Another week done and
another month almost done. Time sure is flying by. I have been keeping
pretty busy with chores and I have probably 2 more weeks that I will be kept
busy with stuff to do before winter sets in and then I will be able to kick
off the shoes, sit back and watch the snow pile up. A bit of wishful
thinking there, but I can say that all of my summer projects are now done,
with the finishing of the lean to this week. I also have move of my
"have-to" autumn jobs done. The only remaining job there is to
order up and then replace the winch on the ATV. Any other jobs that I want
to get done before winter sets in are in the "want-to"
In addition to the finishing of the lean-to, we had the
first annual wood cutting party up here yesterday and things really could
not have gone more smoothly with that operation. Four helpers showed up and
the 5 of us got through all 6 cord in around 2 hours. Actually two of the
helpers came on Friday and cut about a cord and then I forced them to stop
because I could not stand to watch them work in the pouring rain, and I was
not about to join them!
The weather on Saturday was much better for cutting wood, in
fact I would have to say it was darn near perfect. We had temps in the upper
40's with cloudy skies, but the rains had stopped. So we all worked like
beavers and did not get overheated and even managed to take
a break and enjoy the world famous Krupp's Mini Mart strudels. From left
to right in that photo are Lenny, Zach, Steve and Mark. Lenny stopped by
Krupp's on his way up and brought the strudels with him. A nice mid-morning
snack. We got back to
work and were done before lunch. When we finished, I really could not
believe we had just cut and stacked all of the upcoming winter's firewood in
around 2 hours. I guess the previous years wood making jobs took weeks to
complete, so it was a little surreal to go from needing to make all of the
wood to having it all done in a morning. It still has not completely settled
in that it is all done, even when I look out and seen the spot where all the
wood sat the day before now completely
free from logs. My huge thanks to the guys for showing up and working so
hard and quickly to get it all done. We sort of joked about making it the
"first annual", but I am kind of hoping that it really will be.
Perhaps in future years we can plan an ATV ride for afterwards or something.
At any rate, here is one more shot of the
gang in front of the fruits of our labor.
Not a whole lot else went on this week. The weather was
pretty nasty Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Friday we had YooperStorm
Helmi come through with winds of 35 mph, gusting to 45. Nothing like Eino
three weeks earlier, but still a respectable autumn storm. I don't see any
storms that will give us Lempi on the horizon. In fact, I see just the
opposite for the next 10 to maybe 14 days. Lots of sunshine, pretty calm
winds and temps in the upper 50's to low 60's. To me that is the perfect
autumn weather and it will be interesting to see if I actually get sick of
it if we really have 2 weeks straight of it. I doubt it, but you never know.
So the foul weather kept the pups and I from taking our
afternoon adventures for 3 of the days this past week. We did take the
morning walks as it was never raining too hard in the mornings.
Today was day one of our
stretch of very nice weather. After a heavy frost, we have had sunny skies
and the temps are climbing their way into the upper 50's and may top out
around 60 before the evening cool off sets in. It was a perfect afternoon
for a walk in the woods and with the color show really starting to ramp up,
the whole family took to the woods to explore the back 40. Here is Gracie
all decked out at the end of the walk. She sure loves the woods and I
was almost brought to tears after the walk, just thinking about all the fun
we are going to have with her as she gets older and can do more things like
hike, ski, snowmobile, snowshoe, ATV, boat...etc. I am just bursting with
excitement to be able to show her what a magical place she lives in.
I did bring the camera on the walk in the woods, but just
never got around to taking any pics. I did take a shot as we were returning
to the compound. The colors
near the wood boiler and wood shed are almost at peak, but I'd say in
general, we are still at least a week away from peak colors up here. Next
weekend should be a real good show and I think that even the weekend after
that should be pretty good, although the weekend of the 8th and 9th will
probably be past peak for most areas.
