Saturday, January 22, 2022

Very Cold Lake Superior Beach Snowshoe

This past Friday I met friends at their house located out on Coast Guard point. It was very cold with wind chills below zero, but we decided to head out  on snowshoes anyway. We decided to head to the east toward the channel and lighthouse first since the wind was strong from the west. Then we headed back west. Once we arrived back in front of their house -- I decided I had enough. I had forgotten to bring my goggles and face covering. So we headed back in for an incredible venison dinner and a euchre card game.

Recent winds blew most of the snow off the beach. The rocks were exposed, but frozen in the sand.

Friends, Barb and Sharon leading the way.....



The top of the outer harbor lighthouse is peaking above the piled up shore ice in  the photo below....





Pancake ice was floating in the channel.




Friday, January 21, 2022

Birthday Ski at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge

What a treat for my birthday weekend/Monday: two days in a row I was fortunate to spend time at the Seney Refuge, which is located a half hour south of Grand Marais. After snowshoeing on Sunday with my friend, Diane, on Monday I headed back to the refuge with friends, Barb and Sharon. We skied down the access road to the trailhead for the Manistique River Trail. Barb did the cooking. It was fabulous! Thanks for helping to make my birthday something special!

Trailhead....

Manistique River....


Barb cooking.....









Thursday, January 20, 2022

Seney Wildlife Refuge Snowshoe

This past Sunday I met a friend at the Seney ski trails, the access which is located just south of Germfask. Temperatures were in the low 20s with some wind. Diane had just purchased her first pair of snowshoes, so I told her we could go out. Although the trails are intended for cross country skiing, we walked next to the trail so as to not disturb the track. Half way through the trek we had a winter picnic.

Trail head....



Views from our picnic spot....



Heading back to the car...







Wednesday, January 19, 2022

First Creek Snowshoe

I am almost caught up with posting photos. Today I will include pictures taken last week on a snowshoe to the First Creek area located west of Woodland Campground in Grand Marais, MI. We parked at the end of the park, and went down the steps to the beach.

Looking east....

Looking west....

Then we headed just west of the creek and climbed up the hill....

Once we arrived up on top, we found a downed tree on which to sit and have a picnic.

Heading back down the hill....



On the First Creek path, someone built a structure. Rumor has it that a homeless person was living there before winter started.



Sunday, January 16, 2022

Burt Township School Forest Cross-Country Ski and current snow depth

I am getting closer to catching up on all the photos I have taken the last month or so. Today I will start by posting pictures taken on a cross-country ski with friends in the Grand Marais school forest. It was a beautiful day!


Sucker River.....




A couple of days later my friends helped to "human-groom" my ski trails by snowshoeing. Then we skied. I did not take photos until we were done. I document the sunset over the future Agatelady Rock Shop building.

We have on the level around two feet of snow, with drifts higher. On this day six years ago the snow on the south side of my house was almost up to the roof. Today it is only 4-5 feet high.