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we have a permit for Brule on May 15.

I'm expecting icebergs.


Whoa! Bring lots of fleece. And warm socks. And fleece!


saturday night, Sawbill *gained* an inch of ice.


Sue at Bearskin

I thought about having an "ice out" guessing contest -- which day in July will the ice be gone?

In reality, Cara could still be right on her May 8th guess. A little wind, a little rain (all in the forecast) and the remaining black, grainy ice will quickly disappear. On the other hand, a little rain-turning-to snow again like we had Sunday night will push the entire Gunflint Trail to the brink of despair.

All I do all day right now is answer phone calls about whether the ice is out yet. "No" is not what people want to hear.


Hi Sue! Thanks for commenting. I hope I'm right on ice-out! I recall one year in May, just before I was to head up to work at Bearskin for the summer, calling and being told that "The guys are going to put the floating dock out. But they're waiting a few more days till the floating icebergs disappear." Gulp!

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