Drive About

Got out for drive in the boonies today. I drove out to Big Erik’s Bridge and followed EriK Rd until the turn to Northwestern Rd and drove Northwestern Rd until it’s end at Triple A Rd near Eagle Mine. Then took Triple A until Ravine River Rd then back to Skanee Rd and home. Northwestern Rd is one washed out road these days, it’s always been tricky, but this spring has really done a job on it. The Subie did a great job over the washouts and through all the rough stuff, just have to be careful due to still needing new tires. Triple A Rd is also quite a mess, but that’s due to all the logging on the road. The loggers have really fucked up a nice drive. I didn’t get out much, as the skeeters were out in force today and I didn’t feel like putting on bug dope.

Also, happy birthday to my mom, she would have been 100 years old today.

My Favorite Pond

The Elusive Blooming Bra Tree

Waterfalls, Wildflower and a Bird

I didn’t get around to posting this from last Sunday until now. I went out to see if I could get to Upper Letherby Falls, as the road can be very very muddy, and deep thick mud at that, this time of year. Well, yes there was mud, but not as bad as last year and the Subie plowed right through it. There was even some snow left out there once the elevation got up a ways. Anyway, on the drive to the falls I was driving along quite slow with my windows down and sunroof open, and as I came close to a creek I’ve seen many times I heard water falling, or rapids or something, I wasn’t sure, so I stopped. I went into the woods just 25 feet or so and there it was, another waterfall I never seen. Went back and go my camera stuff and went back in to the falls. Was a really pretty falls with a small pool at the bottom. After getting home I found the falls is named Pea Can Falls. Why I did have it on my GPS I have no idea, but it there now.
After enjoying the falls I headed up the road just a little ways further to park and go down to Upper Letherby Falls. I only got a video of the falls because all my photos didn’t turn out due to too much sun, but it was still nice to be there.
On my way back home I stopped a few times for some wildflowers, they are just starting to come out.
Then once home, a Baltimore Oriole surprised me at some oranges I had put out, but I caught him in a tree.
I don’t know, I’ve lost my thoughts, so I guess this post will end now. Just wish I had someone to talk to about things, just things, then I would remember.

Pea Can Falls

Bloodroot

Baltimore Oriole

Ogemaw Falls

I was hoping to get out a little today, although the weather forecast wasn’t all that great, so I went out early before any rain that might come. I headed out to see Ogemaw Falls on Ogemaw Creek, another falls I’ve been wanting to check out for some time, but just haven’t. Drove out US-41 and turned just before just before Alberta on Baraga Plains Rd. Two mile or so down the road is a small sign stating “Ogenaw Falls”, so I parked along the road and followed a small trail back to the falls. I was surprised how easy and short of a trail it was, so that was nice. Arriving at the falls another surprise, it’s beautiful falls, not large, but not real small either and down below the falls was a nice slide. Following the trail a few feet more I found where you can cross the river for a much better view of the falls. Had to hop across on a couple of rocks to get to the other side, but pretty easy going. Spent quite a bit of time just enjoying the falls and taking photos, but thought I better get going as the clouds were starting to darken. On the way back crossing the the river I slipped a bit and one foot went in up to just short of my knee, but hey, I found out my hiking boot don’t leak. lol Took a few more photos at a spot I saw on the way down then headed back to the car. Baraga Plains Rd goes a long way, but along the way is where Menge Creek Rd starts/ends, so that’s the way I went home. Oh, and it started to rain shortly after I got into the car, so good timing.
Anyway, got home in the rain, took a shortish nap and by then the rain had stopped and the sun came out. Spent the rest of the day sitting on the deck with the boys taking photos of birds.

Ogemaw Falls

The Main Fall of Ogemaw Falls

Ogemaw Falls Slide

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Purple Finch – Male

White-striped White-throated Sparrow

Finch Fight

Finch Fight

Peanut Butter and O-Kun-De-Kun Falls

Nice hike today out to O-Kun-De-Kun and Peanut Butter Falls. I’ve been wanting to see these for quite some time, so today was the day. O-Kun-De-Kun is a very pretty 20 foot falls and Peanut Butter (named so due to the color of the water) is another very pretty 8 foot falls. Both falls are on the Baltimore River in Ontonagon County. The 2.5 mile round trip hike is quite nice, though there is quite a bit of good ol’ slippery mucky mud this time of year. My legs are going to feel it tomorrow I’m afraid, as I seem to be out of shape from the winter.

Peanut Butter Falls

Peanut Butter Falls

O-Kun-De-Kun Falls

O-Kun-De-Kun Falls

Big Erick’s Falls – Huron River

After quite a rainy morning I thought I was take a chance and go out to Big Erick’s Falls on the Huron River. It was well worth it. The weather turned out really nice, at least out there away from Lake Superior. When I first got to the river it didn’t look all that great due to almost too much water rushing, so I drove on for a ways. There’s a wee bit of mud on the trails this time of year and the Subie did great going through it. After a few miles I turned around and went back to the river and decided hike back in along the river. When I first setup my camera, there was a really cool fog that would roll through just above the river. After a while the fog lifted and the sun came out and got really warm, the car said 60°F when I got back to it.
It was good to get out again, I feel better for it.

Shortish Drive

Went out for a short drive today, just that area I said in my last post. Lots of snow out there! The only problem was that the snow banks were so high, you couldn’t see over them and also, the winds hit the Herman area so most the snow had fallen from the trees. All the snow on the trees is one thing I was looking for. Oh well.

Here’s a couple photos from Herman Rd. I did take more, but haven’t gotten to them yet. Many times I wondered if I was on a snow machine trail.


Blizzard 2019 The Cleanup

Well we did end up closing at work today, so I didn’t need to use PTO to get all the snow cleaned up. In total I got 23.5″ of snow, then there were the winds that drift all that snow. I worked my ass off today, and I’m feeling it. I got the driveway completed and also two paths, one to the propane tank and the other to feed the deer. Tomorrow at some point, early I hope, I have to get on the roof again. The fucking spot above the guest bedroom is leaking again. Oh, and going along with that, I still have not heard a word from the ex-owner about my email, not a fucking thing. Anyway, I got finished with all the blizzard cleanup a little after 3:00 PM (started at 7:30 AM), sat down to watch some Tiger Baseball and fell asleep.
I took a number of photo during the day, following are a few of them.

Snowblower cutting through the drift

Snowblower cutting through the drift

Snowblower cutting through the drift

Completed!

Subie with wings

Subie with wings

First look out this morning

Blizzard

This is the first time in many years that I’ve seen a snow storm like the one we’re having today. There are blizzard warnings through most the UP with heavy snow falling. As of 1:00 PM, 15 inches has fallen here at the house. The first foot or so of snow was/is very wet and heavy, so I went out and cleared most of the driveway before it turned into white cement. Also, I just wanted to be outside in the blizzard, something I really enjoy and there isn’t much of that these days. I know I’ll be out there again tomorrow doing the drive, but at least it won’t be as hard to do as if I hadn’t done it at all today.

Update: I took my last measurement for the day/night at 6:00 PM and I’ve got 22″ so far and it’s still coming down hard. My double windows in the living room are almost blocked by snow. The bird feeders are encased in a snow drift. It looks like if we have work tomorrow or not, I will be taking the day off to dig out. It’s going to be a long day tomorrow.