Birds, Wildflowers and a Waterfall

Not really much going on lately, though I did get out on the trails this past Sunday.

I got quite lost Sunday, lost in the Herman Hills area, between Herman and Mt. Arvon. I did the ol’ right turn, left turn, repeat over and over. It’s a great way to get lost in the woods. I did run into a few dead-ends. I really enjoy being out in the woods among the trees and rivers, just wish I enjoyed it as much as I use to when I had someone to enjoy it with and when I could walk/hike more.

The wildflowers are just starting to come out, though most are still a couple days away from being in full bloom.
This is the only Spring Beauty I saw that was opened in bloom.

Spring Beauty

Dutchman’s Breeches

Marsh Marigold

Pea Can Falls

Baltimore Orioles – Male and Female

Baltimore Oriole in the rain

Baltimore Oriole

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Brown-headed Cowbirds

Mr. Buddy Bear came by for a visit.

I’ve been bringing in my bird feeders at night, but last night I dozed off and went to bed. Well of course Buddy Bear decided this would be a good night for a feeder raid. He make multiple passes by the first video cam, twice taking a feeder along with him. In the second video, which is right out my front windows, he grabs a feeder, went off and then comes back.

Porcupine, Mr. Big Prickles

Walked out on the front deck, looked out over to the other side of the house and saw something big up high in a tree. Not knowing what it was, I ran and grabbed my camera and headed to where it was. This guy is big, and bending the branches down as he crawled around to grab some goodies for lunch.
I could see him from my kitchen window.

A Little Drive About

Yesterday, Saturday, I had plans to check out the snow along one of my favorite rivers, well, it didn’t happen. We, Eli and I, headed out to the Slate River to hike up the river and get some photos of all the snow. Once we got there, Eli decided he didn’t want to go into the snow, though I can’t really blame him, it was quite deep and he’s getting up there in age. Also I’m not sure how I would have done in the snow with my leg issues. So it was probably for the best.
So, from the Slate River I headed up to Big Erik’s Bridge and the Huron River. Too much snow there to be able to hike back along the river.
With it still being early in the day, I thought a drive out to Herman and the Herman Nestoria Road, the usually get pounded with snow and is really pretty. Well, that wasn’t the case. They did have quite a bit of snow, but I think the winds had knocked all the snow off the trees, so the drive was just that, a drive through the woods. I didn’t even take a single photo through there.
After getting back to about half way between Herman and L’Anse, I thought, what the hell, I’ll take the loop from Indian Rd then loop back to where we started, the Slate River. I missed the turn, or just didn’t see it, off of Sliver Rd that I had taken before, so continued. Oddly enough, the road I was on ended up looping back to Arvon Rd, then back down to the Slate River. Roads change in the winter, you can never tell which ones will be plowed, and as it turns out, I took the correct one.
After that, we headed back home.
I was still good to get out of the house, I needed it.

Today will be a day of some ice and snow cleanup before it gets colder this afternoon and turns everything into concrete. Then comes the snow again, they’re calling for 6-8 inches for my location. After that’s done, nothing. I’ll be relaxing and maybe watch a movie if I can find one I might like.

