Keweenaw Drive

Headed out early this morning for a drive around the Keweenaw. As I got closer to Houghton it became quite foggy, and the fog didn’t let up fully until I reached Lac La Belle. Along the way I saw a two-track that looked interesting, it went along side Thayer Lake, but right after a bridge crossing a river there was a sign that read “Road Closed”. Bummer! So I carried on toward Gay and up the coast. I stopped at one of the roadside places to get some photos of the fog along the shore and to let Eli out for a bit. Eli really enjoyed walking and exploring the shore on his own. I also went out toward Smith Fisheries Road to get some Lupine seeds. Then up to Copper Harbor and did a quick loop through town and then up to Brockway Mountain. I can back down the same way as up because I wanted to drive along the west shore of the Keweenaw, I just love it through there. I stopped at a spot close to the shore and we got out for a walk about on the rocks. At this same spot there was a bench, I sat there for about 45 minutes just enjoying the bug free cool breeze on the shore of Lake Superior. After that, drove on home.

I’m posting this privately to keep record for myself. I guess all my posts will be this way from here on. I feel really sad.

Brunette Park – Eastern Keweenaw with a bit of fog.

View From Brockway Mountain

Spot Where The Bench Was

Thayer Lake

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

Drive About

Went out for a drive yesterday, just couldn’t be around the house. I headed out Arvon Rd to start, and as things go, I made a few turns here and there, a dead end, and I was a little lost. Along the way as I was going only about 5 MPH looking for wildflowers, I heard water, rushing water. I pulled over for a look and could tell a river was only about 50 feet into the woods, so I grabbed my camera and went in. What a beautiful spot, with lots of large boulders and a good sized river (later on I looked and think it was the Slate River, only way up stream from where I’ve been before).
After driving a ways heading back home, but not really knowing where I was, I came to a garden nursery that I’ve seen many times, but oddly enough, only in the winter. This place is out in the middle of nowhere, but they were quite busy and looked like they had some nice plants and flowers. Too bad I didn’t have the money for anything otherwise I would have stopped. Knowing where I was now, I headed home.

River I found, Slate River I think

River I found, Slate River I think

One of the roads I was on. Saved by beaver

Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal

Common Blue Violet

Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal

Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal

Waterfalls, Wildflower and a Bird

I didn’t get around to posting this from last Sunday until now. I went out to see if I could get to Upper Letherby Falls, as the road can be very very muddy, and deep thick mud at that, this time of year. Well, yes there was mud, but not as bad as last year and the Subie plowed right through it. There was even some snow left out there once the elevation got up a ways. Anyway, on the drive to the falls I was driving along quite slow with my windows down and sunroof open, and as I came close to a creek I’ve seen many times I heard water falling, or rapids or something, I wasn’t sure, so I stopped. I went into the woods just 25 feet or so and there it was, another waterfall I never seen. Went back and go my camera stuff and went back in to the falls. Was a really pretty falls with a small pool at the bottom. After getting home I found the falls is named Pea Can Falls. Why I did have it on my GPS I have no idea, but it there now.
After enjoying the falls I headed up the road just a little ways further to park and go down to Upper Letherby Falls. I only got a video of the falls because all my photos didn’t turn out due to too much sun, but it was still nice to be there.
On my way back home I stopped a few times for some wildflowers, they are just starting to come out.
Then once home, a Baltimore Oriole surprised me at some oranges I had put out, but I caught him in a tree.
I don’t know, I’ve lost my thoughts, so I guess this post will end now. Just wish I had someone to talk to about things, just things, then I would remember.

Pea Can Falls

Bloodroot

Baltimore Oriole

Ogemaw Falls

I was hoping to get out a little today, although the weather forecast wasn’t all that great, so I went out early before any rain that might come. I headed out to see Ogemaw Falls on Ogemaw Creek, another falls I’ve been wanting to check out for some time, but just haven’t. Drove out US-41 and turned just before just before Alberta on Baraga Plains Rd. Two mile or so down the road is a small sign stating “Ogenaw Falls”, so I parked along the road and followed a small trail back to the falls. I was surprised how easy and short of a trail it was, so that was nice. Arriving at the falls another surprise, it’s beautiful falls, not large, but not real small either and down below the falls was a nice slide. Following the trail a few feet more I found where you can cross the river for a much better view of the falls. Had to hop across on a couple of rocks to get to the other side, but pretty easy going. Spent quite a bit of time just enjoying the falls and taking photos, but thought I better get going as the clouds were starting to darken. On the way back crossing the the river I slipped a bit and one foot went in up to just short of my knee, but hey, I found out my hiking boot don’t leak. lol Took a few more photos at a spot I saw on the way down then headed back to the car. Baraga Plains Rd goes a long way, but along the way is where Menge Creek Rd starts/ends, so that’s the way I went home. Oh, and it started to rain shortly after I got into the car, so good timing.
Anyway, got home in the rain, took a shortish nap and by then the rain had stopped and the sun came out. Spent the rest of the day sitting on the deck with the boys taking photos of birds.

Ogemaw Falls

The Main Fall of Ogemaw Falls

Ogemaw Falls Slide

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Purple Finch – Male

White-striped White-throated Sparrow

Finch Fight

Finch Fight

Peanut Butter and O-Kun-De-Kun Falls

Nice hike today out to O-Kun-De-Kun and Peanut Butter Falls. I’ve been wanting to see these for quite some time, so today was the day. O-Kun-De-Kun is a very pretty 20 foot falls and Peanut Butter (named so due to the color of the water) is another very pretty 8 foot falls. Both falls are on the Baltimore River in Ontonagon County. The 2.5 mile round trip hike is quite nice, though there is quite a bit of good ol’ slippery mucky mud this time of year. My legs are going to feel it tomorrow I’m afraid, as I seem to be out of shape from the winter.

Peanut Butter Falls

Peanut Butter Falls

O-Kun-De-Kun Falls

O-Kun-De-Kun Falls

Big Erick’s Falls – Huron River

After quite a rainy morning I thought I was take a chance and go out to Big Erick’s Falls on the Huron River. It was well worth it. The weather turned out really nice, at least out there away from Lake Superior. When I first got to the river it didn’t look all that great due to almost too much water rushing, so I drove on for a ways. There’s a wee bit of mud on the trails this time of year and the Subie did great going through it. After a few miles I turned around and went back to the river and decided hike back in along the river. When I first setup my camera, there was a really cool fog that would roll through just above the river. After a while the fog lifted and the sun came out and got really warm, the car said 60°F when I got back to it.
It was good to get out again, I feel better for it.

Black & White

Went out today to my favorite spot at the bend where the Grand Staircase Falls on the Slate River turns. I shot entirely with in-camera black & white. I’ve been wanting to work on my BW photos for quite some time, so I thought this would be a good way to get a jump on it. After being there for quite a while enjoying it, I took off to see what roads might be open/plowed. I mostly ran into dead ends, but it was still nice being out in the woods a bit. At the end of one of the roads was a driveway to a hunting camp with a sign that read “Camp Left Nut”, I thought it was pretty funny so I took a photo of it. After that I headed home but first a car wash.