March 29, 2015-
Well, I guess you can
call this a "spring break" entry. Not because it is coming from
some exotic land (unless you call my office exotic!), or that I will be
talking about a recent visit to some exotic land. Nope, it's because I am
drinking heavily and plan to pass out before I even finish it! Just kidding.
I am not drinking...yet, but I do suffer from both a lack of material to
share and energy to dig to deep to find something.
Real quick. Thanks to all that gave their well wishes
with my little medical thing last week. All turned out just fine. The
infection was confined to the tissue, did not get into the bloodstream so it
was a happy ending.
I still took it kind of easy this week. Doing a little
bit of work in the woodshop, but no snowmobiling. In fact, on Thursday, the
good folks from Rt12 stopped by and brought this years demo sled I had back
with them. They were up for a late season ride, which made it convenient for
them to bring it back. I really do not know if I will even be going for
another ride this season, but if I do, can ride the M. So I bid a fond farewell
to the Crossfire.
She was a fun sled to ride and I am pleased to announce that I will be on
another Cat from Rt12 come next season. Only I need to get in touch with
them, because I have changed my mind on what I would like to be able to use
for next season. I had told them that we could go ahead with the crossfire
highcountry edition again, but instead have decided on the Proclimb M with
the 141"x2.6" track. I think that will be a perfect boondocking
sled for up here and when the snow gets insanely deep, then I will have the
153. Anyone looking for a great used sled, stop by Rt 12 in Arlington
Heights IL. I believe that sled had less than 300 miles on it!
So I guess that about covers it for this one. The weather
has been a little schizo. With some mild air
early in the week, allowing Gracie to go and play on her playground...well in
a manner of speaking. That was on Wednesday when we hit the upper 40's
with sunshine. Then snows of 7.5" fell Thursday, with temps by Friday
morning below zero. Yesterday it warmed to the upper 30's with sun and today
it has been snowing again. Ahhhh, spring in the Keweenaw.
It looks like the schizo weather might not yet be done
with us either. Just as long as it does not turn bitterly cold, I am fine.
Good night from the Keweenaw..
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March 22, 2015-
The last time I wrote, we were
sitting at 57 degrees and the snow was melting quick. The next day, Monday,
saw temps top out in the low 50's, but we also had clouds and a bit of rain
that even changed to a bit of snow by late in the day. Then we spent the
rest of the week in a holding pattern, with no additional snow loss, but
also no additional gain.
I did start the Laurium Glacier meltdown contest on
Monday. It is not as big as in some other years, but is also no
slouch either. I think the picture I take of it is always a bit
misleading. So much so that in April of 2013, I strapped on some snow shoes
and went out next to it so that Nora could take a picture to help illustrate
its size. Here is that
pic from mid-April of 2013.
On Thursday I had my pacemaker replaced as the battery
was getting low. We actually left town around midday on Wednesday as I had
some pre-op tests to get done in Marquette on Wednesday afternoon. The
surgery was not until Thursday afternoon, but all went well. Then yesterday
the surgical site on my chest got to looking like it had been sunburned
(signs of infection), so with the doctors offices closed, I headed into the
emergency room. They too thought there was a good chance an infection was
getting underway, so they started me on an IV antibiotic and drew blood for
a culture. The culture test takes 48 hours to be determined, so we will not
know for sure if there is an infection until tomorrow, but I did go in for
another IV antibiotic this morning and will do the same tomorrow morning. I
will say that the site does not hurt nearly as bad as yesterday and is less
inflamed, so what ever is going on looks to be getting better. I am so lucky
to have such good medical care in such a small community!
While in Marquette and before my surgery, I was in charge
of taking the pups out to go potty and such and on our morning walk/potty
break Thursday, we walked past a maple tree that had lost part of one of
it's branches during the winter. Spring is maple syrup season in the
Northwoods, as the sap runs up the trees during the warm days and flows back
down at night. At times, you can see the sap slowly dripping from a broken
branch and when it is cold enough, you get a
Also while in Marquette we had some free time, so we did
some shopping (as most yoopers do when they go to Marquette!). We had to
leave the pups in the vehicle and it was warm enough to leave a window down
enough to let them stick their heads out for fresh air and some sniffing.
