Sunday, February 18, 2018

UP200 Dog Sled Race

This weekend is the annual UP200 dog sled race.  There were 19 teams this year.  They start in Marquette, rest and turnaround in Grand Marais, and return to Marquette.  As of this posting, three teams have completed the race; the others are still out on the course.  Congratulations to the dog sled teams, the race officials, and the volunteers.

Grand Marais checkpoint....





When each team arrives, its official time is recorded, the dogs are checked by vets, and handlers help guide the team behind the recreation center to the rest area.





It is Presidents' Day weekend, so we have a lot of snowmobilers.  Volunteers stop the machines when dog sled teams are near.  The snowmobiler in the photo below is very patriotic.








Rest area behind the recreation center on the baseball field.







A spectator....



A team coming down what we locals call "suicide hill."


Snowmobile line up at our only gas station...




A raffle was held this year to raise money for the event....



Ice fishermen on Grand Marais Bay...


Friday, February 16, 2018

Snow and Beach

First, an update on the progress of the new book.  I have now received and incorporated all the comments from reviewers.  Today I'll transfer the page files from Photoshop CC into the publishing software.  Then I'll send the files to the printer!  Thanks to everyone who helped with the book's review.

A couple of days ago it was beautiful and sunny.  My plans were to go to the beach, but I was busy with the book and had issues with my printer -- so I only walked around my property.  Here are a few photos documenting snow depth.  Some of the drifts in my yard are four to six feet deep.

Looking north from my driveway...


Snow pile in front of my outbuilding....


Snow in front of my LP tank....


Snow behind my house....


Beach looking west....


Beach looking east...


Lois agate hunting.  She actually found one!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Grouse in tree

Yesterday afternoon I skied early afternoon.  The national park's trails had not been groomed in a couple of days, but we skied anyway.  Then, in the afternoon while I was meeting with one of my book reviewers, I spotted a grouse in one of my apple trees.

Grouse are heavily built birds, similar to chickens. They range in length from 12 to 37 inches, and in weight from 0.66 to 14.33 pounds. Males are bigger than females—twice as heavy. Grouse have feathered nostrils and legs. In winter the toes are feathered, too to allow them to walk and burrow in the snow.




Grouse make up a considerable part of the vertebrate biomass in the Arctic and Subarctic. Their numbers may fall sharply in years of bad weather or high predator populations—significant grouse populations are a major food source for lynx, foxes, martens, and birds of prey. However, because of their large clutches (5-12 eggs), they can recover quickly.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Nice weekend with friends

For the 31st year in a row, my Yooper girlfriends and I got together for fun, food, and relaxation.  We rented a house on an inland lake.  A great time was had by all.

The rental house was amazing....




View of the lake...



The group this year (smaller than normal)....


They drive snowmobiles, four wheelers, and trucks on the ice....



Ice fishing (picture taken with my camera zoom)...


Di and I sked the lake...