Happy Thanksgiving

My Thanksgiving will be mostly work, work to clean the driveway, and work under the Subie. Yesterday during the storm I drove out to see what was happening on US-41 as it rounds Keweenaw Bay. During this drive I came across a smallish tree down and across my road, this tree had also brought down the power lines and snapped a power pole in half. Anyway, I saw a couple tracks crossing the tree, so, so did I, and without any problem. I went to the end of my road, parked and went to the shore for some photos of Lake Superior washing up rocks across the road. I went back to my car and made a call to report the downed tree and power pole, and within just a few minutes the fire department were coming down the road. I turned around and followed them to the point of where the tree was, talked to them for a few, then the power company showed up. I needed to get out of their way so I crossed over the tree again, well this time I heard something and bam I heard a loud sound somewhere under the Subie and it’s now making a loud sound from the exhaust system, somewhere. I checked it quickly when I got home, but things felt tight, so today I need to drive it up on the ramps and find the issue.
Before I can get to that work, I need to finish clearing the driveway. I started it late yesterday, but couldn’t finish it due to excruciating pain in my leg, and I mean fucking excruciating pain.
Now to back track a bit in time to yesterday’s snowstorm. It was quite a good storm, but with it being so warm, the snow is very wet and heavy. I lost power a little before sunrise, called it in and waited. Once it was light enough outside, I noticed lights through the trees at my closest neighbor’s house, then I saw my power line was sagging and almost touching the ground. I went out to check things out. I walked behind the quonset and saw the problem, a huge tree had fallen and brought the line down. I called again to report what I found, and the crew were right over. After about 2 hours of them working, I had power again. Ah, but only about 10 minutes after the power crew left, boom, there went the power again. I checked things out again, but didn’t see anything here. I didn’t know where the issue was until hours later when I drive out to check the waves and US-41.
In the mean time, I called Spectrum to let them know their line was still hanging and almost touching the ground. They told me they can’t come out during the storm, bullshit. Oddly enough though, I still have cable and internet. They said they would be here Friday afternoon to look at it. Their line is fucked, it’s hanging behind the quonset and hanging low from the quonset to the house, if fact, I have to duck under it when walking back to the quonset.
So anyway, the storm brought 10 inches of snow here, and there are reports of around 2 feet in other areas with some people still without power. I guess I was lucky being without power for only about 8 hours.

So with that all being said… Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Rocks being washed over US-41

Power line down across the road

My lines

Snowy Pines in my yard

Short Drive

I couldn’t do it, I just couldn’t stay at the house today, so I grabbed Eli and we went for a quick drive. Seeing I didn’t have much snow here at the house, I headed up Menge Creek Rd past my driveway where they stop plowing during winter. Well, much to my surprise, there is much more snow out and up that way, much more. I started to wonder if I would make it up the steep hills with the snow ruts and ice. Ha, I didn’t even spin a tire. I was dragging bottom in a few areas where the snow ruts were deep and the middle was still deep, but all went well. It was like driving a slot car because the snow ruts were so deep and rock hard from the thawing and freezing again.
I then just went along Plains Rd, not to be confused with Baraga Plains Rd, to M-28 and on home.

Menge Creek Rd

Menge Creek Rd

Sturgeon River from Plains Rd

Slate River and Snow

Woke up this morning to find about 3 inches of fresh snow had fallen over night. The snow is mostly gone now with the sun shining and temps up in the upper 30s.
Once it got bright enough this morning I grabbed Eli and we headed off to the Slate River in hopes of more snow to go along with the waterfalls. Well, there wasn’t any more snow out at the river than there was at home, but it was still nice. We weren’t out there few long because the sun started to break through the clouds and that’s no good for photos of waterfalls and snow, so we headed back home, though we were still out there a couple hours.
Once we were home I heated up some left-over pizza for my birthday dinner, yes it was early but I was hungry.

Oh, and today I join the 60 years old club. Fucking hooray.

Slate River

Slate River

Return To The River

Yesterday I went out not really knowing where to go, so I headed back out to where I was last week on the West Branch Huron River to explore a little more. Instead of stopping where I did last week, I took a right on a two-track that ran along the river. Driving real slow with my windows down, I was listening for the rush of water, either falls or rapids. I stopped not too far up the two-track and walked down to the river after hearing the roar of the river. It was a short walk down to a very beautiful location with a few short falls. I wandered up and down the river for a few taking many stops for either photos or to rest my leg.
Afterward I just carried on the trail, took another right where I had to ford the river, but had to turn back after a bit due to logging blocking the trail, although there was a Y that I had turned left on so I took that route that lead back to almost where I began. From it was homeward.

West Branch Huron River

West Branch Huron River

The Hunt Was On

Friday I took the day off with the sole purpose to find a location on a river that I always thought was beautiful. After looking at a map, I figured the location had to be on the West Branch Huron River, so I headed out on Black Creek Rd as it runs the closest to the river. I made the turn down where you cross the river to go to Big Falls, but realized this wasn’t right, so I continued on. After a little while there was a turn to the left heading to cross the river again, so I took it and stopped where the river was. Sure enough, this was the spot! I had forgotten about one of the sides of the road you can walk for a long ways along the river and there is also a waterfall near the bridge, Erick’s Falls. Something else on that side, there’s a doorway (to something, for something, I don’t know) between two trees, I knew it right away as I could feel it. I hiked a little ways down the river, but my leg was really starting to hurt so I headed back to go up the other side. On this side there are large Hemlock trees that keep the forest floor open and clear, it’s really pretty. The area of the river I was looking for was just up stream a tad, so I went there and sat a while.
I just wish….
I would like to explore more up stream from this location some day.
After leaving I just drove on a ways making my way in a large loop and headed home.

