The rest of the world may be warming up, but last weekend as my youngest son and I drove to the Brule River Forest in Wisconsin for the River View Loppet Cross-Country Ski Race, the temperature dipped to -21F near Moose Lake, Minnesota, but by the time our race started at 10:15 a.m., it was a balmy +8F. By most folk's standards this is still bitterly cold ... by Erik's and my standards is was perfect for a 12k race ... kept us from overheating!
The end result from this cold weather is Lake Superior is almost completely iced over ... a rare occurrence considering the lake reaches depths of over 1300 feet and is larger than the state of South Carolina! Make certain you watch the TV Report embedded below about the Lake Superior ice! You'll continue to think that NW Wisconsin and NE Minnesota are somewhere near Frostbite Falls or Siberia.
However, don't watch this short video showing the great wilderness canoeing in the Summer ... I want to keep NW Wisconsin and NE Minnesota for myself.