Housing and Outing

Went out again today to look at a couple more houses that I had appointments to see, but no dice, again. Everyone I’ve talked with isn’t willing to work a land contract and I can’t get a fucking loan. I need a year or so to get my credit back up and in order. There’s no fucking rentals around due to people displaced from the flooding and many students are staying here because they are afraid they wont be let back in the country due to the Asshole in Chief, the person that stays part-time in the White House.

So after striking out again on housing, I went for a drive out past Copper Harbor to Horseshoe Harbor and went for a little hike and took some photos. I then went down the road further and made a loop back to Copper Harbor, along the shore and back home. Damn, the tourons are out in force today, driving fucking 40mph in 55mph zones, and they fucking wont pull over to let people pass.

Anyway, a bit about the rocks around Horseshoe Harbor…
The rocks at Horseshoe Harbor are 20-30, some areas closer to 40, feet high.
This is some of the oldest exposed bedrock on Earth.
These are the structures formed through sequences of volcanic activity separated by weathering and erosion. Initially, about a billion years ago, lava poured onto the Earth’s surface from openings created by a Mid-continent rift. The lava filled the valley created by the rift, and cooled rather quickly forming the basalt and rhyolite found here. During a time of little or no volcanic activity, weathering and erosion from the edge of the volcanic rift along with ancient mountains led to deposition of sediments in the rift valley. These two processes alternated over time. The immense weight caused the entire area to sink, and become cemented together. Finally, a collision of continental plates caused the entire rock formation to be tilted and revealed the structures that you see here today at Horseshoe Harbor. They are formed mainly of igneous rock, with a high percentage of densely formed basalt and rhyolite. Cementing the conglomerate structure is a small percentage of sedimentary rock such as shale and sandstone which are generally not as strong and durable as igneous formations.

Horseshoe Harbor

Horseshoe Harbor

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Horseshoe Harbor Conglomerate Ridge

Piece of Stromatolite from the Precambrian era and are the earliest known fossils on Earth. Stromatolite can be found throughout the Horseshoe Harbor area.

Pond Along Mandan Rd

Keweenaw Shore

A Day at Point Abbaye

Been cooped up in the house too much of late, so I headed out Sunday to Point Abbaye.

On the way out to Point Abbaye

Lava. The rock formations on Point Abbaye, and throughout the Keweenaw, are some of the oldest surface rock on earth, over 1 billion years old. Here you can see the flow pattern, ripples, of the lava that flowed over a billion years ago.

With the low December sun and the clouds moving in, the colors were ever changing.

Point Abbaye, looking west toward the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Hank enjoying some time out on Point Abbaye with the Huron Mountains in the distance.

Great Time In The Keweenaw

We just spent a week, 09.19.15-09.26.15, in the Keweenaw area of Michigan. We stayed in Houghton with hopes to make it south to the Black River Scenic Byway, that didn’t happen, though we did make it to Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains.

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Silver Creek. A very nice scenic creek just south of Copper Harbor.

Montreal Falls

Montreal Falls

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Lake Superior Shore looking south from Montreal Falls.

Quincy Mine Ruins

Quincy Mine Ruins

Lake Of The Clouds. The Autumn colors were just starting, so mostly green.

Lake Of The Clouds. The Autumn colors were just starting, so mostly green.

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Copper Harbor, Michigan.

Eagle River. I've explored this river many many times. It is always beautiful.

Eagle River. I’ve explored this river many many times. It is always beautiful.

Atop the cliffs along Cliff Drive.

Atop the cliffs along Cliff Drive.

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Fish Cove