West Branch Huron River Horseshoe Bend

Erick’s Falls – West Branch Huron River

West Branch Huron River

Robarge Creek

Bridge Over Robarge Creek

Nice Drive

Went for a nice drive to see what Autumn colors were still around. Looks like most areas are at peak, if not past peak. It sure is pretty out though with all the leaves bright yellow, orange and red. Nature’s last hurrah of color before the dark gray colorless season of Winter arrives. Speaking of Winter, we’ve had a little snow, nothing sticking to the ground yet, just falling.

Bear Den Overlook – Sturgeon River Gorge

Bear Den Overlook – Sturgeon River Gorge

Forest Service Road 2200

Out Color and Waterfall Trippin’

Yesterday I went out for what turned out to be a long drive, over 8 hours of mostly two-tracks. I headed out Arvon road again, but this time I took a couple left turns to an area I saw on Google Earth that looked like some nice rapids along the Slate River. Along the way I noticed a waterfall on my GPS that I had never been to, so at the location I stuck my head out the window while driving very slow, and sure enough there was the sound of rushing water. I didn’t see anyplace where others had parked to see the falls, so I just pulled off as best I could. Knowing the river was only abut 200 feet from the road, I figured I’d be able to walk in to see the falls without much problem with my legs. Victory Falls, they are a nice falls, not a large drop to them, but on a wide part of Slate River. After spending a little time at the falls, I (we, Eli and I) drove onward. After driving a ways, a marker on my GPS that said “rapids and falls” came into view, I must have mark this a long time ago. So, I went to that spot, and sure enough I remembered being there a few years ago and marked it to come back again. At this place to, I was able to park pretty close so the walk in wasn’t far. I didn’t end up exploring the river (still the Slate River) quite a bit, and it put my legs through some pain, but it was worth it, it’s a beautiful area. Onward we went. I followed the road we were on, but little did I know it lead to Peshekee Grade Road. I figured what the hell, let’s continue on down. Peshekee Grade Road is a pretty drive even if the road gets really rough near the end where there is pavement, really old frost heaved pavement. Ha, to my surprise, about half of the old pavement had been redone with new blacktop. Well, after arriving in Michigamme it was time to head back home. All in all, it was a good day.

Victory Falls – Slate River

Slate River – The spot marked “rapids and falls”

Peshekee River

Peshekee Grade Road View

One Year

One year ago today I moved into this place. I’m still not completely unpacked, in fact, it’s more of a mess now. I just can’t seem to get things in order, I start, then I say to myself “fuck it”. Lots of issues in my head. I have my good days and bad days, but it seem there are more bad than good.

Late yesterday after the rain stopped, I went for a little drive to check out the color up the road a bit, not much has changed. I had quite a scare though. On the drive home the Subie was making loud thunking noises, mostly while coasting, which seemed odd to me. It was getting too dark to check this out once home, so I waited until today. After searching online, just about everything pointed to CV joints. This had me worried as fuck. So this morning I got everything ready to lift the Subie and check things out, but first I thought, what if it’s only loose lug nuts? Sure enough, I went to the wheel that was making the noise and the lug nuts were loose. Yay! I quickly went for a short drive up the road and back, and noise is gone. Big relief!

Update:

I had a pretty productive day, and a pretty good day at that. After the Subie relief, I thought of going out for a drive, then started thinking I should get a couple things done around the house instead. First thing that needed doing was burning a bunch of boxes that were starting to collect. That went fast. Then I remembered that I really should change the oil in the snowblower, it hasn’t been done since it was new 9 years ago I think. I pulled the snowblower out, put some gas in it, and it started first pull after sitting all summer. I ran it for just a couple minutes to warm up the oil and help it drain. Filled it up with new oil, ran it a bit more and put it away ready for the snow that’s soon to come. After getting those couple more things done it was about 2:00 PM, so what to do now…go for a ride. With the darkish cloudy skies and after the rain yesterday, I thought the Autumn colors should be nice, I wasn’t disappointed. After going to a couple areas I saw on the map and I thought would be nice, they weren’t very good due to mostly pine trees, I ended up east of here, so I thought I’d take Nestoria Herman Rd southeast to northwest direction. Just a little ways on the trail I saw some animal tracks in the road, and they looked big. I stopped to take a look at the tracks, wow, they were of one big ass moose, I mean really big. I’ve seen many moose and many tracks while living in Alaska, but I don’t think I have ever seen tracks this huge. The tracks went on for over a good mile on the road, but I never saw the moose. After that I just drove on taking photos of the Autumn colors and on home.

I have many more photos to post, but here are a couple.

Big ass moose track

Nestoria Herman Rd