Tuesday, September 29, 2009

yooper sports

Unless you are a competitive cross country skier, or live in the upper peninsula, this photo might seem odd.

These guys are getting ready for the upcoming winter by skiing with wheels on thier skis. In the rain. This is in Houghton, and I've seen the same thing in Marquette. So what was I doing out in the rain? Our gang was heading to a cozy brewpub downtown, thats what. I recommend the http://www.keweenawbrewing.com/

The place is nice, the beer is good, and I took this photo from the liftbridge featured on thier liftbridge brown ale.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

big equipment

Our trip to Isle Royale got delayed a day because of severe weather on the Lake. So we did sight seeing in the U.P. We did a mine tour of an old copper mine. Turned out to have a unique mine hoist in very good condition.

Not a great photo to capture the size of this thing, but it is quite impressive.
Google quincy mine and read the wikipedia article. Pretty interesting stuff.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

water taxi

Here is a shot of the gang getting ready to load our gear back on the Park Rangers shuttle boat to take us back to the main dock for our trip back to the mainland. We work on trails the first part of the week, then get about a day and a half of free time to hike around or canoe Tobin Harbor before riding the big boat back to Houghton.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Isle Royale- the hidden national park

Here is a shot from my trip to Isle Royale. Weather was good during the week, and we got our trail reroute finished with time to spare. I left some fresh food in the rangers office freezer for when we got back to the dock and campground. This was the last chicken breast just finishing up on the grill. It was a nice change of pace from foil pack tuna, noodles, rice, soup mix, and so on.

A cold beer was pretty good also. I didn't take too many nature photos, we had many better photographers in the group than I, I'll wait till they post theirs.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The great north woods

So busy lately, very busy at work, projects at home, that's why no posts, blah, blah, blah. Nobody wants to hear about that.

I went to Isle Royale for my annual Sierra Club trail work trip. We had rough weather at the start and at the finish, the boat had to wait a day before bringing us back. Gale force winds and 10 foot waves on Superior are to be taken seriously. Our overall week was good, and our trail reroute looked very nice when finished.

I used two different camping ovens, and the crew really liked fresh warm brownies for desert.

Of course, when we arrived in Houghton, we had to do a little window shopping while waiting for the boat to make way. Here is a shot from the outdoor store we browsed.

It was a relief to see such a well stocked store up in the UP, as I only had one set of nunchaku in my backpack. Several of us stocked up.

More photos from the actual island coming soon.