Upper Letherby Falls Outing

Update – 05.09.18 – Added a video of Upper Letherby Falls.

Headed out today to check out Letherby Falls with the spring runoff going on. I didn’t want to go too far and burn up too much gas, so I thought this a good idea, and it was. Once on Ravine River Rd., the road became a little rough but not big deal and the main reason for the roughness was all the logging going on in the area. Anyway, as I was about to pass over Ravine River I stopped to check out Ravine River Falls. These falls are generally small with just a trickle falling, but this time I made my first stop here. Was really quite nice. Next time I might venture further up the river as it looked quite pretty. So after taking a few photos there, I headed toward Letherby Falls. Well, the road changed big time right after crossing Ravine River. It got rutted and muddy. When I say muddy, I mean it. After a couple good mud holes I reached the parking spot for Letherby Falls. Parked the Jeep, changed into my Muck Boots and headed down to the falls. Slowly I crossed the river (good thing I brought my hiking poles for stability) to a little tiny island and sit up to take photos. Took a number of photos, enjoyed the view for awhile, and went back to the Jeep.
This is where the real muddy fun began. I’ve been on this road a number of times, but never this early in the season, and never with so much muddy, sloppy, gooey, make you get stuck mud. I traveled for a few miles, but there were a couple spots I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it through, the mud was that deep and thick. So, knowing that it would be quite a ways before I would get to the other side of Mt. Avron, and the road wasn’t getting any better, I decided to turn around. When by myself, I don’t like getting into to much extreme with the Jeep, and not having a wench. This time through those same muddy spots, I put the Jeep into 4low and locked in the real differential. Wow, did that ever make a difference. The Jeep (Hank) went through that sticky gooey stuff like it was a drive through the park.
Well, I got back to L’Anse and went for a car wash. Ha, that didn’t do a damn thing to get the mud off, well, maybe some. Then went home.

P.S. I’ll be adding more photos to this post in the coming days.

Ravine River Falls

Ravine River Falls

Ravine River Falls. This one I tried in Bulb Mode on the camera. It turned out to be a 5 minute exposure.

Letherby Falls

Letherby Falls

Wide angle of Upper Letherby Falls

Bloodroot, one of the first wildflowers to blossom in the spring.

Muddy Hank

Muddy Hank

Another Day of Yard Work

Another day of yard work today. As much as I would like to go out on the two-tracks and waterfalls, I need to get things done around here, that and I don’t have the money.
Today I hope to get the remainder of the leaves and crap picked up, and get my Lupine transplanted.
Yesterday I widened the mowing area by about 50 feet. This is an area that I’ve wanted to get mowed down for some time now, but just haven’t. There’s some really tall grasses that grow in part of the area, over six feet tall.
Also, found the first tick of the season crawling on me. I hate those fuckers! I guess it’s time to put the Deet on before going out in the thicker stuff.
Oh yes, one more thing I need to get done today… Spray the barn with vinegar to help get rid of the smell and to help keep squirrels out.

Morning Glories Are Planted

Yes they are, the morning glories are in the Earth. They look a little stressed, but hopefully they’ll pull through, and not get frosted. I still have Moon glories to be planted, but they’re doing OK in their little pots…so far. Another plant I have to get in the ground are Lupine. They will go along the garage behind all the seeds I planted.
I got some raking done in the back yard, but it was just too damn hot to do much. Our high temp for today was 83°F and windy with winds almost to 30MPH.

Morning Glories

Things…

I was thinking of taking today off from work and do some hiking, but I really can’t be bothered, maybe later in the week. Instead, I’m going to transplant my over grown Morning Glories that I started in little starter pots quite a bit too early and their growing like mad. It might be too early to put them in the ground, but I have to do something with them so I’m going to take the chance and hope they don’t freeze.

Garden Work III

Done, well mostly anyway. Today I dug up the remaining few chunks of sod, raked it out and put in seed. The seed didn’t go as far as I thought, so I ordered more and will be here tomorrow. I also put up the netting for the Morning Glories that will be along the brick wall. From a short distance, the netting can’t be seen with the exception of a little where it covers the windows.

Finished

Netting on brick wall

Netting on brick wall

Current photos of Grizwald and Eli

Current photos of Grizwald and Eli

Garden Work II

Almost there, almost. I only have a few squares of sod to go, I just couldn’t finish it today, though I did get the willows transplanted. I’m saving the sod strips and squares for another project. I plan, hopefully, put them down outside the back door where all there is some gravel and stuff, though I have to wait for that until the snow melts back there, not much sun.
Anyway, this project should be done tomorrow, including seeding of the wildflowers.

Trip to Town

We had to make an early trip to town for groceries. We normally shop Thursday or Friday during our lunch time so we don’t have to waste the weekend time, but plans for the weekend were screwed up due to Dawn’s boss being a power hungry bitch. She wouldn’t let Dawn know if she could have Monday off until the very end of day Friday. Long story short, she was refused the day off.
Anyway, we headed out for town of a dreary rainy day, but knowing the rain would stop soon, I brought my camera, as I always do anyway, in hopes to get some shots off of some wildflowers I’ve been seeing on the drive to and from work.
Score! The drive back home was a success, with even a couple wildflowers I hadn’t seen before.

Blue Vervain - Verbena hastata 081614.01.1024

Blue Vervain – Verbena hastata

Evening Primrose - Oenothera biennis 081614.02.1024

Evening Primrose – Oenothera biennis

Evening Primrose - Oenothera biennis 081614.01.1024

Evening Primrose – Oenothera biennis

Wild Mint - Mentha arvensis 081614.02.1024

Wild Mint – Mentha arvensis

Wild Mint - Mentha arvensis 081614.01.1024

Wild Mint – Mentha arvensis

Cardinal Flower - Lobelia cardinalis 081614.02.1024

Cardinal Flower – Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal Flower - Lobelia cardinalis 081614.01.1024

Cardinal Flower – Lobelia cardinalis