Saturday and Sunday

I did end up going for a little drive Saturday, it was too damn hot to stay home. Eli has been having a hard time with the heat, panting and panting, and it seems he’s missing Griz quite a bit, so I thought getting him in the cool car would help a little. We headed out Herman Nestoria Rd, again, thinking I might see some more wildflowers. I did see some flowers, but the deer and horse flies were horrendous, so I couldn’t get out to take any photos. After coming out to the highway I turned toward home, but saw a two-track to the left and took it. After driving for a little bit, and after passing a nice large pond, I came across another old concrete bridge. The bridge crosses the Tioga River. When I first saw the bridge I couldn’t get out due to the flies again, but once on the bridge they let up a little, so I hopped out with enough time to take a couple photos of the river. We continued on down the road, but it ended shortly due to a large pond/swamp that had swallowed up the trail. Turned around and headed for home.
I want to go back to this area once the bugs have died off.
Sunday I didn’t due much of anything, with the exception of some work on a step leading up the front deck. This one step has bugged the shit out of me because one of the boards is raised higher than the board next to it, and could be a trip hazard. Well, I started out just looking at it to see what was wrong with it, big mistake, now I had to fix it. Hard to explain how fucked up it was, but I got it done and it’s now in a proper placement.
Later in the day I got some pretty cool photos of a White-spotted Sawyer Beetle that was crawling on the deck.

First sight of the concrete bridge

On the bridge

Tioga River

Tioga River

White-spotted Sawyer Beetle

White-spotted Sawyer Beetle

White-spotted Sawyer Beetle

The Weekend

It’s the weekend again, so what am I doing? Probably not much of anything. The heat this year has really sucked and to add to that, we haven’t had any rain…all summer. I have a lot of things I’d like to get done around the house, inside and out, but with this heat, I just can’t do it. Driving around isn’t even all that fun, on the back roads anyway, due to all the roads being so dry and dusty.
I don’t know, guess I’ve lost my train of thought…

Noon update – I accomplished something, I mowed the lawn around the front of the house where I’ve been watering. The rest is bone dry and only has, well, nothing growing.

Television Part Two

My new TV was delivered yesterday, and I have to say I’m quite impressed with it. The picture quality is much better than the Vizio ever was, and setup was a breeze. I linked my older Roku remote to the TV instead of the remote that came with it, they are mostly the same, I just like the older one due to it having a bit more weight to it, so it feels better to me.
Anyway, I guess that’s about it for now, just saying it’s nice to have a good image on a TV again.


Well fuck! I just bought a new TV, the Visio that I have has taken a shit. I’ve been battling with it for a few weeks now, and it’s getting worse every day. The upper left corner, about half way across and down, blinks in and out, very dark and back to normal. There is also banding down the right side. So in other words, it’s really hard watching anything. I checked the warranty, but that was only for 1 year, so that was out.
After doing a lot of research, I chose a TCL 55R617 55-inch. The ratings and reviews are very very good on this TV. I ended up getting it from Amazon with a monthly payment, not a credit card, but a deal they have once it a while where you can pay by the month without any interest.

Little Drive

Went for a little drive around yesterday afternoon. Just went out Menge Creek Rd then Clear Creek Rd, and then back around to the house. It was too hot to stay around the house, so that’ why the shortish drive.

Today I didn’t do much at all, just sat out on the deck with Eli. I could have done a number of things around the house, but just not feeling like, hardly ever. I’m really missing Griz and talking to someone.

Rainbow from a couple days ago.

Sturgeon River Gorge from Yesterday

Harebell Wildflower

I so miss how Griz would look up at me when I talked with him.

Four Day Weekend

I took Friday off this week to go along with Thursday, Independence Day. Not sure why I took it off, holiday weekends are busy as fuck. I’m sure I’ll find something to do, just don’t know what yet.

Old US-41 and More

Headed out to start the day on Old US-41 today with Eli, it’s been a few years since I’ve driven it.
The old bridge over Sturgeon River is always a bit strange with it being a narrow two-track at both ends. Beyond the bridge there is a long up hill, then back down in to some pretty deep and muddy holes. The Subie is like a tank going the the mud holes, with mud and water about a quarter way up the doors.
No photos of the mud holes, I was too busy driving. 😬

Once we came back out to the current US-41, I crossed onto King Lake Rd. That turned out to be a dead end at a small camp ground on the lake. During that little drive I crossed the old Soo Line Railroad tracks.

After that, headed back out to the main road then turned on Old Michigan 28. Found a turn that said Vermilac Lake Public Access. This turned out to be a very pretty spot. It’s also the only area we got out and did some walking around. Every other spot I stopped at the deer flies where thick as mud and biting as if they haven’t eaten this year.

Next jaunt I took was back up to the current US-28, turned west on Section 16 Rd and followed that until East Plains Rd, which is part of Baraga Plains Rd. Interesting area. There looks like there use to be a couple old towns along Section 16 Rd, but I not sure. There was and old cemetery.  As I was cruising along, I saw a sign that read Tibbets Falls, so I turned down the two-track. Went all the way until a small parking area. As I sat there thinking about going to the falls, the deer flies started to attack, so no way this time. I’ll go back there this fall now that I know where it is.

From there, headed down Plains Rd which did turn into Baraga Plains Rd, then down Menge Creek to home. About a 4 miles down Menge Creek Rd, which is about 8 miles from home, there were signs of a forest fire, a pretty recent fire. I haven’t heard anything about it, but I’m going to ask around. I then carried on home.

Once home, I sat down to unload the photos I took, then felt something crawling on my leg. Damnit! A fucking tick! I grabbed it and down the toilet it went. Then quickly sprayed Eli down real good with tick stuff, threw my clothes in a hot wash and took a shower to look for any more. None. That’s the first tick of the season. I hate the little fuckers!

Old US-41

Old US-41

Old US-41

Old US-41

Abandoned Soo Line Railroad

Birds-foot Trefoil

Wild Geranium

Malva moschata / Musk Mallow