Saturday, January 30, 2016

First Creek Bluff and Beach

The day before yesterday I did ski with exercise partner, Lois Fite, but I didn't take many photos and did not post a blog yesterday.  We skied the road that goes to the Sable Lake boat ramp.  Along side the road there is a creek that has some step down waterfalls.


Then yesterday we snowshoed up the bluff in the Donahey Woods past First Creek...


The path goes up the bluff above the beach....



We then circled up a ridge in the woods south of the bluff...



When you get back to the bluff, this time of year without leaves on the trees you can actually see Grand Marais Bay, the shoreline east of town, and Coast Guard Point (not pictured)...


The best view of the shore ice and icebergs is from the top of the bluff....



Next we headed down to the beach....




Harbor lighthouse popping up above the icebergs...


Au Sable Point lighthouse is in the background....




Floating ice....


Thursday, January 28, 2016

More Winter River Photos

Today's post includes pictures I took while snowshoeing and skiing next to rivers east of Grand Marais.  I just love winter rivers!



Old white birch tree detail...


Snow covered stump in the middle of the woods...










My new skis.....


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ice Fishing on Grand Marais Bay

The ice on Grand Marais Bay has finally started to get thick enough to allow for some ice fishing.  Bob Stocking invited me down to check out his temporary set up.  He is going to wait a few more days to put his ice shanty out onto the ice.

North side of the frozen bay....




 Another Grand Marais resident has dragged his small shanty out onto the ice.



Menominee....



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Munising Falls

The other day while out of town with my friend, Renee, we decided that we wanted to stop by Munising Falls to check out the ice formation.

Walking along the river toward the falls....



Munising Falls...






video

Monday, January 25, 2016

Sunny Day Snowshoe -- Post 2

Today I will post the second half of the pictures from the four hour snowshoe that I went on over the weekend with Jamey and Lois Fite.  It was great to enjoy the sunshine!

The arrow below shows an evergreen tree well.  These gaps in the snow appear often.  I found out the hard way.  I stepped too close to an evergreen tree and fell into the gap backwards.  I tried to roll over to get back up, but my backpack got stuck.  Once I took my backpack off, I was finally able to roll over and stand up in the deep powder snow.



Jamey still uses his trustworthy Iverson snowshoes.  Lois and I have upgraded to the new composite snowshoes.  We like the crampons and the new bindings.


River scenes...




Shark?






After the long snowshoe, we went back to Jamey and Lois's house for a great dinner.  Here are a few views of the end of Coast Guard Point and the breakwall.