Return To The River

Yesterday I went out not really knowing where to go, so I headed back out to where I was last week on the West Branch Huron River to explore a little more. Instead of stopping where I did last week, I took a right on a two-track that ran along the river. Driving real slow with my windows down, I was listening for the rush of water, either falls or rapids. I stopped not too far up the two-track and walked down to the river after hearing the roar of the river. It was a short walk down to a very beautiful location with a few short falls. I wandered up and down the river for a few taking many stops for either photos or to rest my leg.
Afterward I just carried on the trail, took another right where I had to ford the river, but had to turn back after a bit due to logging blocking the trail, although there was a Y that I had turned left on so I took that route that lead back to almost where I began. From it was homeward.

West Branch Huron River

West Branch Huron River

They Don’t Know…

They tell you not to cry.

They tell you that it’s just a dog, not a human being.

They tell you that the pain will be over.

They tell you that the animals don’t know that they have to die.

They tell you that it’s important not to let him suffer.

They tell you that you can have another one.

They tell you it’s going to happen to you.

They tell you that there is more pain.

But they don’t know how many times you’ve looked into your dog’s eyes.

They don’t know how many times you and your dog have looked into darkness alone.

They don’t know how many times your dog was the only one who was by your side.

They don’t know how much fear you have at night when you wake up with your grief.

They don’t know how many times your dog slept near you.

They don’t know how much you’ve changed since the dog has become a part of your life.

They don’t know how many times you hugged him when he was sick.

They don’t know how many times you’ve acted like you didn’t see her hair getting whiter.

They don’t know how many times you’ve talked to your dog, the only one who really hears.

They don’t know that it was just your dog who knew you were in pain.

They don’t know what it feels like to see your old dog trying to say hello.

They don’t know that if things went wrong, the only one who didn’t go is your dog.

They don’t know that your dog trusts you every moment of his life, even in the last.

They don’t know how much your dog loved you and how it is enough for him to be happy, because you loved him.

They don’t know that crying for a dog is one of the most noble, significant, true, clean and warmest things you can do.

They don’t know when the last time you moved him with trouble… made sure it didn’t hurt him.

They don’t know what it felt like to pet their face in the last moments of their life….

In Memory of all those who went over the rainbow bridge. You all have a place forever in our hearts 💕

Photo Travis Patenaude.
– author Emanuele Spud Grandi

I so miss how Griz would look up at me when I talked with him.

Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR)

Was quite a nice day for the rally. These were all taken out in front of my house on Menge Creek Rd.

Back To Work

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

 

One Year

One year ago today I moved into this place. I’m still not completely unpacked, in fact, it’s more of a mess now. I just can’t seem to get things in order, I start, then I say to myself “fuck it”. Lots of issues in my head. I have my good days and bad days, but it seem there are more bad than good.

Late yesterday after the rain stopped, I went for a little drive to check out the color up the road a bit, not much has changed. I had quite a scare though. On the drive home the Subie was making loud thunking noises, mostly while coasting, which seemed odd to me. It was getting too dark to check this out once home, so I waited until today. After searching online, just about everything pointed to CV joints. This had me worried as fuck. So this morning I got everything ready to lift the Subie and check things out, but first I thought, what if it’s only loose lug nuts? Sure enough, I went to the wheel that was making the noise and the lug nuts were loose. Yay! I quickly went for a short drive up the road and back, and noise is gone. Big relief!

Update:

I had a pretty productive day, and a pretty good day at that. After the Subie relief, I thought of going out for a drive, then started thinking I should get a couple things done around the house instead. First thing that needed doing was burning a bunch of boxes that were starting to collect. That went fast. Then I remembered that I really should change the oil in the snowblower, it hasn’t been done since it was new 9 years ago I think. I pulled the snowblower out, put some gas in it, and it started first pull after sitting all summer. I ran it for just a couple minutes to warm up the oil and help it drain. Filled it up with new oil, ran it a bit more and put it away ready for the snow that’s soon to come. After getting those couple more things done it was about 2:00 PM, so what to do now…go for a ride. With the darkish cloudy skies and after the rain yesterday, I thought the Autumn colors should be nice, I wasn’t disappointed. After going to a couple areas I saw on the map and I thought would be nice, they weren’t very good due to mostly pine trees, I ended up east of here, so I thought I’d take Nestoria Herman Rd southeast to northwest direction. Just a little ways on the trail I saw some animal tracks in the road, and they looked big. I stopped to take a look at the tracks, wow, they were of one big ass moose, I mean really big. I’ve seen many moose and many tracks while living in Alaska, but I don’t think I have ever seen tracks this huge. The tracks went on for over a good mile on the road, but I never saw the moose. After that I just drove on taking photos of the Autumn colors and on home.

I have many more photos to post, but here are a couple.

Big ass moose track

Nestoria Herman Rd