This weekend while you are out hoping to catch a lunker, don’t forget to show your mom a little love on Sunday.
6 tips for an epic Mother’s Day in Cook County MN
6.) Pick flowers (or agates). Give her something you found, made, or think is special. If it comes from the heart, she’ll love it.
5.) Take her fishing. Did you know mom can fish without a license on Mother’s Day? Bonus points if you cook and clean the fish for a special Mothers Day dinner.
4.) Go hiking. Along a Lake Superior beach, on a scenic overlook, up a waterfall trail – there are endless hiking trails in Cook County.
3.) Two words: Spa Day. Book a hot stone massage at a local spa and nurture the inner goddess for a day.
2.) Let her choose the adventure. She might want to go ziplining through the trees, or shopping in the local galleries and shops, or maybe she will want to sit next the fire with a cup of coffee and a good book – whatever she chooses, encourage it.
1.) Tell her you love and appreciate her – not just today but every day.
This past weekend we hosted the start of the annual Ham Run Half Marathon! It is interesting to notice the changes from year to hear on the conditions of the lake ice, campground, snow, foliage and temperature. This year was an amazing difference from last with our 60-70F temps, no snow, leaves beginning to bud, and ice off over half of Gunflint.
The racers were all outside enjoying the sun prior to the race and many even got a touch of sun(burn) during the event and some even commented that they got really hot during the race – what a “polar” opposite from last year when the racers crowded inside the lodge by the fireplace just trying to keep warm before the start. Last year there was still so much snow on the campground drive (since it’s packed as a ski trail in the winter) that we had to re-route the start of the event to loop around by the cabins. The lake was still solidly frozen over and didn’t clear off until around May 9th.
I’ve been noticing the Bunnies are brown once again. Jaret saw a loon on the lake a couple days ago. Bob has seen 2 Black Bear already along the Gunflint Trail eating the spring grass. The days are already summer long and sunset doesn’t come until well into the evening now. The e-mail and phones are really getting busy with summer reservations so now’s the time to pull your plans together.
The Trapper’s Daughter & The…..
The day we have all been waiting for is finally here!!!
It is my great pleasure today, on April 25th 2015, to present to you for the first time,
Wow, isn’t she a beauty??
After their long sail along the Lake Superior coast, the Trapper’s Daughter, Bear & Raccoon are finally able to relax on the shore near a big campfire. With beautiful bright embers floating toward the starlit sky, this print … read more
Day 5! Day 5! Day 5!
Today is the last day of our countdown before we reveal the NEW Trapper’s Daughter print for 2015!!
We kick off today’s countdown with a truly incredible print from 2013,
“The Trapper’s Daughter Crosses the Height of the Land as Winter Fades From the Woods & Waters.”
“The Trapper’s Daughter and the Spring Moose” came into the gallery like a hurricane. We could hardly keep this image on the walls and in the bins after … read more
Day 4 of Our Trapper’s Daughter Adventure!
Day 4 of our Trapper’s Daughter adventure beings with the winner of our 2014 Summer Solstice Trapper’s Daughter Bracket Competition….
In 2010, Rick Allen decided to try something new. With 26 different wood blocks, and 26 individual passes through the press, Rick and his famous helper Janelle, the Warrior Printress, worked their tails off on this one!!!
But wait…. there’s MORE!
The Kenspeckles decided to add a beautiful moon to the Long … read more
Day 3 of our Trapper’s Daughter Voyage!
We commence day 3 of our Trapper’s Daughter voyage with the eighth image in Rick Allen’s series….
Back in 2009, you could hear all of our jaws collectively drop, “KER PLUNK,” as we viewed “The Trapper’s Daughter Takes the Otter Slide” for the first time. What a beauty! Rick Allen really went to town with this gem.