Eli on the two-track near Slate River

Slate River

Huron River from Big Erik’s Brdge

Silver River from Silver Rd

Sun Burst Through Snow Layded Pine

Happy Thanksgiving

My Thanksgiving will be mostly work, work to clean the driveway, and work under the Subie. Yesterday during the storm I drove out to see what was happening on US-41 as it rounds Keweenaw Bay. During this drive I came across a smallish tree down and across my road, this tree had also brought down the power lines and snapped a power pole in half. Anyway, I saw a couple tracks crossing the tree, so, so did I, and without any problem. I went to the end of my road, parked and went to the shore for some photos of Lake Superior washing up rocks across the road. I went back to my car and made a call to report the downed tree and power pole, and within just a few minutes the fire department were coming down the road. I turned around and followed them to the point of where the tree was, talked to them for a few, then the power company showed up. I needed to get out of their way so I crossed over the tree again, well this time I heard something and bam I heard a loud sound somewhere under the Subie and it’s now making a loud sound from the exhaust system, somewhere. I checked it quickly when I got home, but things felt tight, so today I need to drive it up on the ramps and find the issue.
Before I can get to that work, I need to finish clearing the driveway. I started it late yesterday, but couldn’t finish it due to excruciating pain in my leg, and I mean fucking excruciating pain.
Now to back track a bit in time to yesterday’s snowstorm. It was quite a good storm, but with it being so warm, the snow is very wet and heavy. I lost power a little before sunrise, called it in and waited. Once it was light enough outside, I noticed lights through the trees at my closest neighbor’s house, then I saw my power line was sagging and almost touching the ground. I went out to check things out. I walked behind the quonset and saw the problem, a huge tree had fallen and brought the line down. I called again to report what I found, and the crew were right over. After about 2 hours of them working, I had power again. Ah, but only about 10 minutes after the power crew left, boom, there went the power again. I checked things out again, but didn’t see anything here. I didn’t know where the issue was until hours later when I drive out to check the waves and US-41.
In the mean time, I called Spectrum to let them know their line was still hanging and almost touching the ground. They told me they can’t come out during the storm, bullshit. Oddly enough though, I still have cable and internet. They said they would be here Friday afternoon to look at it. Their line is fucked, it’s hanging behind the quonset and hanging low from the quonset to the house, if fact, I have to duck under it when walking back to the quonset.
So anyway, the storm brought 10 inches of snow here, and there are reports of around 2 feet in other areas with some people still without power. I guess I was lucky being without power for only about 8 hours.

So with that all being said… Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Rocks being washed over US-41

Power line down across the road

My lines

Snowy Pines in my yard

Keweenaw Round-trip

Went out yesterday for a Keweenaw round-trip. I was in need of a Keweenaw fix. Knowing there were strong winds out of the south, I thought the shore along the east/south east side of the peninsula would be giving a nice wave show. The waves were coming in strong, but with the water levels being so high I couldn’t get down to the shore line, there was no shore. So I headed up to Copper Harbor to take the western shore back down. While passing the entrance to Brockway Mountain I noticed quite a few tracks in the snow on the road, so I turned to head up. Going up the first steep grade I saw quite a few tracks where people had gotten stuck in the snow (the road isn’t plowed in winter), but I went for it, and had no problems at all. There were a couple 3 foot drifts at a couple of the high points, but the Subie plowed right through. This was a wonderful surprise to find the road was “open” and drivable, that is if you have a good 4-wheeldrive. Didn’t stay up there long, just long enough to get a few photos, as the winds were really blowing up there. I came back down the same way so I could drive the full shoreline, though on the way down I needed to put the Subie in 1st gear on many of the downward hills to keep good traction.
Afterward headed down the shoreline, stopped a couple time for photos, and on home.

Looking Down to Copper Harbor

View From Brockway Mountain

Brockway Mountain Drive

Icy Rock

The Hunt Was On

Friday I took the day off with the sole purpose to find a location on a river that I always thought was beautiful. After looking at a map, I figured the location had to be on the West Branch Huron River, so I headed out on Black Creek Rd as it runs the closest to the river. I made the turn down where you cross the river to go to Big Falls, but realized this wasn’t right, so I continued on. After a little while there was a turn to the left heading to cross the river again, so I took it and stopped where the river was. Sure enough, this was the spot! I had forgotten about one of the sides of the road you can walk for a long ways along the river and there is also a waterfall near the bridge, Erick’s Falls. Something else on that side, there’s a doorway (to something, for something, I don’t know) between two trees, I knew it right away as I could feel it. I hiked a little ways down the river, but my leg was really starting to hurt so I headed back to go up the other side. On this side there are large Hemlock trees that keep the forest floor open and clear, it’s really pretty. The area of the river I was looking for was just up stream a tad, so I went there and sat a while.
I just wish….
I would like to explore more up stream from this location some day.
After leaving I just drove on a ways making my way in a large loop and headed home.

West Branch Huron River Horseshoe Bend

Erick’s Falls – West Branch Huron River

West Branch Huron River

Robarge Creek

Bridge Over Robarge Creek

Nice Drive

Went for a nice drive to see what Autumn colors were still around. Looks like most areas are at peak, if not past peak. It sure is pretty out though with all the leaves bright yellow, orange and red. Nature’s last hurrah of color before the dark gray colorless season of Winter arrives. Speaking of Winter, we’ve had a little snow, nothing sticking to the ground yet, just falling.

Bear Den Overlook – Sturgeon River Gorge

Bear Den Overlook – Sturgeon River Gorge

Forest Service Road 2200