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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Mud Season

Early spring is a beautiful season up in the north woods. Here's Kathy looking up the trail from the back of our place that leads up along the ridge of the bluff...

The Cascade River still has a crust of ice and snow along the edges...
Up on top of the ridge, we can look upriver to the north...

Looking east from our bluff, in the far distance we could see a cell phone tower. (You will have to use your imaginations.) That's along the Gunflint Trail, 12 miles away. And "line of sight" transmission meant we momentarily had 4 bars!

Yes, that's ice and snow along the river's edge... The last of it!

Spring also means mud season in Cook County. And we've got lots of that...

Good thing Babe the Blue Jeep is a good sport...

Whoa... Here we go, slip sliding down the big hill... The four wheel drive linkage didn't like this hill one bit... Caught on deep soft ruts and popped out of gear... Gulp... but all is well now!

Here is our least favorite gloppy section of the road.
A message to our close neighbors in the northland -- We've got Dean B on the job now to shore up the road, add culverts and repair the soft gunk. He was glad to see it at its worst, and we were glad he got to witness those darn ephemeral streams at their best, turning red clay and dirt into a yecchy mess. It is raining in Minneapolis... we don't know what to hope for -- rain to keep the fires away or dry to help our road!

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