Warm Spring Hike Along The Slate River

Was a nice day for a hike in one of my favorite areas, the Slate River near Quartzite Falls and a number of other falls up stream, including one of my favorite spots of all, Grand Staircase Falls.
I drove up Arvon Rd. to All Wood Rd, crossed the bridge and parked. I started off checking out Quartzite Falls, but it was still mostly frozen over still, so I hiked back up to the road and started heading up stream, this was my original plan anyway.
I followed a deer path knowing it would be packed down. Every time I happen to step off that path, I sank in the snow past my knee. Then as I rounded a bend in the river, there it was, my spot, Grand Staircase Falls. Took off my gear, took some photos and just relaxed.

Grand Staircase Falls – Slate River

Quartzite Falls is still mostly frozen over

Along the Slate River

My Hiking Path along the Slate River

Roads can be muddy this time of year

Winter Storm

It’s Friday and southern, tip of the mitt, of Michigan should start getting a pretty good snow storm this afternoon, and lasting into Monday with close to two (2) feet of snow. The weather is nowhere near as bad up here in the Keweenaw, as we’re not really getting the snow until Sunday, and then only 6-8 inches. I hope we don’t get any, which is possible, as the system keeps nudging southward.
With that being said, I’m thinking of a little trip around the Keweenaw Peninsula tomorrow, check out the shorelines and such. Sounds like it might be pretty windy Saturday with East winds up to 40 MPH, but that’s an off-shore wind for most the drive.
Anyway, sounds like an idea for the day, we’ll see, and better than just sitting around the house.

Young Buck

This little guy came up pretty close to my front door yesterday. He was eating some of the old rose hips on the bushes along the entry walk. I’ve been seeing him alone lately, so I wonder if he lost his mother.

Mr. Wolfie

He’s back! I haven’t seen our local wolf since last fall, but just as I was passing by the picture window I saw the dirty dozen (the deer that live on the property) running off towards the back. I looked out the window thinking something just have either spooked them or was chasing them, and sure enough, there he was, Mr’ Wolfie. He gave up on the deer, stood out in the apples trees for a couple minutes, then walked off into the pines. When there isn’t snow on the ground, I keep a trail cam back in a small open area next to the pines, and that’s where I see him most.
We believe he is a coywolf, a cross breed of wolf and coyote.

Here is a video of Mr. Wolfie from last summer.

Barred Owl

Just had a new visitor stop by, a Barred Owl. He/she landed in the closest apple tree right by my bird feeders. I had to keep making lots of noise so he would look in my direction.
Funny, all the deer heard my voice and came running. Also, the Chickadees didn’t seem to mind there was an owl in one of their trees.

Barred Owl

Barred Owl