Sunday, December 10, 2017

First Ski

Yesterday was the first time of the season I tried to cross country ski.  It started out well, but when I turned onto my south trail I discovered there is still wet areas under the snow.  This caused the snow to clump on my skies.  It was still good to be out.

We had periods of good snow during the morning...

First ski....

Friday, December 8, 2017

Winter has finally arrived

Winter has finally arrived.  It is hard to tell because of all the blowing and drifting, but I would say we received around five inches of snow.  More is on the way since we are under a winter storm advisory until tomorrow afternoon.

When I drove into town yesterday, I took a couple of pictures at the boardwalk.

The following NASA image is what winter looks like from space.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Chapel Area Hike -- Post 2

Today I will post the second half of the photos taken during my hike in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Wednesday.

Chapel Rock...

This ice on Chapel Rock was located 30 feet above the lake.

After checking out Chapel Rock, we continued west over Chapel River.

In Chapel campground we took our first break with hot chocolate and pecan muffin.  Later for lunch we had turkey sandwiches and chips.

Next we headed back south along the west side of Chapel Lake.

This NPS marker was located on top of a bluff over Chapel Lake.

Near the marker there were human artifacts.  It looked like an old stove and refrigerator.

Lunch spot.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Chapel Area Hike in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore--Post 1

It has been quite some time since I was able to go on a long hike.  Yesterday was the day.  Friends, Helen and Lois, and I drove into Chapel Parking, located several miles north of Melstrand.  It was not a surprise that we were the only people hiking.  We didn't see any other vehicles or people.  Temperatures were in the mid-30s and it was partly cloudy.  Although we originally hoped to do the entire loop, the early sunset this time of year did not give us enough time.  Thus, we hiked past Chapel Falls to Chapel Rock, and then back along the west side of Chapel Lake.  In total the distance was 6.5 miles.

Today I will post the first half of the photos; tomorrow I'll post the rest.

Heading down the trail 3.5 miles to the connecting trail along the west side of Chapel Beach.

Chapel Falls....

The number of downed trees was intense.  Some of the down trees are due to pathogens that have attacked and killed the beach trees as well as some of the white birch.  Others were due to the incredible wind storms we have had this year.

Chapel Rock with the surviving tree on top....

Grand Portal Point...

Chapel Beach, which is a lot shallower than it used to be due to erosion.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Presque Isle Deer and more

After the Wisconsin trip, I had a short turnaround to prepare for Starry, Starry Night (Grand Marais' Black Friday shopping event), before I headed to the Keewenaw for Thanksgiving.  Thanks to my son's in-laws for allowing me to participate in the festivities.

At the end of the Wisconsin trip, I stayed with friends in Marquette before speaking at the Ishpeming rock club meeting.  Thanks to Jimmy and Helen for your incredible hospitality.  Also, thanks to Helen for the play on Saturday night, and for the hike we had on Presque Isle.  We went on the hike for exercise, but also to check out the erosion from recent wind events.  There was considerable erosion.

In October during the "big storm," the island was closed to all traffic.  Some people walked around the barriers to check out the waves.  Unfortunately, several people got too close and were swept off the rocks.  Two didn't make it.  I'm not sure where on the black rocks they were, but here is the general area.

The ice along the shoreline was coating everything.

During the hike we saw a huge buck as well as a smaller doe.

For the most part my traveling is done for the winter.  I have started the research on my next book, which will be the second in the Rocks through Time series.  This one will be about the geologic history of the Great Lakes and will describe how the lakes formed.  I still have to do a web page update and make some custom mineral art, but work on the book will ramp up soon.  I am excited.