They must have gotten the attention from a fellow shopper, for when we got
back to the vehicle, there were these
two treats on the drivers door waiting for them. Pretty neat gesture and
my thanks to the kind individual that did that!
Like Burt and Baileys, Huck and Mille have pretty
wonderful lives. I personally think they deserve every moment of greatness
they have in their lives as they pay it back (and forward) 100 time over.
None the less, the other morning when I was busy doing my morning work at
o-jeze:30, I looked over to my working companion and saw
this! Such is the life of a dog at the Dees!
I guess the biggest excitement was in the sports world up here.
On Friday, the MI Tech Hockey Team defeated Bowling Green University 5-2 to
advance to the championship game for the WCHA conference. They played
Minnesota State-Mankato and lost by a similar score. Their season is not
over yet. They will get a bid to the NCAA championship tourney with 15 other
teams and will have a chance to win it all there.
The other, and biggest, sporting news was the Calumet High
School Girls Basketball team that won the STATE TITLE yesterday. It was a
bit of a Cinderella story. They were a very good team, going something like
24-2 in the regular season. However, they still were not a ranked team.
Their title run started here at home two weeks ago and then moved to
Escanaba for the regionals. Then last Monday after a pep-rally at the
school, the boarded a bus and headed down state with bags packed for a 7 day
trip. The trip could have been cut short at any time, but they kept defying
those that make the rankings and beating teams one by one. On Thursday they
were matched up against the #3 ranked team in the state that I believe had
just knocked off the #1 ranked team and were able to beat them. So yesterday
at 4 in the afternoon the tip off happened. It was obvious that they were
nervous and tight, as the other team got off to a big lead. However, about
midway through the second period, they had put the jitters behind them and
were knocking down 3 pointers and grabbing just about every re-bound and
ended the first half tied 27-27.
Not too deep into the first half they took the lead and
other than a brief moment when they fell behind by a basket, they led the
rest of the game, winning 57-49. I have to admit that I am not much of a
basketball fan, but it was one of the best basketball games I have ever
watched. To be down by something like 9 points quickly in the game, but
never panic and keep playing as a team and helping each other out, it is
something that a movie could be made about. No lie.
This is the first time Calumet has ever had a state
champion in girls basketball, the other time going to the quarterfinals in
1977. Most of these girls have been playing together since 3rd grade and
were super close. Nora and Gracie are very close friends with many of them
and several of them have baby sat Gracie to boot!
So there is some celebrating going on in Calumet as I
write. The team is arriving back in town and there are loads of folks lining
the roadway to welcome them back and there is also going to be a homecoming
assembly at the school gym today. Nora and Gracie left about a half hour ago
to cheer them on as
they came into town and then were going to head over to the school gym.
As much as I wanted to go too, I sat this one out just to be safe with my
There is also some celebrating going on at the east end
of the UP, as the St Ignace girls team won the class D title. They came back
from a 13 point deficit in the semifinal game and from a 20 point deficit in
the championship game! As if that was not enough, they went out to meet up
with the Calumet girls as they crossed the Mackinaw bridge and escorted them
across the bridge along with a bunch of the emergency vehicles from the
region. The two teams from the UP returning as champs. How cool. I have also
heard that folks in towns like Munising and Ishpeming lined the streets as the Cally
girls rolled through their towns to congratulate them. Life in the UP, it
does not get any better!
So there is going to be a
group of girls up here who's feet do not touch the ground for some time
and it could not have happened to a better group of kids. Congrats!
My final bit of news is the weather forecast for us. I
cannot remember if March came in like a lion or lamb, probably more like a
lamb. However, it looks to go out like a lion. Several systems are seen in
the next 1-2 days. One this Tue-Wed looks to bring several inches of snow
and another by the weekend looks to do the same and yet a third may swing
through the middle of next week. I sort of have mixed feelings about the
pending snow. It will not be a problem to move with Big Red laying in wait.