One of my favorite parts about Rick’s prints is that so often they spark a wonderful, rich memory. … read more
“The Trapper’s Daughter & the Second Day”
We kick off day two of our Trapper’s Daughter countdown with Rick Allen’s 4th image in this enchanted series. Released in 2006, this beauty is a gallery staff favorite:
Our first glimpse of the Trapper’s Daughter out of the winter, we see her strong, axe wielding arms and bare feet. A vision of strength and courage, she crosses the lake atop two loons. When looking at the clouds, I can’t help … read more
The Trapper’s Daughter & the Unwritten Story
This year’s Gallery Hop Earth Day Celebration at Siiviis in Duluth will be unlike any other event before! Why, do you ask? Well my friends, because this year’s celebration is truly a dream come true. On April 25th, the ladies of Siiviis, along with the Kenspeckles of the Kenspeckle Letterpress present to you:
A THIRTEEN year retrospective featuring all 17 of the Trapper’s Daugher breathtaking appearances in print, including this year’s truly amazing addition to … read more
Central Gunflint Ski Trail Conditions on 3-21-15
New Snow Last 24 hours: 0”
New Snow Last 7 days: 0”
Trail Base, Staked: 3”-10” varying by area.
Snow in Woods, Staked: Average 12”
Groomed with classic tracks: 70 K
Groomed for skating: 53.4 K
Surface Conditions: Tilled snow
Last grooming day: 3-21-15
Snowshoe trails: Open
Total snowfall since Nov. 1: 75.00”
Comments: Don’t put away those skis yet; we’re still grooming and skiing on the Central Gunflint Ski system! Definitely expect spring skiing conditions though the freshly groomed skate and classic lanes are still holding up very well and are, condition wise, great after a recent grooming! Continuing with our plans from last week, we are still grooming select trails at this time, depending on each individual trail’s condition. Currently, 42.5 kilometers of trails have been/will be groomed between today and yesterday.
Twin Citians are reveling in the record-setting March temperatures in the metro area. Up here in the far north we are also experiencing some warmer days, but unlike other parts of Minnesota, we have a serious base of deep snow. We’ve seen a little snow melt, especially off our roofs and roads, but as of 5 PM on Tuesday we still have a solid 12 inches of compacted base on the ski trails, with far more than that in the woods.
If you’re coming up to ski in the next few days, you should prepare for spring skiing conditions. Spring skiing is the best, but the sun is powerful at this time of year so even on a chilly day there will be freezing and thawing. Plan ahead for the varying conditions.
Early morning: The skate lanes and classic tracks will be frozen hard; perhaps the tracks will be icy if they have thawed the day before and refrozen overnight. These conditions are great for fast skating with minimal edge control on hills. Grip tape or waxless skis are your best choice for early morning skiing in these hard tracks.
Mid morning: The sun is softening up the tracks and the skate lanes are still firm. This is the best skiing of the day. When skiing through shade and sun your skis will glide differently; be careful on the hills! If it’s chilly but sunny, these conditions can last most of the day.
Late afternoon: As things warm up the snow will start to lose its structure, and you’ll sink in. Because of the released moisture, your kick will be compromised, and skating will get harder due to “suction”. Waxless skis are the best choice for these conditions.
Then, if it drops below freezing at night, the cycle repeats.
The trails are being groomed differently for these conditions. We plan to continue grooming for as long as possible. Later in the month we usually open some ski trails to snowshoeing, but we’re not ready for that yet. Our actual snowshoe trails, though, seem fairly unaffected by the temperatures and offer a great additional option if there are any afternoons that seem too warm to ski.
Our musher, Erik Simula, is still taking trips out and should be able to continue for quite a while longer. Like skiing, however, on very sunny days the dog sled trips go better in the morning; the dogs have to work very hard to pull groups through wetter snow. If you’re planning a dog sled trip in March, earlier appointments are the best choice.
For those of you in the rest of Minnesota, your spring has probably truly started. Up here, however, we know that the next blizzard could still come at any moment. We will be extremely surprised if our winter is actually winding down now.