Monday, February 27, 2017

Awesome Ski through the Woods

The snow was a bit sticky yesterday with temperatures in the upper 20s, but I still went on a great ski with friends Carol, Len, Jamey, and Lois.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

School Forest Ski

Temperatures dropped to the mid 20s and we received the first new inch of snow, so Lois Fite and I decided to ski the school forest yesterday.  Some of the trails had been groomed, so off we went.  It was not the best ski since the snow was hard and crunchy, but it felt good to be out there.

Winter is back....


Friday, February 24, 2017

Sable River Snowshoe

A couple of days ago Lois Fite and I snowshoed from Sable Visitor's Center to the foot bridge above Sable Falls, into the dunes, and back.  Temperatures were in the 40s, so the snow was slushy.  However, it was still a great snowshoe!

First, clouds from the night before....


Tributary creek that flows into Sable River...

We snowshoed to the bluff.  The following photo was taken with my zoom lens....

Animal home and slide along the river...

There is not much snow in the dunes!

 There is some shore ice, but almost no ice on Lake Superior.  Weird.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Another Book has been sent to the printer

As most of you know, I am a project manager.  I love it when a project has been completed.  Today is one of those days.  I just finished sending the files for my newest book to the printer.  The new book is: Rocks Through Time, Book One: Geologic Stories of Nine Stones. The age range for this book is five through adult. This is the first book in a series intended to entertain and teach about the amazing geologic wonders of our planet. The series uses an engaging poetic narrative along with innovative graphics to simultaneously teach and inspire. Book One tells the history of Earth through the geologic stories of nine stones. Additional information is included about the evolution of rocks, the rock cycle, and the characteristics of rocks (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic), as well as a glossary. I should have the hard cover copies back from the printer in around eight weeks. Photos of the covers as well as a couple of the internal pages are included with this post.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

School Forest Snowshoe

Over the weekend we had sunshine and warm temperatures in the 40s.  I went on a great snowshoe with friends in the Burt Township School Forest.  A good time was had by all.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sable Falls Ski

The other day I cross country skied with a friend over to Sable Falls.  We took our skies off and hiked down the steps.  Some sections we actually slid, since it was safer.  There is no ice on the falls themselves, but their are sections of snow covering parts of the cascading falls.  We also saw a bald eagle.  It was a great ski!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

UP 200 Sled Dog Race

This weekend is the UP 200 Sled Dog Race.  Fourteen teams participated this year.  They started in Marquette Friday night and arrived in Grand Marais, which is the turn-around point, around mid-day yesterday.  Temperatures along the route were in the 40s and 50s, which is too warm for the teams, but great for the spectators.  Once they arrive in Grand Marais, the teams rest in our baseball field.  The town plows out spaces for the mushers' rigs and equipment to line up.  There are also numerous checkpoints manned by locals to help direct/stop snowmobile traffic to protect the dog sled teams.  This event is a qualifier for the Alaskan Iditarod race.