It was such a nice afternoon and Grace was not showing
any signs of wanting to take her afternoon nap once we finished the walk
that Nora and I decided we would take a short car ride and see some of the
colors in the area. We headed down Cliff Drive and again, some spots were near
peak, but most others still
at least a week off. We decided to head to the top of Phoenix Farms Road
to check things out there and on the way back down stopped to take a pic of the
big lake with Isle Royal off in the background. Nora also snapped a shot
of Elmo's tower
perched on top of the Cliff Range. On the way back we stopped to take
one last color shot and that being the
road we live on.
It looks like it will be a very good color show this
year. The trees all look healthy and with no big blows seen for the next 10
days at least, the trees should hang onto their leaves. Plus with the
weather looking to be nearly perfect for leaf peeping, I would strongly recommend
you come up to take it all in. I know I am sounding a little like the
chamber of commerce here, but you really will not see a more beautiful
autumn color show that you can see here. I have been to many spots in the
autumn and nothing compares to what we can have in a good year (like this
one will be). We have even had folks come from New England and comment that
our colors are more impressive than they have there. So I am telling you as
a friend and as someone that would just love to see the expressions on your
faces as you see what happens up here at this time of the year, not as
someone that wants you to come up and spend your money. For those that
cannot make it, I will be taking lots of pictures as it really looks to be a
good one this year, but nothing like taking it all in in person.
With all the rains we have had (over three inches this
week alone), everything is really green. We got lucky and escaped the
obscene rainfall totals that fell in areas of MN and WI, but it sure has
been a wet September. I am not really complaining too much. I was able to
get all of my outdoor chores done and my grass
has never looked better.
Well, I guess that covers things for this week and month.
Talk to you all in October!
Good night from the Keweenaw..
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Wow, only one more entry left
after this for September. The month sure seems to be flying by. Wish July
would go by so fast! I suppose I have been pretty busy lately and that is
helping to cause the time fly by. It does not look like the next week to ten
days will be any less busy, so I guess it will be October before I know it.
No problem there, October is one of my more favorite months and last year's
October is pretty much a nightmare for me. So I am looking quite forward to
this years and all it has to offer.
I must have been feeling guilty for the lack of pictures
in last week's entry, because as I sat down to go through them and pick the
ones I wanted to use this week, I ended up with over 20 keepers. None of
them are particularly earth shattering, but I think all of them are worthy
of sharing and there is quite the variety.
This week has been a mix of work and play as they all
seem to be. It was another very cool week for this time of the year, with
temps in the 50's every day and some pretty chilly mornings- including the
first frost in spots earlier in the week. Our yard did not have frost, but
on the morning walk, we passed through a field that was frosted. Many of the
morning walks were taken with gloves on, which is somewhat unusual for this
time of the year, but it does look like some warmer temps are headed in for
next week perhaps.
Our afternoon have been a mix of different places for
different reasons. I had to stuff to do in the Calumet area on Tuesday, so
the pups and I headed down to a road that runs near the shoreline of
Superior. No homes are on it and it is not a through road, so the pups can
run off leash and I don't have to worry much about vehicle traffic. You
cannot see the lake from the road, but a quick trip through the woods and
you are on a bluff overlooking
the lake. Of course the pups cannot get that close to the lake without
running down to take a
quick dip. I stayed up on the bluff as I knew they would not want to
swim too much. The swim only lasted a few minutes and then we were headed
back to the truck to go home and get ready for Nora and Grace to arrive.
On Wednesday, I headed down to South Range, armed with a
new web camera, new computer monitor and hopes to get the trail cam going
again. I brought the pups with me and we took a
quick walk down the Bill Nichols trail to give them their afternoon
exercise. It was a nice walk and the pups really take after their old man as
they do not seem to like to be on the trail much and spend most of their
time "off trail".
Occasionally they will pop out of the woods to be sure they are still close
to me and then off they go, back into the bush to play chase or sniff
something. We finished the walk and I got going on the trail cam repair. I
did get it going and just as I was closing up the housing for it, the first
drops of rain started to fall, so it was close to perfect timing.