However, with my surgery last week and a possible infection going on right
now, I may not be able to get out and play in it. The surgeon did say that I
had no restrictions and to do what I felt up to doing, but I am not going to
sacrifice my health for one last snowmobile ride of the season, that's for
sure! A ski or snowshoe will likely happen though, so stay tuned!
Good night from the Keweenaw..
March 15, 2015-
Wow, what a difference
a week makes. Spring sure has sprung! Not just here, but pretty much
everywhere in the Northwoods. We still have a fair amount of snow on the
ground up this way, with just shy of 30". The trails still have a
pretty good base in most spots, but it sure does look different up this way
than it did just a week ago. Even hard to believe that it was just a week
and a day ago that I took a ride and we still found lots of fresh powder!
It's all mashed potatoes now.
I can remember when I first moved up here, I sure would
get depressed when the snow started to go. I was ready for the snow to start
piling up after Labor Day and would have been fine had it stuck around until
Memorial Day! Don't get me wrong, I still love the snow, but I suppose after
the past two winters that finally did not loosen their grip until May, it is
kind of nice to see some mild spring temps occur in mid March.
Early in the week, the pups and I took to the woods for
our morning exercise. With the time change to daylight saving time, we were
back to being dark until just before 8 am, so we had to delay things a bit,
but we were able to get out as the first signs of daylight hit and by the
time we hit the half way point, we were treated to a
beautiful sunrise over the hills of the Keweenaw. One day was perfectly
clear, the other had clouds. I cannot remember which was which, but I
believe the clouds were in place on Tuesday. So here is a shot of the sunrise
Tuesday, with Millie checking things out. Huck was kinda busy and did
not want his picture taken at the moment...if you know what I mean!
It truly is moments like that when I still have to pinch
myself to let me know I am not dreaming, but rather living a dream. To be
able to step out my door, strap on a pair of snowshoes and head out into the
woods with my two buddies leading the way. Hear nothing but the snow
crunching under my snowshoes and the huffing and puffing of my own breath
and walk through the beautiful snowfilled woods. I can't help but thinking
back to around 16 years ago when I would walk to work from Printers Row on
the near south side of Chicago to my office at the south end of the Loop and
then spend the rest of the day inside an office building. Two completely
different worlds and I sure have landed in the one I love.
The snow was still powdery both mornings and on Monday we
were even breaking trail and that is when the huffing and puffing part
kicked in. While snowshoes do help tremendously when waking through deep
snow, they do not make it effortless. I was still dropping
down around a foot into the powdery snow, although that is better than
dropping all the way to my belly like
the pups were.
On Tuesday afternoon, the sun came out and a
southwesterly breeze allowed our temp to top out at 57 degrees! I even spent
a bit of time outside without a coat on, just a long sleeved shirt. I could
not help but think back to how everything is relative. Come July, 57 will
feel very chilly and I would be breaking out a warm coat, while here at the
end of another cold winter, it felt like we should have the swimming pool
With the air temps in the upper 50's, it was a lot warmer
outside than inside the shops, so I opened
all the doors to let the warm air IN. I did a bit of spring cleaning in
the shops, while the
pups basked in the sun outside.
When Nora and Gracie got home, we had dinner early and
then all headed out to one of the back roads of Keweenaw county that had
been plowed out all winter, but is a dead end and just two persons live on
it, so it gets little to no traffic. That way we can all meander
on the road without fear of being run over.
The rest of the week also remained fairly mild. In fact,
the snow never really did set back up, so we went without further snowshoe
walks in the woods and instead took to walking the road we live on. Still a
very pretty and relaxing walk, but the pups have to be on their leashes
and there is the occasional vehicle that will pass by and interrupt the
silence of things.
The warm temps and sunshine did get the roofs to clearing
this week. The one
side of the front shop was the first to go and let lose on Tuesday
afternoon. Others followed as the week went on and so did the melting. Among
them was the woodshed
roof and it did not collapse, which is always a plus!
