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Summer Planning is Everything

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:06am

“Plans are worthless. Planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

You know, it’s okay.

It’s okay if you’re not a winter enthusiast. Sure, this is the time of the year when snowmobilers, ice fishermen, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and dog mushers and sled dogs delight in the latest snow condition reports and weather forecasts of “more snow, more snow, more snow!”

But if that’s not you, if life in a veritable snow globe isn’t your thing, if it’s the thought of a glass smooth lake and lounging on a sun-warmed rock face after a long day’s paddle that really get you excited about Cook County and the Gunflint Trail, we understand.

And it’s okay.

Because, it’s never too early to start planning your summer visit to the Gunflint Trail. And in the last week, a few things have crossed our desk that are getting us really excited about the summer ahead.

First things, first: you can now book your Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness permit for the upcoming summer. If you’re dreaming of a big canoeing, fishing, swimming, portaging, (etc. etc.) wilderness adventure for Summer 2015, it’s time to start turning those dreams into plans. If you’re unsure where to start with planning a Boundary Waters trip, check out the BWCAW website for an overview or contact a Boundary Waters canoe outfitters, who can recommend routes and will even book the permit for you. Remember, there’s no rush for you to immediately book your permit; there will be great availability for the Gunflint Trail BWCAW entry points for many months. Pull out the guidebooks and maps and take a moment to really plan what you’d like your BWCAW trip to be this year. You’ve got time.

Planning to run the Ham Run Half Marathon or 5K that lets you race up the last 13 miles of the Gunflint Trail? Time to start looking into a training plan to follow. This year’s race will be held on Saturday, May 2.

We know fat biking is often thought of as a winter thing, but this article got us excited about biking possibilities on the Gunflint Trail during all four seasons.

What adventures are you planning on for summer 2015 on the Gunflint Trail?

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