Friday, December 7, 2018

Sable Lake area hike and update on new book

First, I will give an update on my latest project.  I was planning on writing and publishing the third book in my Rocks through Time series.  Although I may still do a third book in the future, I decided I want to do something different this winter.  So instead, I am writing a kids' rockhound activity book.  Yesterday I finished creating the last main page.  I still have to design a page on the rock cycle as well as the covers and introduction page, but the hardest part of the project is now done.  Since I don't want the activity book to be a "single use" resource, I have located a printer that specializes in producing laminated books.  I have a choice between different types of lamination, but I've selected the one that is compatible with dry erase markers.  The book will be spiral bound.

As usual, I am struggling a bit with the title.  Although my target audience is middle school aged kids, the activity book will be useful for anyone who wants to learn basic geology and rock/mineral concepts.  The working title is Kids' Rockhound Activity Book, I am not sure this is the title I want to use.  First of all, "rockhound" is not an official word.  Secondly, I don't think the working title is all that appealing.  If you have any suggestions, please comment on this blog post or send me an email to  I will give a free copy of the printed book to anyone who suggests the final title. A low resolution example of two of the draft pages is below.

On Wednesdays a group of us Grand Marais women are getting together for outside adventures.  Yesterday we hiked from the Sable Visitors' Center to the overlook on Sable Lake and back.  Ice is just starting to form on the lake.  It was a chilly walk into the wind heading west, but then again -- we are not yet acclimated to winter.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Winter scenes and big buck

Today I'll post a few photos I took yesterday.  The buck was feeding behind my house.  I'm not sure how to officially count points, but I think he is an eight pointer.  The ice was coating bushes at the end of Coast Guard Point along the channel.  The apple trees in my yard are all coated with snow!

Friday, November 30, 2018

School Forest Hike and More

Yesterday friends and I went on a short hike in the school forest.  The snow depth condensed while I was down state for Thanksgiving.  In and around town we have less than a foot on the ground.  Also included is a photo of Lonesome Point and one of the many deer hanging out around my house.  I didn't get a photo, but this morning there were around ten deer right outside my picture window.
The gang.....

Sucker River looking east and west.....

While in town I took a photo of Lonesome Point....

One of the deer.  He was eating the buds off the bushes behind my house.

Thursday, November 29, 2018


Thanks to my son, Jonathan, and his family for a great Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

UofM Botanical Gardens photos

While down state I did my usual visit to the UofM botanical gardens.