Meet Frank, Frank the Fox Squirrel. This Fox Squirrel has been coming by for a few weeks now, but this is the first time I’ve gotten a photo of him. It’s nice to have another type of squirrel around here besides the damn Red Squirrels.
In other news… This past Wednesday was my boss’ last day at work. We’ve known each other for many years, worked together for many years and at two different places of work. We’ve gone through quite a bit together, work wise and personal. He will be missed.
A long awaited, as in years, update to our employee handbook has been published and becomes effective January 1st. The following is from the handbook about Teleworking, which involves me big time. The yellow text makes me feel a little better about my position. “Teleworking, or telecommuting, is the concept of working from home or another location on a full- or part-time basis. Teleworking is not a formal, universal employee benefit. Rather, it is an alternative method of meeting the needs of the organization. LTBB has the right to mandate or refuse teleworking requests. LTBB’s policies for teleworking are as follows: 1. Compensation and Work Hours: The employee’s compensation, benefits, work status and work responsibilities will not change due to participation in the teleworking program. The amount of time the employee is expected to work per day or pay period will not change as a result of participation in the teleworking program. 2. Eligibility: Successful teleworkers have the support of their supervisors. Employees will be selected based on the suitability of their jobs, an evaluation of the likelihood of their being successful teleworkers, and an evaluation of their supervisor’s ability to manage remote workers.Each department will make its own selections. 3. All teleworkers must sign a work agreement.”
Also, this past week I’ve had a couple conversations, work related and just general talk, with my new boss, though he is only interim I believe he will have some pull. He seems like quite a nice guy and we seem to get long quite well. So that’s good. This also makes me feel a little better about my job.
Yesterday I was going to stay home and try to get a couple things done, but it was way too nice out so I headed out to Point Abbaye. It was a nice sunny day with little to no wind, so I thought it was be a good day to fly the drone around the point. I really miss being able to hike around, but with the way my hip is, all I can do is stand in one place.
Last Sunday we had our first proper snowfall. Drove out to Big Erick’s Bridge, it was snowing pretty good while I was there. I had plans to fly the drone around, but no dice in the heavy snow, so I took a couple photos from the bridge. I then drove out to the Slate River on Arvon Rd hoping to fly the drone there. The snow was falling much lighter there so I did fly it for a bit. It was quite tricky flying with all the low hanging branches, took me three attempts to make it without the drone’s object detection stopping the drone. The object detection can be turned off, but I’m not confident enough to fly without it. I don’t want to crash and wreck my drone, even if I do have insurance on it.
This past week was my first full week of work, without taking some days off, in over two months. The full week didn’t really feel much different, as most my days off I end up working some anyway.
This weekend I not doing much at all. Yesterday was super windy, though it did turn out quite nice with temps in the low 50s. Today, well, it’s a snowy one. Forecast is for up to 6 inches of snow and lots of wind. What snow that does fall today will melt away during the week, we should be getting some nice warm days ahead with temps up into the 60s.
Took another drive in the Keweenaw yesterday. The colors are pretty much at, or even a little past, peak. I stopped along cliff ridge. I was hoping to fly the drone out at Hunter’s Point Park in Copper Harbor, but it was way too busy, so I headed up Brockway Mountain and took some photos there.
What a weekend, from Autumn colors to strong storms and power outages.
Friday I headed into the Keweenaw to check the colors out. In most areas there, they are at just about peak color. I drove straight up to Copper Harbor then down along the coast. Didn’t go up to Brockway Mountain due to way to busy with tourons. I took a few nice photos, and a video I quite like. Then headed home.
That evening, Friday, some thunder storms came rolling through… Yikes! These storms were the strongest I’ve ever seen in person. Also, most the area lost power, mine was out until Sunday morning. I lost two large trees out by the road, but that’s quite minor compared to what happened in L’Anse… They got hammered on.
Saturday I thought I might as well go out and about, no power at the house. Well, as I drove out and down my road that’s where the mess started… downed trees everywhere. I counted nine trees in just under a mile on my road and two snapped power poles. Once I got into L’Anse, holyshit! Must have been hundreds of trees either up-rooted or snapped in half, and they were everywhere, along with downed power lines. I continued on up to Big Erick’s bridge and then out Black Creek Rd and drove around on some two-tracks for a while. Then came home to a still powerless house.
Today, Sunday, I got woke up to a bright light in my eyes, it was the ceiling light. I have power again. Just before sunrise, I drove out my road to see what had been done, not much. The trees are still across the road, but there was two power service trucks parked. A little later I made a quick run to the hardware store, the trees are still down and the trucks are still there, but no-one working yet. There has been one of the snapped power pole replaced, but lines are still hanging very low.
Also this weekend, a couple of “friends” came to L’Anse to see the colors and stuff. They said they’d be getting a hold of me, yeah right. They called once where to go in the keweenaw and they would be getting a hold of me later. Nope. It’s is now 12:30 Sunday Afternoon and not a word. Fuck Them.
I have quite a few photos, some I’m photos now, others I still need to process them and then post later.
The Autumn colors are really kicking in. Some areas are just about at peak, while others are mostly green still.
Friday I drove up Huron Bay-Peshekee Rd knowing the colors would be popping there. I made my first stop for a couple photos and Shit! I forgot a SD card for my camera, that really sucked, and I wasn’t about to drive all the way back home to get one. I did have my drone and my cellphone, but I hate using a cellphone for proper photos, so I mostly just used the drone. I stopped at Haypress Falls to fly down into the area to see the falls, as it is, it’s quite difficult to see these falls without some major bushwhacking. I was pretty nervous while flying. Lots of trees, rocks and I had to fly downward, so it was a little scary.
After Haypress, I continued north, flew the drone a couple more times for photos and then home. It was a full day.
Sunday I headed down Sidnaw and drove up to the Sturgeon River. I could fly the drone how I wanted due to heavy winds, but I still got some good stuff.
After Sturgeon River, I drove back south and over to Kenton and north on Forest Service Road 16, and then up to Pike Lake Road. Took some photos at Pike Lake, few the drone and headed toward home via Houghton. I was going to stop and get something to eat in Houghton, but every place I went by was packed, even the fast food joints had very long lines, so I just drove home.
Peshekee River from the top of Haypress Falls
Autumn Painted Forest
Sturgeon River Area
Autumn Colored Road
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. - Helen Keller
About Me - Ed Nephler
I live on Menge Creek, L'Anse, Michigan USA
Waiting for my last love to give me a sign.
I will wait the rest of my life. Truth.
It's sad when two hearts that ought to be together, aren't together.