In the week morning hours Saturday, we did get into a bit
of light snow and woke up to
a fresh 1/2" of the white stuff. It snowed lightly most of the
morning on Saturday before finally ending. The snow was a very wet and
sloppy kind and the weight of it actually caused the final roof to clear
Saturday morning, that being the
roof over the screened in porch. More of a slab avalanche really.
So our first real feel of spring was upon us for this
week. Things do look to cool down a bit for the upcoming week and we might
even pick up a bit of wet snow later Monday into Tuesday. The western 1/2 of
the lake has also opened up enough to allow lake effect to fall. We are
getting to the time of the season when lake effect starts to be harder to
come by, but can still occur and it looks like later this week it might be
cold enough to allow for some LES to fall. No big dumping, but enough to let
us know winter weather is not yet done with us.
My final bit of business is to let you know that the
annual Laurium Glacier Meltdown contest will begin tomorrow at 9 am eastern
time on the discussion board, so be sure to have your guesses ready to go!
Good night from the Keweenaw..
March 8, 2015-
Greetings from a much milder
Keweenaw! I guess when I was writing last week at this time, it was not
brutally cold, but still only in the teens. Today as I write, we are
creeping up on the freezing mark, with my current temp at 31.2 degrees and
still climbing. Yesterday's high was 30.8 and Friday's was 26. So we have definitely
worked our way out of the deep freeze and it looks like we could even flirt
with 40 sometime this week.
We did have another round of bitter cold that arrived
Wednesday and continued into Thursday, including tying the record low for
March 5 at -21 at the airport. The airport is not the coldest spot in the
winter and some areas near by had readings of up to -30 on Thursday morning.
Schools were not closed, but did have a 2 hour delay to allow the bitter
cold to ease a bit before sending the kids out into it to head to
It is looking like we might just be done with the bitter
cold for this season. Not that we will not have some cold, but as far as
sub-zero lows and highs in the single digits, I think that might just be it.
The next 10 days to two weeks does not indicate any bitterly cold air to
occur and that gets us pretty deep into March and while we can still have
cold and snow at the end of March and even into April, it gets harder and
harder to get the really nasty cold down into our neck of the woods by then.
I will welcome that. I am not quite ready for all of the
snow to go away, but am actually looking forward to some above freezing
temps and sunshine. It will be nice to get out into the great outdoors and
enjoy those conditions. Heck, it is already nice to not have to dress like
an arctic explorer just to go to the store or put wood in the wood boiler!
The pups and I did get out into the woods this week. The
only days we stayed in were Wednesday and Thursday.
On Friday, Nora, Gracie and I went to the MI Tech Hockey
game. It was their final regular season home game and was against arch
rivals Northern MI University. The game was a sold out, standing room only
affair. So we got there early to get a good, close parking spot. The teams
were in the midst of their pre-game
warm-up when we took our seats and the arena was not too full yet, but
got packed by the time the puck dropped.
It being the final regular season home game of what has
been a spectacular season for the team (21-5-2 record, one point off of
winning the WCHA), they were asking the crowd to wear the colors of the team
(black/gold), especially gold, so before heading into the game, we stopped
by the university store and picked up some
team colors for us.
There are several nice things about going to a MI Tech
Hockey game. One being that you are almost assured to see someone you know,
if not sit near-by some of them. Two, while the caliber of play is not that
of the NHL, it still is very good and very fun to watch. In fact, there are
typically fewer stoppages in play, so that makes the game more fun to watch.
Third, the stadium is big enough to create an air or excitement, but also
small enough that there really is not a bad seat in the house. We were
sitting just about on the blue line, but were in the second to last row of
the stadium, but yet we were still right
in all the action.
