Went out yesterday for a Keweenaw round-trip. I was in need of a Keweenaw fix. Knowing there were strong winds out of the south, I thought the shore along the east/south east side of the peninsula would be giving a nice wave show. The waves were coming in strong, but with the water levels being so high I couldn’t get down to the shore line, there was no shore. So I headed up to Copper Harbor to take the western shore back down. While passing the entrance to Brockway Mountain I noticed quite a few tracks in the snow on the road, so I turned to head up. Going up the first steep grade I saw quite a few tracks where people had gotten stuck in the snow (the road isn’t plowed in winter), but I went for it, and had no problems at all. There were a couple 3 foot drifts at a couple of the high points, but the Subie plowed right through. This was a wonderful surprise to find the road was “open” and drivable, that is if you have a good 4-wheeldrive. Didn’t stay up there long, just long enough to get a few photos, as the winds were really blowing up there. I came back down the same way so I could drive the full shoreline, though on the way down I needed to put the Subie in 1st gear on many of the downward hills to keep good traction.
Afterward headed down the shoreline, stopped a couple time for photos, and on home.
Looking Down to Copper Harbor
View From Brockway Mountain
Brockway Mountain Drive
After having over a week off, today is back to work day. I still have two weeks worth of time off to kill before the end of year.
Anyway, yesterday I headed up into the Keweenaw, mainly to check out the waves. The Keweenaw had a lake shore flooding warning and a high wind warning, so I thought it would be a good day to get some photos of the waves, well that was a bust. The winds were a little too southerly, and so there really wasn’t any big waves crashing. I did get a few shots in of waves, but haven’t gone through them yet to see if they are any good.
I did go up on Brockway Mountain to check out the Autumn colors though. I would say by the end of this week the colors will be at peak up there. Man was it busy on Brockway, even for it being Sunday. Along the way I also stopped at Ten Foot Falls along the Eagle River. These falls are an easy stop right along the road. Normally there can be a nice color, with reflections in the water, looking up stream, but a large pine tree has fallen across the river blocking the view.
I have quite a few photos to go through from the past few days, so I guess I’ll filter them in in other postings.
Ten Foot Falls – Eagle River
Brockway Mountain View
Not knowing where I wanted to go today, I headed for the Keweenaw. At first I was thinking of heading south/southwest, but thought I would wait for the Autumn color to kick in. We, Eli and I, sat on the shore of Lake Superior for a good hour just watching the waves and enjoying the late summer sun.
Lake Superior Shore
Big Betsy River
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
I had to get out of the house today, I was getting antsy. So, I took a little drive where I’ve gone many times, but I enjoy the drive, it’s pretty. I headed out Arvon Rd to Indian Rd then Herman Rd. Went out through Herman knowing that it only get plowed so far, well, I was wrong, it was plowed further then I’ve seen it. The road with all the way to US41 near Nestoria. I turned around anyway, I just like the drive. After enjoying a nice slow drive through the woods and snow, I went to get a couple photos of Keweenaw Bay, then home. I was only gone a couple hours, but it was nice to get out on this cold day. The whole trip the temp never got over -10°F with passing snow showers and sunshine.
Yesterday a friend was in the area again and was going to head up into the Keweenaw, so he stopped by and we headed out for the day. Being winter, about the only areas you can get to are on the main roads so we headed up the east side and back down the west side. Along the way we stopped at The Gay Bar in Gay, MI, this was the first time I’ve ever been in there and it’s quite nice. We just had a quick drive and headed on. We stopped at the usual spots, Copper Harbor Lighthouse, along the western Lake Superior shore and Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.
Copper Harbor Lighthouse
Really crappy shitty weather today. We had about 2 inches of snow this morning, but now the temp is up to 37°F with light rain. I went grocery shopping in L’Anse early this morning, so now I’m just basically doing nothing.
Anyway, here’s another photo of the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse from yesterday. Using my largest lens, a 150-500mm, and switching my camera from Full Frame to APSC format, 1.5x making it a 750mm, I was able to get a much closer shot.
I took a bunch of shots trying to time the lantern as it was lit in my direction, counting as I was timing it.
Update – I worked up another photo of the shore very similar to one I posted yesterday. I just really enjoy the way they look.
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
Esrey Park – Keweenaw Peninsula