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.
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.
Yesterday a friend was in the area again and was going to head up into the Keweenaw, so he stopped by and we headed out for the day. Being winter, about the only areas you can get to are on the main roads so we headed up the east side and back down the west side. Along the way we stopped at The Gay Bar in Gay, MI, this was the first time I’ve ever been in there and it’s quite nice. We just had a quick drive and headed on. We stopped at the usual spots, Copper Harbor Lighthouse, along the western Lake Superior shore and Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.
I need an escape, so I’m going to round the Keweenaw today. The next few days the weather looks pretty crappy with a winter storm that looks to bring heavy wet snow (up to a foot), freezing rain, and maybe just plan rain. Not fun. So, I’m heading out today. Hopefully I’ll get some photos to post later. My plan is to use only my 35mm lens with the exception of maybe the big boy for a lighthouse.
So using just the one prime lens was nice, but also a trick at times due to having to move more. The only time I didn’t use the 35mm was for the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.
Went out today to my favorite spot at the bend where the Grand Staircase Falls on the Slate River turns. I shot entirely with in-camera black & white. I’ve been wanting to work on my BW photos for quite some time, so I thought this would be a good way to get a jump on it. After being there for quite a while enjoying it, I took off to see what roads might be open/plowed. I mostly ran into dead ends, but it was still nice being out in the woods a bit. At the end of one of the roads was a driveway to a hunting camp with a sign that read “Camp Left Nut”, I thought it was pretty funny so I took a photo of it. After that I headed home but first a car wash.
Nope, not much happening today, mostly watching the snow fall. I’ve also dug into more of my bags of clothes in search for my comfy t-shirts. I found them and they are being washed. Also, hunted / looked for cars / SUVs online, and I’ve found a couple. I need to contact the bank for a loan first to see what they can do for me. I know what kind of payments I can do, so it’s mostly up to the interest rate to see what the amount can be.
Headed out this morning to an area I thought would be about the easiest to get to, the Slate River. It was nice out there, nice and peaceful with not a soul around. I went down river to start with until I got to where there are a couple hunting camps, then back up across the road and followed the east side of the river. I rarely go up this side because you can’t get as far without really bushwhacking. I spent about 3 hours taking photos and just enjoying the river.
I learned something else today… I need a fucking vehicle. First I barely made it up the first hill of Arvon Rd. Then as I drove down the road to the river I needed to turn around because there was no room to park without going into the few inches of snow. While turning around, I got stuck, stuck on flat fucking ground with only hard packed snow. So I got un-stuck and drove all the way back out to Arvon Rd and parked there. I guess it’s time to start hunting for a vehicle. I can’t live without being able to get out and about, it’s part of my life, and without it, I might as well cut my throat.
Yesterday I spent the day out and about with an old friend showing him a few waterfalls in the area. I haven’t seen him since living in Alaska when we had a small gathering at the house. He got in touch with me the other day say he was in Munising hitting some waterfalls in the area.
Anyway, he picked me up around 9:00 AM and we headed out to Big Falls. I didn’t know if we would be about to make it there due to the high water level and having to ford part of the Huron River, but it was fine. We spent a couple hours there taking photos then headed back to explore some of the Slate River. Of course I’ve been to all these falls many times, he hadn’t and was trying to mark off some he hasn’t been to.
After spending another few hours at the Slate River, it was time to head back and get something to eat. We had planned to get to a couple more falls, but ran out of time.
We stopped at The Finns to eat, and I must say it’s quite a nice place. I’ve always wanted to stop in there, but just seem to drive by. The pizza was really quite good and probably the best I’ve had in the area so far. I’ll be getting more for take-out another day.