Gracie had a total blast, which is good to see, as it has
always been one of my dreams to go to see the Chicago Blackhawks play each
of the original 6 teams in their home venues. It would be neat to make a
long weekend out of each trip and be able to see the different cites. I have
been to Detroit, New York and Toronto, but have not seen much of Detroit at
all and was in Toronto only once about 30 years ago, so even to go back to
those cities would be fun and I have never been to Boston or Montreal and
would really like to see those two cities, especially Montreal. Of course we
would also see the Blackhawks play at home and spend the weekend down there
At any rate, I think Gracie got the biggest kick out of
the MI Tech Pep Band. Before the game starts, they come into the arena
single file, drums beating and then work into a snappy tune and Gracie loved
dancing to them every time they played. Here is a short video of one
of her dances. In fact, she loved the band so much that ended up
spending the entire second period standing down by them, which was not all
that bad as it put us right down by the
goal defended by NMU for the period and saw lots of action, as the shot
count at the end of the 2nd period was 42 for tech and 10 for NMU! The final
shot count was 52 for Tech and 21 for Northern and the stat that counts the
most was a 5-1 victory for Tech. It was a home-at-home weekend series and
they also won in Marquette Saturday night 3-1.
Ok, so that was my sports writer career in a nutshell. It
sure would be cool to see Tech go all the way to the Frozen Four and even
take that. We'll see, they sure have the talent and going into the weekend
were the #4 ranked team in the nation.
Yesterday I got together with some new found riding
buddies. I had actually been invited on a few rides earlier this season, but
either a busy schedule or illness kept me from getting together with them,
but yesterday I finally got the chance.
I had never ridden with any of them before and actually
only knew one of them before the ride even started, but snowmobilers seem to
have a nice connection to one another and they welcomed me into their pack
and made me feel at home right away.
We took off from one
of the riders camp up here in the Keweenaw yesterday morning. They
pretty much do all off-trail riding and many have grown up here and know the
bush pretty well, so it was a very fun ride for me, as my favorite thing to
do (by far) on a snowmobile is to explore. And explore is exactly what we
did. It is amazing to me how I can know so much of the area up here, but yet
spend almost the entire day riding in spots I have never ridden in before. I
was even able to show them a few spots they had never been to before.
The weather and snow as perfect. Temps were in the upper
20's, with only a light breeze and after a fresh inch or so of snow in the
morning, the sun even popped out by later in the afternoon- helping with the
navigation. One of the first stops of the day was at a friend of the groups
camp. I did not feel it right to display a picture of the camp, but there
was a scenic old log
structure near-by that proved to be a nice photo-op.
Most of the riding was done on small two track type
trails. Some a little
grown in, but still fully navigate able. Around midday, we stopped under
the shelter of a grove of hemlocks and built a little fire to roast
some hotdogs on for lunch. I was also shown to one waterfall that up
until yesterday had remained undiscovered to me and many others. It will be
neat to head back there later this spring and see the water flowing over it,
as it was completely
frozen over yesterday.
We also made it to one
of the high spots in Keweenaw County (no it was not the off-limits Mt
Houghton) on our exploring and the conditions proved to be quite good for
viewing things like Superior both to the west and east of the peninsula, Mt
Bohemia, Mt Houghton and even some notable spots south of the bridge like
Whealkate Bluff. All told, we put on about 60 miles in 7 hours and all of us
were pretty whooped by the end of the day. Even though we did not do
anything extreme, my arms are feeling it today from all the fun had
yesterday. I am already looking forward to the next get-together with this
So that about covers it for this week. It looks to be an
even milder week ahead, with just about every day making it above freezing
and no new snow to speak of. As mentioned, I am not quite ready for all of
the snow to go, but am looking forward to spring riding/skiing/snow shoeing
to commence and am also more confident that the
remaining wood in the woodshed will be enough to get us through the rest
of the heating season. I figure I have gone through about 4/5ths of what I
had to start the season with. There is still around 7-8 weeks left, but the
amount of wood used on a daily basis is dramatically less from here on out
as it is in the dead of winter and this past November was more like January,
so unless we have something highly unusual happen, I think I will make
Good night from the Keweenaw..
