Monday, August 20, 2018

Grand Sable Dunes adventure

Yesterday I went on a longer than expected hike on the south side of the Grand Sable dunes. We accessed the dunes via the Masse Homestead trail. After walking down the trail around 12 minutes, there is a path into the dunes. We then circled east and tried to walk along the edge of the dunes back to a dune above where we parked. I've done this hike many, many times. However, since we were limited in time, we tried to take a short cut through a finger of trees. We were never really lost since we knew what direction we were hiking, but we got caught in a very rugged, densely forested old dune formation with lots of steep ups and downs. An hour hike turned into a 2.5 hour hike. We finally just headed south back to H-58 and exited the forest less than a quarter mile from our car. A quick hike turned into a tough challenging adventure. Thanks to Marcia O'Brien for having a positive attitude about the adventure.

Fall colors have started....

This was the last photo I took before we tried taking "a short cut."

Friday, August 17, 2018

A summer of golf

As some of you know, this summer I changed the museum hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to 6:00 to 8:00 at night so I can play golf twice a week.  My game was progressing, but then I found out from watching YouTube videos that my grip was "weak."  I corrected the grip and now I've changed my swing, so my scores have been inconsistent.  However, my drives have been much better overall and I'm continuing to work on the rest of my game.  Golf is difficult, but I am enjoying it a lot.  Thanks to all the women in our Wednesday league as well as to the Grand Marais guys who have encouraged me on Tuesdays.

An injured coyote crossed the cart path in front of us, stopped in a clearing, and headed into the woods.  He was limping.  My camera was in my golf bag, so it took me a few minutes to retrieve it and get a picture just before the coyote disappeared into the woods.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Gorgeous evening in Grand Marais

I am sure some of you who have followed my blog are disappointed in my lack of posts.  This past week I have been having modem problems.  Before that -- just a busy summer.  Thanks to Doug and Susan Moore, who visited this past weekend, I was able to get out and hike to the end of the breakwall.