Unfortunately the setup froze about 10 minutes after I left and did somehow
end up taking a picture the next morning, but then froze. Then Saturday
morning on my way down to the trail work session in Twin Lakes, I stopped
by, rebooted the cam and again it froze. So there is some kind of a conflict
that is causing the setup to freeze. I think it is the cam as that is really
the only new item in the program. The network connection seems to be rock
solid, so I will try and get down there this week to spend some more time on
it and see if perhaps a driver update or something is not in order. I sure
want to get this thing going reliably before winter hits and sure don't want
to be trying to get it going when it is bitterly cold out, so hopefully in
the next week or two it will be up and running reliably.
Thursday morning was a chilly one, so Nora dressed Grace
for the cold as they got ready to head out in the morning. She looked so
cute in her outfit that I could not help but take a
picture of her. Funny how she did not feel much like giving one of her
trademark big grins, but it was still early and she had only been up for
about 15 minutes.
Not sure what we did on Thursday afternoon, but Friday
was drizzly for much of the day, but that did not stop the pups and I from
taking both our morning and afternoon walk. The afternoon walk was in
the woods near by and the color show is starting to gain ground up here,
although it still looks like we are around 2 1/2 weeks from peak in most
places up this way.
Saturday I headed out early in the morning to get down to
Twin Lakes to partake in the final day of their trail work session. They
also were working on Thursday and Friday, but I could only get down for
Saturday's session. I met up with Richard Krupp and he told me that I would
be part of the crew working on a re-route of trail 13. It was only about a 6
mile long re-route, but there were 50 some odd signs that needed to be put
in the ground! Up this way, that is a month's work, but thankfully down that
way, there are very few rocks and we had the big time help of Dave Sleeman
and his bobcat that
was equipped with a post hole digger. He had actually been out for
several hours before we go to the re-route and already had about 30-35 of
the holes dug and his wife Lori had placed the poles to be used for the
signs at or in the holes, so all our group of about 8 needed to do was to
attach the signs to the poles and secure the poles in the ground. We also
cleaned up any trees that were blocking the trail, which ended up being one
big birch and a few smaller trees. So needless to say with all the hands
around to do work and not a ton of work to be done, the job turned to a
government operation, with a
few working and the rest supervising!
As fate would have it the sheer pin for the auger in
Dave's setup snapped and we could not get the holes aligned properly to put
a new one in. Then the bit ended up getting
bent in the process of trying to remove it, so the final 5 or 6 holes
had to be dug using a
hand held power auger. All told, it took us about 4-5 hours to get our
mission completed and I think out of all the persons in our group, I did the
least amount of work! Oh well, I was just resting up for our trail work
session in 5 weeks.
With a little time to spare, Skylar and I ended up taking a
little detour on the ATVs on the way home and soon we found ourselves riding
pretty much like we do on sleds- out
in the middle of no where, where none in their right mind would think
about going. But that is what we like to do and had fun. Although this shot
does not show it, when I stopped my
bike here, I could have rolled it down the hill by lifting the uphill
side with my index finger. We got out of all of our pickles and had fun
doing it and then headed back to Krupp's Resort for the dinner. They had
quite a spread put out for all the workers and while everyone
chowed down from a full day out in the woods working (and playing),
there was plenty to go around for everyone.
I had about an hours drive to get back home, so I did not
stay too long, but met some good folks who frequent the site and shared some
stories and then hopped into the truck and headed home. Even though I did
not work too hard, I fell asleep soon after getting home and slept pretty
good. As mentioned, the Keweenaw Trails Services work session is October
22nd and 23rd. I know some that were there for the Superior Snowmobile
Club's work session will be joining us up north and hope to see some new and
familiar faces in a few weeks.
