The 508 acre Estivant Pines Wilderness Sanctuary is one of the last islands of virgin white pine forest in the midwest. For most of us, we have no clue what that looks like any longer. The forests we see today are mostly second-growth since the big logging booms of the past. In fact, if it were not for the Michigan Nature Association and caring locals, even this small island of towering pines would not exist at all. Continue reading
Paddling Bete Grise was quite a surprise. Being on the more protected eastern coast of Michigan’s Keeweenaw Peninsula, I had expected more sandy, softened shorelines. What a surprise when we found amazingly tall cliffs, weathered rocks, arches and even a sea stack (Lake Stack?)! Continue reading
The true “Wisconsin Dells” are an amazing natural wonder lost in the shadows of an enormous cash cow. While it’s not hard to believe that at one time the towering sandstone cliffs on the Wisconsin river were the main attraction of Wisconsin Dells, it still amazes me that these days they’ve almost been forgotten, relegated to a logo on a website or image on some bit of kitsch sold to tourists at a gift shop. Continue reading
Bloody Hell!! I’m not even going to tell you where this trail is for your own safety! Well, you can look it up if you like. It’s the Michigan Audubon Society’s Lake Bailey Sanctuary on the Keeweenaw peninsula where you can explore 405 acres of Blair Witchin’ good fun! No kidding! Have a look at the picture above.. this IS the trail. The trick is to follow the yellow triangles… yeah…whatever, Yer bear food… Continue reading
When you travel to Lake Superior in late September, you never know what you’re going to get. Lucky for us, we had a big high pressure system rolling over which kept the skies blue and the air warm during our visit. After a night’s rest in our cabin at the Bella Vista (with the baby blue 1950′s refrigerator), we were ready for our first day on the water. We launched out past the Isle Royal ferry, through a small gap between Hunter’s Point and Porter’s Island and turned west along the rocky Lake Superior coastline to see what we could see. Continue reading
I’ll admit it. I’m tired. After the seven hour drive north to the very tip of Michigan’s Keewanaw Peninsula, 2 days on the water and another trekking through the wilds, (and I mean WILDS) of the Keewanaw’s endless forests, then the long drive back.. I’m ready for a vacation! Oh, and I left out the two Wisconsin State Parks we hiked along the way! Continue reading
Isn’t it always the way it goes? I love that phrase. No, it isn’t always the way it goes but sometimes it does, and when it does, it always seems like it always does. Take this week for example..
So I was careening down one of the many bluff roads back into our hometown after picking my son up from school. His school is on the opposite side of our baby mountain range. So each day it’s up, over and down both ways. Of the two routes I usually take the more rural, and more curvy of the two. That made it even a bit more scary to think about as I was pulling off the road when the jeep suddenly got a wild shimmy. What I thought to be a flat tire, was actually a tire suddenly held on by just one lug nut. The rest had all disappeared!! Luckily we had just reached the bottom of the hill when it went. It seems the rest of the bolts had all sheered off. Yikes! Well, with one lugnut holding the tire in place I drove the jeep across the road into the parking lot of a country bar and called for a ride. That was thursday. Continue reading