Winter in Minnesota didn’t seem to have an end in sight and that familiar stir-crazy feeling was setting in, so a short escape was appealing. While Canada may not be the typical winter escape for Minnesotans, I’m not sure I’ve seen a more beautiful place than Vancouver Island. The forecast called for constant rain, but when we arrived there was nothing but clear skies, moderate temperatures, and beautiful sunsets every day.
Ice-out finally happened at one of the more consistent surf spots on Lake Superior while some light but favorable winds created waves just big enough to goof around and have a little fun on. So long as you kept an eye on the remnant ice chunks floating around the line-up you might not get pelted.
The Gunflint Mail Run is a sled dog race in Cook County in Northeastern Minnesota. Teams of 8 or 12 dogs make an out-and-back run, twice, parallel to the border of Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. This year’s race took place on January 5, 2019 among cloudy skies but fair temperatures.