March 1, 2015-
Welcome to March! and guess what we have falling right
now? A little bit of lake effect snow! Yep, some flakes started flying
around 10 am and have been falling since. Not heavily by any means and I was
not able to tell they were LES in variety until I came in from the outside,
but after one look at the satellite, it is true. Actually more like lake
enhance snow, as there is a weak cold front pushing through, but the front
is not really producing much snow shower activity and I can see some
streamers coming off some open water off to our west. There is not a lot of
open water, so we are not likely to see any meaningful LES from what is out
there right now, but it's a start and I am probably just as excited that the
lake can produce some clouds and snow showers as I am on the idea it might
help modify any more arctic air that drops south.
After being sick 2 weeks ago, then Nora being sick last
week, Gracie being sick this week and all the cold, cabin fever was really
starting to take hold of me. Especially by Thursday, I was just chomping at
the bit to be able to get outside to do more than get into the truck or load
wood into the boiler. It did remain too cold to get outside on Thursday,
including a new record low at the airport of -25. Schools were closed a
couple of times this past week due to the cold and wind chill as well.
It is always amazing to me how we can become somewhat
acclimated to the cold though. Not that I was enjoying the below zero high
temps and the lows in the 20's below zero, or even that it did not feel very
cold, because it did. However, come Friday, when the sun was out and temps
warmed to +10, it felt downright good! I am not one to take too many "selfies",
but the sun and +10 degree temps felt so good, I
just had to. And now you know why I do not take too many selfies!
The selfie was taken just before the pups and I headed
out into the woods to do some snow shoeing. It felt so good to be able to
get out and enjoy the great outdoors again and I am so lucky to be able to
strap on my skis or snow shoes just outside my front door and head off into
the beautiful woods.
Even though with the lake frozen up pretty tight, leading
to a pronounced absence of snow, the snow in the woods was still quite deep
and also quite fresh. In fact, the trail that had been blazed a few weeks
back was completely covered up and the pups and I had to blaze a brand new
one. A bit more of a workout than I had planned on, but it did help to get
the blood pumping and its not like my body had been taxed heavily by a bunch
of exercise in the previous 2 weeks anyway! Plus, I got to take in lots of mother
After the snow shoe expedition, it was too nice of a day to go
inside, so I eyeballed all the snow on the lean-to, as well as a layer of
ice underneath, caused by some heat bleeding from the supply lines as they
run between the shop and lean-to and decided to do something about it. So
grabbed a shovel and snow scoop and climbed up there and got to clearing the
snow off. I took my time and enjoyed the sunshine. The pups watched from
below and must have thought it looked like fun, because as soon as I had
piled enough snow up under the eave of the roof, they used it to climb
up onto the roof to join me. I think that they really
enjoyed the different perspective of being up on the roof, because they
both ended up staying up here and hanging out with me until I was finished.
Not long after I finished with the roof, Nora and Gracie
got home from school and we all got ready to join friends for dinner and
then take in the start of the CopperDog sled dog race in Calumet. Here is a
shot of all the girls
waiting for the race to start. It was cold once the sun set Friday
evening, but thankfully most of the businesses in Calumet stay open through
the start of the race, so we were able to duck inside a few times to thaw
The start of the race is really cool. We usually start
out watching the race about midway down the main drag in Calumet, but then
as time goes by, some of the primo viewing spots right at the start open up
and we shuffle down there to catch the action. I believe I have mentioned in
the past how these dogs really are professional athletes. They do not get
paid multi-million salaries, but they are just as pumped up before the start
of the race as any professional athlete is before a big game. Here is a
video of a team being loaded into the starting gate and the dogs getting
fired up to head off into the race. The other cool thing that the race
organizers do is to play a song for each team heading out and the song is
chosen by the musher.
We did stick it out through the cold and watched the final team
head out and then took in the fireworks show they do after all the teams are
out of the starting gate. It was then time to head home and climb into a
nice warm bed and not have to get up at 5 am to catch a plane to head out
west to snowmobile. Not that I am complaining at all about being fortunate
enough to be able to go out west for so many years and fly to boot! However,
it does feel really good to be able to stay home with my family.