Today was another pretty chilly morning, so Nora bundled
Gracie up pretty good for our morning walk. When I saw all that Grace had to
wear, I thought for sure she was going to put up quite a fight, but she was
pretty content to be dressed up like Nannook
of the North, and she sure stayed warm!
This afternoon, we did something that I have been looking
forward to doing with Grace for a while and look forward to doing it with
her many, many times in the future. What is this big event that I am talking
about? Taking a walk in our woods with her and pointing out the different
kinds of trees and bushes and letting her take it all in. She really loves
to learn new stuff and does retain a ton of what we tell her. She cannot
talk yet, but fully understands lots of what we say. So it was a lot of fun
to head out with her, Nora and the pups and explore
"the back 40".
Now, we don't even own a single forty, let alone
more than one that would be known as the back 40, but we joke about the
deeper woods of the 10 acres of our property here as the back 40. Here is a
shot of her and I in
the woods this afternoon. Here she is learning a little about the woods
and checking out a
sapling. Here she is doing a little learning about a
softwood tree. Our destination for the walk was to make it to "Old Granddad".
It's an old birch tree that has to be at least 60 years old, perhaps more
towards 80 or even 100 years old. The trunk is about 3 feet in diameter and
it is still growing healthy. That is pretty rare for a birch tree to live
that long. Typically they live 15-20 years and then die, growing very
quickly and many times being the first tree to sprout up in an area that was
clear cut. As you can see, in this
picture of us standing next to Old Granddad, she was pretty impressed
with it's height. On the way out, I stopped to take a
picture of the colors in that spot. For some reason, they were further
along in all other areas I have been in up here. I would have to say that in
that acre or so around Old Granddad, they were about 75% changed, most other
areas are around 25% or so.
After the walk, Nora took her over to see the tomato
plants and Grace had worked up a pretty healthy appetite on the walk in the
woods because she
just about polished off one of the ripe tomatoes that were still growing
there. She sure loves her fruits and vegetables, which is good because
we sure want her to eat healthy and it makes it a whole lot easier when she
eats just about anything you put in front of her.
So that was our week up here in a nutshell. I have a few
projects lined up for this week. One of them being to finish up the
lean to. I did manage to get it all set up for the metal roof to be put
on and the roof arrived Thursday, but I was too busy and the weather did not
fully cooperate for me to get it on yet. It should not take more than a hour
and a half to get it all put up. The sheets are only 12 feet long and there
are only 8 of them. Once the metal is up, then I will add a bit more bracing
to the framework and stick the boat back under it. I also need to get ready
for the firewood cutting party this Saturday. Not a whole lot to do to be
ready for that, but I still want to make sure that when the help arrives, we
can just rip through it and be done and not have to do any setup work.
Once the firewood is cut and stacked, then I think I will be
able to take it a little more easy and just take care of the odds and ends
that need to be addressed before winter sets in. Nothing to major, but there
are the things that have to get done before the snow starts to pile up
around here and that is actually one of the things that I think is so cool
about living here- that our lifestyle is actually hugely impacted by winter
and not just a few snows to whiten the ground from time to time like it was
Good night from the Keweenaw..
Last week it was harrowing
stories of life and death struggles to capture the strong autumnal storm we
had on the 3rd, no so this week. In fact, up until about 2 hours ago, I did
not even have a picture to share with you. Not that I sat around and did
nothing all week, but I guess it was just one of those weeks where things
were pretty routine and I really try not to have this journal be about the
day to day routine things in my life.
The one thing I can say is that the past week has definitely
brought us autumnal weather. Yes we had the big storm on the 3rd, but this
whole week the temps have been in the upper 50's to low 60's for highs and
lows have been in the upper 30's to mid 40's. No frost in this neck of the
woods yet, but it's not something that I am particularly anxious to get
anyway. We had some rain on Tuesday and again on Saturday and we are sitting
at about 300% of average for the month of September so far. Needless to say,
it is perfect ATV weather with the cool temps and no dust- I should really
try and get out one of these days!
