Friday, January 12, 2018

School Forest Snowshoe

Even though it was only 10 degrees outside, Lois and I headed over to the school forest for a snowshoe.  Everything was coated with white snow!  It was beautiful.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

First big winter outing and picnic

Yesterday temperatures finally were in the 20s, so friends, Jamey and Lois, and I decided to head out for our first winter outing.  East of town we snowshoed in over an hour and found a place along a river where we found a downed log we could sit on.  It was not easy to collect enough dry wood, since most of it was buried under three feet of snow, but we managed.  On the menu was soup, Italian sausage, hard boiled eggs, and carrots.  The dogs also enjoyed it very much.  It was Beaver's first big winter outing (he is 11 months old).  In total we were out for six hours!  Thanks for a wonderful day.

Heading out....

Beaver really liked the deep snow!

Pictures along the way...

Parts of the route were not easy!

You can see the river in the background.  We set up on a bank above the river.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Coast Guard Point Photos

To celebrate getting most of my accounting and tax preparation done yesterday, late in the day I ventured out into the weather.  Since the wind chill temperatures were in the negative teens, I doubled and tripled layers, covered up completely, put my snowshoes on, and headed out to the beach at the end of Coast Guard Point.  It was between lake effect bands so I was able to get some photos.

I had to park over near the Coast Guard station since the parking lot was not plowed.  Once I got to the parking lot area, I stayed clear of the ice.

Once I snowshoed over the first dune, I took the following picture looking west.

From the first dune, looking north you can barely see the outer harbor lighthouse due to the height of the shelf ice.  The shoreline looks more like February than early January.

Looking east...


As I headed west, there was a gap in the shelf ice that gave me a better view of the outer harbor lighthouse.

Shelf ice with crashing wave...

Inner harbor lighthouse...

Yesterday I signed an art commission contract to make a large agate window.  The photo below is a mock-up of the 77 inch by 10.5 inch window.  TO be more accurate in my estimate, I decided I had to do this mock-up so I could count and price the agates.  The length of this agate window will be a challenge, but I'm up to the task!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Cold and Snowy start to the Year

The lake effect machine turned on before the end of last year and continues.  Combined with the artic blast of extremely cold temperatures and high winds -- I have not felt like venturing out.  It just isn't as enjoyable when the wind chills are more than -20 degrees.  Plus, I've been working on my end-of-the-year accounting and tax preparation, which are not my favorite tasks.  I'm still waiting on some of the December statements to come in the mail to finish up, so I will resume work on the new book today.  I am well more than half way done with the first draft of the narrative poem.  This book, which will take on the same design as the first in the Rocks through Time series, is much more difficult to do.  It is harder to summarize billions of years of Great Lakes region geology than it is to describe nine stones.  Once the poem draft is done, I'll start working on the graphics.  This task will be even more difficult.  I am excited about the challenge and will just keep working on the project until it is ready for publication.  Hopefully, it will be in time to have printed books by the time the museum opens the end of May.

When I went to town yesterday, I drove around again and took a few photos.  When I was at the post office, I just had to document one of the local's car.  We have probably received at least 60 inches of snow so far this year.  Thankfully, the light snow has condensed quite a bit, but there is still at least three feet on the ground.

Grand Marais Bay started to try to freeze over.  One of the locals had his ice shanty out for one day.  Due to shifting winds, the ice keeps moving and breaking up.  Some of the ice fishermen in town think the new breakwall is partly to blame with the lack of ice formation.  I'm not sure if I understand their reasons, but I think it is due to the flow of the Sucker River into the bay.  I do agree that the Army Corp of Engineers blew it when they did not re-establish the breakwall in the original down-shore alignment that existed for many, many decades.  Cutting the angle of the breakwall to save money is resulting in, perhaps, unforeseen consequences.

From Agate Beach, I could see the waves crashing and splashing.  Once the wind dies down and the temperatures increase a bit, I'll venture down there to check out what I'm sure are huge ice volcanoes.  You can see what may be an ice volcano to the left of the splash in the photo below.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

A rare day of sunshine

Living on the Lake Superior shoreline, we are very used to cloudy and snowy days due to lake effect.  Yesterday, however, was very sunny!  I wanted to get out and enjoy it, but I was working on custom agate windows.  I want to get this order done so I can resume work on my next book.  When I went to town I did stop by the boardwalk.  I was curious what the beach looked like, so I had to check it out.

Friday, December 29, 2017

First Roof Rake of the Year

Last night for the second night in a row we lost power.  It went out around 11:15 and didn't come back on until around 4:30 or so.  Glad I have a wood burner.

Yesterday I roof raked for the first time this year.  The snow is starting to pile up!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Lots of Snow

The snow has finally stopped, at least for a few hours.  The wind is going to switch back around to the northwest, so we'll get more snow over the weekend.

Yesterday I went to town to mail some book orders.  I drove around and took a few photos.

Snow is covering all the trees.

Time to roof rake the snow....

It has been so cold that the ice on the bay is starting to freeze.  Last winter the ice fishermen only had one day of ice fishing, due to the warm temperatures.  Looks like it will be better this year.

Locals call the week between Christmas and New Years "Hell Week."  We are being invaded with snowmobiles...

The museum is all ready for the winter.

Snow is starting to pile up.  This garage is on Coast Guard Point.

Watch out for the snow plow white out!

My driveway...