Even with the temperature hovering in the fifties, dog musher participating in the 1st Annual Mush for a Cure had what they called a "good run." The musher starting at the Round Lake Road then followed the snowmobile trail down to the west end of the Banadad, down the Banadad and on to the Moose Trail to the Poplar Lake Public Landing a distance of thirty miles. The Mushers stated that there was stilling plenty of snow remaining on the Banadad. The trip was to end at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, but the slippery icy conditions on Poplar Lake made running across the Lake to dangerous for the dogs so the mushers and dogs were trucked around the lake to the B&B.
The mushers and handlers then spent the night at the B&B.
The event was organized by Voyageur Canoe Outfitters partnering with Black Magic Kennel. According to race organizers, the dog sled run was not a race but "a journey that we hope will become a tradition; a tradition of mushing for a cure for breast cancer on the Gunflint Trail."
Mushers who participate in the two-day event raised donations and pledges for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Mush for a Cure is an extension of Voyageur Outfitter's Pink Paddles' program. While all the funds collected by the mushers have not been totaled yet, according to Mike Prom, Voyageur Outfitter it appeared to him that this event, despite the warm weather, was successful in raising $2500 for the Cancer Foundation.
Two Wisconsin men spend their first day of spring skiing the 30-kilometer Banadad Trail. With the morning temperature hovering at thirty degrees, David Gorski and Mark Balhhorn started at the west end of the trail. They said that the first part of the trail was very fasts and they made good time but as the temperature began to rise and the snow softened the skiing was a bit slower. Their time for skiing the entire trail was four hours forty five minutes. Both agreed the trail was still in good shape. The pair were staying at the Boundary Country's Little Ollie Cabin.
While there is still at least another week of good skiing along the Banadad's eastern end near the Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B and Cabins, these two skiers maybe the last to ski the entire trail for this season.
Snow is still piled on the canoes but it is not too early to start thinking about this year's BWCA canoe trip. Visit Boundary Country Trekking's new enhanced BWCA Canoe Outfitting web site featuring canoe routes with interesting things to do and see, menu planning suggestions, list of gear you will need, and more! Simply click on "canoe" to go to this new web feature.
Just waiting until Spring
Even after three days of melt down the Banadad Ski Trail is still in good shape and seven inches of snow remains on the ground. Cooler weather and snow is forecast for the next few days. With a little help from the weather we should have good skiing through the rest of the March on the Banadad. See weather forecast.
You don't have to put your skis away yet! Lodging along the Banadad Ski Trail is still available at Poplar Creek Bed and Breakfast, the Banadad Yurts and two ski-in Cabins along the trail. For lodging information click on Lodging.
New two-bedroom cabin overlooking year-around-flowing Poplar Creek now available. The cabin accommodates up to six people and includes a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, freestanding LP fireplace, electric heat, clothes washer/dry, four-season front porch and side deck. Each of the bedrooms has their own private bath with showers. The second floor bath has a whirlpool tub. From both bedrooms front windows there is a great view of the creek. Other features include; firepit, charcoal grill, private picnic area and phone. . The creek begins at the Little Ollie Lake and the Lake is just a short walk from the cabin. A canoe comes with the cabin.
The road to the cabin connects to some of the finest mountain biking trails in the area. Hiking trails are just out the door and miles of canoeing in the BWCA are just a paddle from the nearby dock.
In the winter the road is plowed, so you can drive to the cabin. Groomed ski trails with connections to the BWCA longest tracked trail the Banadad and the Gunflint Nordic Trail System along with six miles of snowshoe begin at the cabin's front door.
The first weekend in march the mid-Gunflint area where Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B is located, along with most of the rest of the state, received this winter's biggest snow fall to date- ten to twelve inches. Then yesterday another four inches of snow was received. The measured total snow on the ground is currently twenty four inches. It is finally beginning to look like winter. With this new snow the ski trails are all in great shape.
March compared to last month's lack luster performance is off to a good start. During the whole month of February only 4.7 inches of snow fall was recorded- in the mid-Gunflint area- the lowest amount for that month since 1998.