Monday, May 22, 2017

Lake Superior Waves

A few days ago I captured photos of some Lake Superior waves.





The sunset from my house...


Friday, May 19, 2017

Museum Gift Shop is ready for the season

I have spent this week cleaning the museum and getting the gift shop ready for the season.  A rock club from down state is coming north and made an appointment, so I have everything ready to go early this year -- more than a week prior to the official opening on May 28th.  Next week I will start working on the new history display, which will include items donated by the Grand Marais Tavern, which includes artifacts from the previous Sportsmans Restaurant.








Monday, May 15, 2017

Porcupine Mountains -- Day 3

On the third day of hiking the Porkies we first climbed up to Summit Peak.  We did that before, but it was so foggy we could not see the view.  Given that it was a beautiful sunny day, we decided to climb up again.  The top of the tower is 1,958 feet above sea level.






Next, we continued driving west on the South Boundary Road and hiked the Pinkerton Trail to the mouth of the Little Carp River on the shore of Lake Superior.  This trail was a six mile round trip hike.  It was beautiful.

Trail head....

Most of this trail brings you through a mature forest.


Little Carp River...



From the bridge near the end of the trail, this is the view up stream....


Below the bridge there were hundreds of big fish.


From the bridge looking down stream toward Lake Superior....


This hill was covered in trout lilies....


The forest floor was also covered with wild flowers....


.... as well as other plants.


The beach near the river's mouth....



We saw the same fishing boat traveling by....


Helen having fun at our picnic...


Then we headed back to the car.



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Porcupine Mountains -- Day 2

Actually, I forgot to post a few photos from day 1....

In the photo below the white rock contains fossilized ripples.


More photos from the first night's sunsets.




Shale....



One of the ten wild flowers we saw...


One of two beaver dams we saw...



Ice/snow damaged trees....


Helen and some large trees....


After hiking around half the trail to Trap Falls, we arrived at the river.




There was considerable white water and lots of mini falls.




More broken trees....


Then we arrived at Trap Falls.  Originally we wanted to continue the trail to the South Boundary Road.  However, we were told by the woman working at the park's administration office that the remainder of the trail had not yet been cleared and that it was not open due to a massive number of downed trees.




We headed back to our car.



Big tree....








Then we drove back to our Yurt campsite.


After dinner Helen and I went down the bluff to catch another sunset.  With all the broken pieces of shale, it is difficult to walk down the bluff and on the beach.


Sunset....



A close up of the fossilized ripples....



Full moon...