It wasn't even close to whiteout conditions. But conditions for the Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout mountain bike celebration should be just right.
Wednesday's snowstorm dropped 7 to 9 inches of snow on the greater Brainerd lakes area.
It was, in most every way, a quite unexpected day for Luke Botzek.
But at the same time, Botzek didn't know exactly what to expect in this, his first Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza.
What he did experience took his breath away.
Like most of the thousands of folks who will be at Gull Lake's Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Saturday for the 22nd annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza, Shanna Sletten will be here to experience the camaraderie.
CROSBY - It was a sea, or at least a bay, of mostly black and red, these Scorpions on Serpent.
Almost 200 snowmobiles strong, each shined as a classic at Saturday's eighth annual Scorpion Homecoming on Serpent Lake near Crosby Memorial Park.
All was mostly quiet Tuesday at the small colony of ice-fishing houses on Gull Lake's Hole-in-the-Day Bay.
That might have been due to the cooler weather that arrived very early in the day and was expected to linger for much of the week.
MINNEAPOLIS - It didn't necessarily have the location. And it most certainly didn't have the glitz of other boat-related companies at the Minneapolis Boat Show.
But the Go-Float Electric Boat booth did have the attention of a lot of show-goers.
The 2012 Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza is a go. But it doesn't mean that, as in past years, all roads again will lead to Hole-in-the-Day Bay on contest day.
That's the message from the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office.
CROSBY - John Denver sang of coming home to a place he'd never been before.
Rocky Mountain High, Colorado.
For the first Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout mountain biking celebration, the anthem has a similarly awe-inspiring vibe.
Yawkey Mountain High, Cuyuna.