located on the Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, Minnesota
Updated: 11 hours 47 min ago
It has warmed up today. After a night at minus 30 and another at minus 25, to wake up to zero was really nice. The other thing is that I am starting to notice longer days. It gets light earlier and dark later. Now we still have short days but there is hope for spring. Also the warmer sun has helped melt the snow off the main road. Bruce has even got interested in grilling. Yesterday he spent some time shoveling the snow off our grill. As you can see, there was quite an accumulation of snow. Maybe we will grill some steaks for dinner.
Even though tomorrow is March, that does not mean that the snow will stop coming. In fact we often get a fair amount to snow in March. It makes for great skiing because the weather is warmer, we have a great base and you can even get a tan while skiing. It was so bright today while we were eating lunch in the lodge that you had to squint to see anything.
Another great sign of spring is that the birds are really coming back. Today I have seen hairy woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, gray jays, blue jays, pine grosbecks, chickadees, rose breasted nuthatches and red polls. Mixed in with them are squirrels and one pine martin. With them all flying about it keeps the feeders empty.
Another sign of spring is that I feel like I should really be cleaning the house. This is not one of my favorite projects. Dusting is really low on my list. I am, however, making a valiant effort to improve things. Bruce and I are usually pretty good about picking up stuff. Getting the wash done and cleaning up promptly after meals is easy. My mother drilled into me the need to make your bed every day. All this leaves cleaning bathrooms, dusting and vacuuming on the list. So I am making the great effort now. Eventually I will get there. The trouble is that then it is time to clean again.
Bruce just called and I went down to the lodge to give a little help at the front desk.
So it is now Sunday morning. For the first time in a long time we had a morning temperature above zero. We also have a dusting of snow. It is hard to think of spring this morning with a few snowflakes in the air.
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We have had a bit of the cold spell this past week. Most nights the temperature has gone down into the minus twenties. Needless to say, we are talking about absolute temperatures without wind chill. I realize that people out east have no idea about the cold here but we do become a little smug about it.
One of the nicest things about the cold weather is how beautiful everything looks. Clear skies and bright sunshine are welcome in the winter.. Heavy snowfalls are also good but they can be very dark and dreary. Snowfalls also need warmer temperatures. Who knows which is the best? It probably depends as much on my mood as anything else.
Grand Marais has become involved in a little contest sponsored by Budget Travel magazine to find the coolest little town in America. I would encourage all of you to vote for Grand Marais. You can vote up to once a day. Here is information on how to vote:
“The lead for Grand Marais on Budget Travel’s “America’s Coolest Small Town” contest is down to under 3% this morning. Please vote for Grand Marais. You can vote daily until midnight on February 25. Let’s not let a town in Virginia beat Grand Marais!
Here’s the link http://www.budgettravel.com/contest/vote-for-americas-coolest-small-town-2015,18/?src=banner%E2%80%8B
To skip the ads, just click on the link to the site in the upper right corner of the first screen. (One vote per day per IP address is allowed.)
Ask your friends to vote, too.”
The deadline for the contest had been extended to March 4th. It is important that you remember to vote every day.
Wolves have been especially active. There has been a deer kill for three nights in a row around the lodge. There must be a large number of wolves around because the animals disappear overnight. I seem to remember that it takes one deer a week to feed a wolf. By next fall we will be in a season to increase the number of deer.
Reservations for next summer seem to be coming in steadily. If you have specific dates or cabins in mind, give us a call so we can hold them for you.
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