For as nice as the day was on Friday, it was even nicer
on Saturday, as the sun still shined brightly and the temps warmed into the
low 20's! Pretty much the perfect day to head
out on the snowmobile, so that is exactly what I did was a buddy. It was
probably one of the best rides I had of the entire season so far. The
weather was absolutely perfect and we did a lot of exploring uncharted
waters, which is my all time favorite thing to do on a snowmobile.
We found some nice
play spots and enjoyed stopping to take a break and sit in the sun and
enjoy the wonderful weather. I even managed to pull such a huge wheelie that
my gas cap could not even stay on! Well, it probably had more to do with the
fact that I probably did not tighten it enough after filling up at lunch
time, but it was a pretty big wheelie and the cap did come off and was lost.
Luckily we both came fully prepared with all the back country survival
tools. Toilet paper, a plastic baggie and some zip ties and I had a
fully functional gas cap for the rest of the afternoon.
Other than the lost gas cap, no other carnage was done to
sleds or bodies and we both returned to the Dee compound with big smiles on
our faces. I pulled the sled into the garage and Huck
took to making sure the EZ Ryde Carve was all cleaned up for the next ride.
He says the snow tastes better off the suspension than the other parts of
A nice homemade dinner, back to bed and then up and Adam
today for some more fun. It was cloudy today and as mentioned, we have had
some snow showers, but the temps were still quite nice, with upper teens to
around 20 degrees. The pups and I took to the woods again for a snow shoe.
Even though they are a little over 6 years old, they still run around like
they are 2 or 3 and it sure is great to see them being able to do so. Poor
Burt and Baileys sure got the short end of the stick when it came to joint
problems. In any case, here is a
quick little video of the type of horse play the pups do the whole time
we are out exploring.
After the snowshoe, we took care of a few more chores and then
headed over to watch the sled dog teams head back to Calumet. They cross
right on our road about a half mile away from our house, so that is where we
went. There were some volunteers there at the crossing to help with things
and before long, Nora and I had been sworn in as official volunteers for the
race. Nora filled out
the time sheet for when each team crossed the road and I helped to keep
an eye out for the next team to come, so we all could form a "human
chain" to help keep the dogs on track and also stop any vehicles that
might be coming as the teams were crossing. Gracie had fun watching
the teams pass by as well as building her
snow-snowmobile. I must say, the dogs looked a whole lot more tired
today than they did on Friday night! For good reason obviously, they were on
about mile 140 in a race that started less than 48 hours previously! Here is
a video of a team
coming to the crossing.
So the only other excitement since the warm up came was
to get the addition roof shoveled off. They had not been cleared all season
and while some areas did naturally clear back earlier in the season with the
brief intervals of above freezing temps we had, there was still
a lot of snow up there and some nice
hanging drifts and they needed to come down. So while I was out playing
on my snowmobile yesterday, a couple of local boys were up on the roof
clearing it off for me! I did do one (out of two) of the clearings last
winter and I suppose I may do another one of these years, but as long as
there are healthy high-school kids wanting to make some money, I will make
use of the situation!
roofs got cleared, which led to another issue, that being all
the snow piled up where it was cleared from the roof. However, that is
why God made people that know how to make a
tractor that can make pretty quick work of piles like that. The backhoe
came in quite handy to dig into the pile as well and I even got a little
creative, making a
little archway for the fun of it. As tempting as it was, the archway did
not stay. Too much risk of it falling on one of the pups or Gracie, so I
took it down and we
can now see out of all of our windows again and I seriously doubt that
we will have to worry about clearing the roofs for the rest of this snow
We are in store for some snows on Tuesday, as is much of
the Northwoods. Not a huge storm, but enough to have to move around and also
enough to make a difference in the snow cover. Then a quick shot of cold air
for Wednesday, but not as bitterly cold as we have seen. Plus some strong
winds with the low that brings the Tuesday snow will likely lead to some
more ice loss on the big lake, which could help to temper the cold, then
back to the 20's for the end of the week and weekend. Conditions are awesome
and only look to get better for snow play!
Good night from the Keweenaw..