Spring Break, 3.24.18

Spring is here, although you wouldn’t know it by looking out the window at the snow-covered lakes. Other than some exposed grass along the roadway and a little extra daylight it still feels very much like winter up here.

I took the kids for a ride on the G-trail, leading up to the Gunflint Trail area, and enjoyed the freshly groomed trail that was in great shape. Our phone has been ringing off the hook with interested riders for this weekend, and all we can tell them is that the trails are in great shape for the moment. Luckily, we dodged the rain that was predicted last weekend, and the overnight temperatures have been cold enough to keep the snow from melting too fast in the bright midday sunshine.

It is hard to predict the end of the season, but the timing of Spring Break with our kids was a good enough reason to book a family trip to the Florida Keys, where Rachelle and I used to live. Swimming in the ocean, tanning on the beach, gorging ourselves on fresh seafood, and maybe even wetting a line with some friends would be a great way to forget about a cold Minnesota winter.

The ice is not going to melt anytime soon – in fact many lakes are still covered with 30-plus inches of ice, and I would suspect that anglers will get a full season of walleye and trout on the border lakes, which is great, assuming it melts in time for the opener in May.

I was able to catch a few lake trout this week on a nearby lake (notice I did not name the lake, which means I am telling the truth) with some friends who had invited my son, Bo, to join them. It was exciting to discover that my schedule allowed me to tag along, and we had a great time catching fish while sunning our faces.

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