservations for the summer are really coming in. Every day we are surprised at how many people are calling to reserve their favorite cabin. If you are thinking about coming our way this summer, give us a call so that we can hold your special cabin.