The jaws of hunger threatened to tear apart our household as my wife opened the office door and said, “Honey, we have nothing for breakfast unless there’s an egg in the chicken coop. We only need one egg.” Having just been outside an hour earlier, I knew our young hens hadn’t bequeathed a single egg … More A Snow Surplus Can Pay Big Dividends
They must be having a war daddy! So my son surmised at the site of nine ships jockeying for position on Lake Superior today. Indeed, they cast the appearance of a mighty armada preparing to bombard the Duluth harbor. These were lakers at about a thousand feet a piece, so that’s nearly two miles of … More From Battleships to Burgers
Today is officially the first day of spring in Duluth. Yesterday I skied one last 10k loop at Korkki Nordic, and though the pack was deep, the 42 degree temperature made for a very soft trail. With warm temps through the weekend this is it. Today I hung the skis up in the rafters of … More The Bear, Melting Snow, and Unshackled Legs Agree. Today Was the First Day of Spring.
Perhaps I’m still beating the same drum, but with just another 4 days of cross-country skiing left we’re going to make the most out of each one. We’ll be gone over Easter, and the forecasts show that March should go out like a lamb. It really feels like a celebration of the best March for … More Skiing, Friends, and Lake Superior. It doesn’t get any better.
Another 6 inches of snow today! Slow and steady is winning the race this March. My humble woodpile, which I realize is “cute” by any standard, is still lasting and comforting for me. To the left, is our chicken coop that will be full of chickens after the snow melts. I’m happy to wait. Part … More Winter Continues to Spring Forth
Here’s my newspaper column this week: As I scrawl these words on a lovely evening, smoke from my wood stove wafts from the chimney and twists up and through large snowflakes falling like feathers. It’s snowing again, as it did the weekend prior, and I welcome it as if it were manna from heaven. Sam … More Glad the Groundhog Got it Wrong
Yesterday I celebrated my March birthday in the proper way, and I’m thankful our healthier winter this year allowed it. I took the day off work, spent the entire day cross country skiing, and capped it off with steaks grilled on my new charcoal barrel grill with the family. I started out at Korkki Nordic, … More My Ideal Birthday Party
After enduring a long day of grumpiness whilst plying the corporate waters in front of a computer in my basement office, I had a delightful cleansing ski through the Lester Park Ski trails this evening. I was there when the first snowflake fell from this evening’s winter storm. What a difference 45 minutes on the … More A Cleansing Ski
I look forward to our annual winter cabin trip all year. We always go remote and rustic, but this year my buddies and I chipped in for something a bit more posh. Rather than lugging our stuff through unmaintained trails to an abandoned shack, we skied a mere 3.5 miles to our home base behind … More Winter Cabin Trip. A great tradition.
I am writing this on the evening before heading out to a wilderness cabin north of Ely with some pals. For a decade and a half we have made an annual pilgrimage to a cabin or yurt several miles from the nearest road or other man-made dwelling. The experience is my equivalent of a Hawaiian … More The Lure of the Wilderness Cabin