|There are many signs of spring. You know it is getting close to spring when your local icebreaker (this year, the Biscayne Bay) is docked at the DECC for a couple days of R&R over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend. The picture above was taken from the Coast Guard cutter as it returned to the port after leading the Mesabi Miner out to the lake on Friday morning. A couple hours earlier, the Biscayne Bay had opened up a track all the way to open water (about 5 miles out on Friday) for the Miner to follow. Upon returning, the track was much wider, in fact about as wide as a thousand footer. Late Sunday night, the Miner will be returning to the port. Killing two birds with one stone, the Biscayne Bay will depart the port earlier in the evening on Sunday, breaking open the track again for the Miner and this time continuing on to its next stop in Thunder Bay. Photo taken on March 16, 2007.