Spring is in the air

Picture showing part of a May 2013 calendar page

Spring is in the air in Grand Marais. Well, sort of. The weather forecast is for maybe some snow and rain over the next few days, but there are other signs of spring. One sure sign is the Dockside Fish Market has opened for the summer. It’s a great place to find local fresh fish, brown sugar brine smoked fish, pickled herring and fishcake batter. Trail Center is now open as usual, after their annual April hiatus.

Outdoor-wise, this Sunday (May 5th) is the annual Ham Run half marathon. There is still time to register for this great, challenging race. Last minute registration and race packet pick-up take place on Saturday, May 4th 1 – 7 pm at the Cook County Senior Center. That’s at 10 North Broadway, which happens to be right across the parking lot from Stone Harbor. On Sunday, the bus for the marathon loads in front of Stone Harbor at 7:00 am. We know that’s early in the morning, so we are opening up the store from 6:30 – 8:15, in case you want a cup of coffee.

If you are going to race or are in town as a spectator, be sure to stop into Stone Harbor for your last minute essentials. It is going to be chilly and wet and we have lots of hats, gloves, base layers and waterproof gear for you so you can enjoy yourself in comfort. Remember: there is no bad weather, just bad gear. This weekend we start our summer hours (call us optimists). That means we are open on Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm and from 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday, along with the special Ham Run shift from 6:30 – 8:15 am on Sunday.

Or maybe you are in town to try your hand at steelhead fishing. Right now the water is running high and dirty, but no one knows what it will be doing by the weekend. The predicted snow this week may impact the steelhead run, but the next two weeks or so should be good.

And, if the clouds ever part at night, it looks like a good weekend for viewing the Aurora Borealis. The prediction is for a moderate chance of viewing the Northern Lights.  Here is a link if you want to keep track: http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/Alaska/2013/05/02

But no matter what your choice is for the weekend, please stop in and say hello.

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