No snow in the forecast just yet, but some of the model
runs have flirted with the idea during the week of the 20th-25th. The first
flakes are always fun to get, but I am not ready for real snow yet and
anything before around mid November always melts away anyway, so it's just
wasted snow. Even some big storms that have given us a foot or more in spots
up here at the end of October have always melted off. So that first snow is
always fun to get, but then let it melt off and stay in the 50's until early
November and then let it get cold and the snow can start piling up around
the 15th of November. Got that Mother Nature?!
Other than on Tuesday and yesterday, the weather has been
just about perfect for walks
in the woods and the pups and I did a ton of that this past week and
today, Grace and Nora joined us. Grace
really loves the outdoors and I am so glad she does, because I sure have
a lot of things I was hoping to be able to do with her in the great outdoors
up here. In fact, she is now at the point where when I ask the pups if they
want to go for a walk, she will run to the door and stand there and hope
that she gets to go along too. Sometimes she does and other times she
doesn't. Some day, she will be able to go on all of them.
Grace has also gotten very good at running around. Not
walking, but running. It is so cute to hear her little feat make their
pitter patter as she runs around the house. Her balance has improved a ton
too. It was just two weeks ago that she was falling down all on her own for
no real reason at all, let alone having the pups bump into her. Now she is
able to even recover from some of the charges she takes from the pups. Her
techniques include: the spin move, the split the leg for bracing move and
the latch onto a handful of fur to keep yourself from falling move. I am
sure there are more, but those are the main three that she is currently
The leaves are starting to change a bit more, but we
still have several weeks to go until the traditional full color season up
here and it looks like this season will not deviate from that historical
trend this year. I will say that it has been nice to walk around in the
woods in the cool temps and see some autumn
colors popping up in spots.
Well, I promised a rather uneventful entry and I guess I
delivered! Before I sign off, I can make a few announcements. First that the
Superior Snow Club will be holding it's annual trail work session this
Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Sept. 16, 17 and 18). You can go here
to read more about that. Also that the Keweenaw Trails Services will be
holding it's trail work session on October 22nd and 23rd and you can go here
for more info on that one. Also, I don't know if I mentioned it in this
forum or not, but I will be attending the Milwaukee Snowmobile Show October
15 and 16. It also happens on the 17th, but I will not be there on Sunday. I
will be working the booth for the Keweenaw. So I hope to see you all
Guess that about does it for this one.
Good night from the Keweenaw..
Welcome to September and welcome to autumn! For us,
mother nature decided to bring autumn weather right in on schedule. Monday
was torturously hot and humid up here, with a high of 95 and a dewpoint in
the low 70's. Tuesday was a bit cooler, with a high of 85, but still very
humid and Wednesday, the first day of spring run in with temps in the 70's
and low humidity.
And then, while the nation was busy watching the east
coast and all the media hype surrounding hurricane Earl, we had our second
hurricane of the season- Eino. The first one was Aino a few weeks ago. I
have no idea how many more we will endure this season, but I have a list of
names for this season; Aino, Eino, Helmi, Lempi, Mika, Niilo, Onni, Riika,
Toivo and Urho. If we go through all of those, I we can go into next years
Eino was stronger than Aino. We had sustained winds in
the mid to upper 40's and gusts to the upper 50's and low 60's. I picked up
1.6" of rain and the airport almost 1.9". Most of it was lake
effect or at least lake enhanced that fell Friday. Had that been snow, it
would have been at least 25" of snow, perhaps 30 or 40. I can say that
in true wishful thinking as the precip was generated in the same fashion
that winter precip is made. I read lots of comments from folks that talk
about things like their area seeing 15" of rain in the past 3 months
and if that was snow it would be 15 feet. While the conversion is
reasonable, the truth is summertime precip is created differently and in a
different environment from winter precip. Most summertime precip is created
in very humid conditions and via thunderstorms. Both processes do not
typically exist in the winter, so it is not a very likely scenario at all to
happen. Our precip from Thursday evening through Friday was a totally
feasible thing to have happen in the winter and have it all fall as snow.
