Thanks to a broken steampipe in Duluth, long-distance telephone and internet service has been out most of today on the North Shore.
Funny, I noticed just last week that's not the only connection that's missing.
Here's what used to be the ski trail from Oberg Mountain east to Lutsen. Deadfalls cross the trail and raspberry canes have filled it in.
Here's the trail connecting Lutsen Sea Villas with the rest of the North Shore Mountains XC system. Actual trees are growing where skiers once glided back down to the Sea Villas swimming pool.
In both the ski trails and the communications cabling, lack of ongoing maintenance has led to the loss of connections.
The North Shore ski trails were once a interconnected network of 200 kilometers of trails. Lately, major hubs like the Sugarbush trails and the Cascade trails have been very well taken care of by community groups and resort owners. But the interconnections have broken down. Who grooms the Lutsen connector trails?
If you're planning a North Shore ski trip and hoping for a big point-to-point adventure from say Tofte to Lutsen, inquire before heading out. Those connector trails may not be groomed or even cleared.
If you want to make a phone call...well, those connections should be fixed a lot sooner than the ski trails.