Who says this was a forgettable winter?
Yep, January sucked for winter lovers in most areas this year. But February and March have been outstanding!
The photos here were taken over the past weekend in the border region of Minnesota and Canada north of Grand Marais and west of Thunder Bay.
A group of us spent a long weekend riding trails and bushwhacking along rivers, creeks and old logging roads, stunned at the waist-deep snow and -15 F overnight temps. It felt like winter-in-January, except with WAY longer daylight hours.
Winter is still there, as well as across a huge swath of North America. And the 10-day forcast suggests that it won’t be melting anytime soon.
I know there are some sledders who “turned off the switch” sometime a couple weeks ago and are done riding for the season. Bummer, because this is the best time for riding this (or any) winter.
The days are long; the afternoon sun is warm; the snow is well set-up in the woods for good bushwhacking; and (for some reason I can’t understand) there’s hardly any traffic on the trails.
Personally, I’m taking advantage of the situation. Later this week I’ll be up in TRF for some more riding, and I have another short trip planned next week. And judging from the three inches that fell in my area today, there’ll be tracks leaving the yard after my son is home from school and the homework is wrapped up.
(Note: I apologize for not posting more stories these past couple of weeks. It’s because I’ve been out riding. Lots of stories to tell… just bear with me until winter starts to melt… which might be later next month.)