Plus, lake effect typically falls in a 20:1 ratio or higher, meaning
20" of snow for each inch of liquid moisture. At any rate, the storm
was a doozy. Not the strongest I have ever seen up here, but a doozy none
At the height of the storm, Nora and I thought it would
be fun to take a drive and see the big lake. Maybe not the safest thing to
do, especially with Grace and the pups in the truck as well, but the truck
is pretty beefy and I was not too concerned. Most of the roadways we would
be on would not be at risk of a tree falling directly on them and we could
drive around (or over) any branches that came down. So we all bundled up and
got in the truck and headed to the big lake.
As we came down the hill the lake came into view and I
knew right away that this was not the average run of the mill blow up here.
Instead of the lake being filled with white caps, there were about 1/3rd of
the typical number, but even from a few miles away, I could tell that they
were riding the top of monstrous waves. When we got down to the lake at
Eagle River, the one thing that really surprised me was how high the water
was. Not only were the strong winds creating huge waves, but it was also
creating a storm surge of around 2 to 3 feet. Normally this
picnic bench sits high and dry and several hundred feet from the water.
Not on Friday, it was in the lake. The water was even lapping up against the
deck of Fitzgerald's. There is a large reef about 1/4 mile off shore at
Eagle River, so it was breaking up the huge waves and only allowing 2-3
footers to make it to shore. During my first few trips to Fitzgerald's, I
always wondered how they could get away with having a structure so close to
the lake and not have it washed away. The reef is the answer. I bet the
dinners there that evening enjoyed their show!
After viewing the lake there, we decided to head up the
road to Eagle Harbor. A reef sits off the coast just about all the way up
the northern shore, but places like Great Sand Bay and a few spots closer to
Eagle Harbor do seem to have bigger waves during a storm, so we thought we
would check it out. About 3 miles up the road, we came to this
tree blocking the road. I think it was a combination of not really
wanting to turn around and also Nora betting me that I could not drive over
it (after I had bragged that we could just drive right over the thing in the
truck) that caused me to decide to drive right over it. In any case we did
and made it over fine. The main thing I was worried about was a broken off
spike from a limb going through the tire and giving me a flat, but the tires
are brand new with lots of tread and we ended up in good shape, without a
scratch on the truck.
We got up the road a bit and came to a clearing where you
could view the lake again and I snapped this
shot, at which point the battery on the camera went dead. So we
continued on up to Eagle Harbor and then doubled back to the upper highway
and back to the house. I could not let this storm get away without more
pictures of it, so I dropped Nora, Grace and the pups off at the cabin,
grabbed the good camera and some fresh batteries for it as well as a fresh
battery for my smaller point and shoot one that had gone dead and headed
back out into the storm. I actually decided to re-trace our previous route
and then go to some other spots in Eagle River and up the coast a bit.
There really was not a whole lot new to take pictures of
until I got to Great Sand Bay and it was at the far eastern end of that
beach where some giants
were breaking up just off shore. These were still not the monsters that
could be seen further out in the lake, but were at least 10-12 footers and
very impressive to watch. A little bit up the road from Great Sand Bay the
road comes very close to the lake and there is no beach, just rocks and then
the big lake. It is all private property along that stretch, but I decided
to be a rebel in this one case, park the truck along side the road and I got
out and walked through a clearing in the trees to the shoreline, or at least
as close as I wanted to get. The conditions right along the lake were just
brutal. The wind was blowing so strong that the rain felt like little bb's
hitting you in the face. I could only point the camera out into the lake for
a split second to take a picture as the lens would get soaked in less than a
second. Even so, I snapped this somewhat blurred image of the
big lake in all it's fury. Here is another
one from that same spot. After that second shot I decided to head to the
relative safety of the truck, with my heart pounding and adrenaline surging.
