Winter has been slow to start up in the Grand Marais area. There are no official snowfall totals for Grand Marais, but there are for Marquette. We are down at least 30 inches of snow so far this winter. Only half of the ski runs are open at Marquette Mountain. Many of the snowmobile trails are barely usable – some are not. I cross country skied the Grand Marais trails today. Although they have been groomed, grass and twigs show through on the track. The lack of snow is not only a problem here but throughout the country. Only 22 percent of the nation was covered by snow on January 4th. Compared to the last decade or so, it is the smallest area of snow cover. The second smallest total for this date was in 2007 at 27 percent of the country.
Since I have not executed a web page update for a while, I’ll include some fall as well as a few early winter photos. If you would like to enjoy additional photos, please go to my photo journal blog at www.agatelady.blogspot.com.