Join the locals!
It was a perfect morning to discover what shape the trails were in
Ever wonder what it is like up north once the visitors decide to stay home - especially in winter? Here is a first hand look at one such Sunday, yesterday, when snowmobile trails became the property of the “locals”.
It looked like this day might not come this year. Nonetheless, Mother Nature saw fit to restore some of the snow she took over the last two weeks and Friday night into Saturday we saw close to a foot of new snow return to the Northwoods.
So Sunday our friends, Betsy and Roger joined us to see just how good the trails were - and we weren’t disappointed. Mid-morning we hopped on our snowmobiles and met them in downtown St. Germain at Legends for Kevin’s $1.00 Bloody Mary special. Siding on caution’s side, we stayed on land trails until we heard first hand how the lakes were holding up after the disappointing meltdown.
The weather was perfect - in the mid-20s and snowing lightly. The trails along the high line were as promised — in early season riding condition. The bumps slowed us down but were no hindrance to decent riding.
Freshly made Bloody Marys were so good!
Once at Legends, about a 10 minute ride, our friends joined us shortly thereafter. As we ordered our Bloody Marys, we learned that the lakes in St. Germain were indeed safe to ride as other neighborhood friends arrived on sleds to celebrate a Sunday ride.
Our next stop was in Star Lake, Stillwaters, for lunch. Once again, deferred to land trails not knowing if Plum and Star Lakes were safe. I just wanted to check out where a sign I was curious about I saw in Sayner would lead us.
The St. Germain trails were in great shape. There was plenty of snow and they had been beautifully groomed. We headed north towards Sayner, going through Leisure Estates and onto Big St. Germain Lake Rd., then north towards Sayner.
We then took the trail that led to Vinchis and Trail 7N. The trails were bumpier but not bad at all. The twisty trail had a little more traffic than we had seen and unfortunately, we did run into a duo riding much too fast that we had a very close call with.
The trails were in great shape and the snow in Star Lake was gorgeous!
Once in the Star Lake area, the snow depth increased greatly - the pine boughs bending toward the ground under the weight of the heavy snow. It was just beautiful. We pulled into Stillwaters, ready for a food and drink break.
To our delight, our friend Dawna was working and some of our friends we had met at Legends were also there. We also ran into some very good friends we had just seen at the snowmobile club meeting. It was turning out to be what we loved - a real locals day on the trails.
Our lunch stop at Stillwaters was a perfect place to run into Dawna, Judy and Bernie - and more!
Lunch was so good but it was time to get back on the trail. After getting a heads up the lakes were safe but unmarked, we chose to return to St. Germain via Star and Plum lakes. The lakes were better than good. The refreeze made them smooth for the first time all season and it felt wonderful to lean on the throttle and skim along the lakes.
In the midst of a near white-out snow squall, we arrived at Fibbers for our final stop of the day. And, yes, we ran into more people we had seen along the way while there sipping our hot drinks.
The light was only beginning to fade as we pulled into our driveway. It had been a great ride - good friends along the way, excellent riding conditions and perfect weather.
Now, please, don’t get me wrong, we love our visitors and are anxious to see them return each new season. If you have ever thought living up here would be great - you are wrong - it is FABULOUS. This is the best of small town living. Most of us know each other and it is a very friendly, caring community.
We invite you to become one of the locals. There is not any better life than living up north!
A heavenly day!