It's really something how the body reacts to threatening environments.
I continued up the shoreline and came to Cat Harbor
again. This time stopping to take a
picture of the beach, or lack there of- due to the storm surge. Normally
the lake is about 30-40 feet from that picnic bench. Cat harbor is protected
by rocks along it's entire path, so the water was quite calm in the harbor
itself and the true effect of the storm surge could be seen.
After that, I continued up to Eagle Harbor, that harbor
is also quite protected from the elements, but I knew that things at the old
lighthouse would be a different story, so I took the series of left hand
turns to get me out there. I was wearing a gortex jacket with a hood and
also a baseball cap, so I got myself all situated to make the trek up to the
viewing platform that is there by the lighthouse. I was very happy to be
protected by the gortex, but it was still just plain wicked up on that
platform. At times the wind would gust so strong that standing flat footed,
I would slide across the deck and it was also very difficult to breathe in
the air. I guess with the wind so strong, unless you were looking right into
it, there was a low pressure created on the downwind side of your head and
it made it a real challenge to breathe. I did not last long up on that
platform, but in between gusts, I was able snap a couple of shots. Here is
one looking east at the
lake battering the shoreline. The telephone pole in the shot lends some
perspective as to the height of the waves as they crashed ashore. Here is the
same shot with less spray happening.
As I mentioned, I did not last long on the viewing platform in
full exposure to the elements, but on my way back to the truck I spied a
spot that looked to be a bit sheltered from the storm, so I decided to go
there and see if I could last longer and get some more shots. The spot was
more sheltered from the winds and rain and so I took some more shots. I
really wanted to get one with a wave crashing on shore right near the pole
and house there to show just how big the waves were and was rewarded with this
As I took that shot, I was thinking about how there is no
way that you could have got me out on that lake in any sized boat. Well,
maybe a super tanker or an aircraft carrier, but that would probably be it.
They said the waves out in the lake were 20-25 feet high with occasional
rouges of 30. That is tall enough to fully wash over a two story structure.
They say spend a night on the big lake in a storm like that and you will
come back a religious person- if you already were not one, and I have
absolutely no doubt about that. Just standing there on the shoreline was a
frightening experience at times.
Having enough of the elements, I got back into the truck
and caught my breath and let my hands stop shaking. I drove up the shoreline
a bit, hoping to catch some more scenes of the big lake, but I got to the
entrance for Brockway Mountain Drive and had not encountered any such spots,
so decided to turn around there. I am sure that being on top of Brockway
would have been it's own experience, but one that would have been hard for
you all to re-live, so I headed home. On the way up the Eagle Harbor Cut off
Rd, I came across this
large birch that had fallen on some telephone lines and was blocking my half
of the road. Decided not to try and drive over the top of that one and
went around. I made it home safe and sound and glad to be back home too.
Not a whole lot more to talk about. I guess the storm was
the big story this week. As mentioned, it did cool off nicely on Wednesday
and this morning was a little crisp, with temps in the upper 30's and low
40's. It's strange how things can change so quickly, both in the actual
weather, but also in the perspective of what season it is. Last week at this
time it still felt like summer in both reality of the weather and
perspective, but now it seems like autumn has really arrive. I am sure we
will still get some warmth, but I hope we are done with the humidity. I have
not removed the A/C's from the windows yet, but I think that has as much to
do with being shell shocked from this past summer as it does with my
thinking that we really will need them any more. We'll see.
For as ugly as Friday was, today was just as beautiful.
After the crisp start, we have warmed nicely and are sitting in the low 60's
with beautiful cobalt blue skies. A perfect day for a
walk in the woods, which is exactly what Nora, Grace, the pups and I
did. Even need a light jacket, but I did not mind one bit. Autumn has
arrived and I am one happy camper! Good night from the Keweenaw..