In twenty years of skiing on the North Shore’s groomed trails, I’ve seen a lot of signs with basically the same message: Please don’t walk on the groomed ski trail. I even remember the Nordic ski coach back in high school pleading with students in a school assembly to stay off the ski tracks around the athletic fields. But this sign, which I found yesterday at the Erkki Harju ski trail in Two Harbors, is by far the goofiest and maybe the most effective I’ve seen.
No, that is not Erkki Harju himself with the shovels and the drawl. According to my son, that’s Groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons, a vaguely Scottish lip-reader.
Of course, as a former poodle-walker myself, I found the message a little personal.
Here’s the whole sign:
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