Nothing is more enjoyable then walking around on the shores of Lake Superior even when it's a bit chilly in the spring. To make things exciting you might want to jump over some water along a sand spit. The risk is you get soaked or wet shoes. But the thrill is you make it over and you feel like you can fly!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I declare spring when the ice is off the shallow part of the bay. Just a bit later then last year. But only by a few days. It was pretty thick this year due to some very cold nights. But of course I am not certain as I don't keep exact records on ice. The picture is from our personal web cam. And either the web cam is tilted or that is the earth tilting toward the sun due to spring? You decide!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Easter Sunday was exciting for passengers on the ferry. A small black bear had ventured out onto the ice and made it's way to the mainland the hard way. The details are in the Daily Press: http://www.ashlandwi.com/articles/2009/04/14/news/doc49e4aa9f016cf672258731.txt
Sunday, April 12, 2009
On Easter I think of Grandma and how she made a huge Easter dinner.They are no longer with us but this picture from the family album shows Grandma and Grandpa disembarking the steamer Madeline to tour Devils Island light. Has to be one of the best pictures in the album. The date was in the late 1920's. Perhaps 1928 just before the Great Depression. Notice the clothing, very formal with even tie and jacket. Those of you aware of the landing at Devil's island you know it has to be dead calm to land successfully there at this spot. This is the far northeast corner of the island near the lighthouse. Exposed to the open Lake Superior and you can never land there if the wind is out of the North or Northeast.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Just a wonderful blue sky early spring day. Ice is off the bay, ferry is running and birds are singing. We wait for this all winter and it's here. Makes you want to do tasks outside and chores.
Nothing is a chore in this weather. And bears are out of hibernation I hear in the local news.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Back in the 1970's and perhaps early 1980's the tours of the Apostle Islands were on the Chippewa excursion boat. I was on it only once and don't recall when the current boat the Island Princess took over? Perhaps somebody knows and can leave a comment? As you can see the Chippewa changed colors and had some changes made during it's life.Also during the 1980's I recall the Islander boat that took people to Stockton Island for a afternoon tour.And if you wish to go way back, I went camping on a island taxied by charter boat called the Sea Ghost that took people on shuttles to islands and would return a few days later to pick you up.I saw it later at the Pictured Rocks National shoreline so those old boats are sold and move around and hopefully are restored and last a long time.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Ashland is a great town on the Chequamegon Bay. It is truly a old fashion hometown sort of place. I couldn't say what it is exactly what I like best about Ashland but any town on the water of Lake Superior is a good place in my mind. Pictured is the remaining Ore Dock which they are planning to remove someday. I would rather they just leave it be. The first time I ever drove into Ashland there were three or four docks like the one pictured. I'm guessing it was 1973??
Monday, April 6, 2009
At the end of Long Island open water is forming. Soon we will see the Chequamegon Bay open up wider and then the ice will blow away. It happens quickly some years. The Ferry is making it's path wider and making trips to Madeline Island. Wisconsin Public Radio was talking about the Maple trees and how good the syrup prices are this year. It's that time of year to collect the buckets and make syrup. It's quite a labor intensive process. Warmer weather is coming says the forecast.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
A vital link to Madeline Island has begun service. Imagine if you had to drive across ice or take a wind sled to get your groceries.Much more pleasant to ride in your warm car on the ferry to the mainland. For tourists the ferry has always been a mini adventure to the island during the summers as seen on the old postcard.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
The ferry broke a path to Madeline Island and made a run. I consider this a sign of spring. Hopefully they can keep it going in the ice. It's slow going but they are in operation for 2009.
Friday, April 3, 2009
It certainly doesn't look like spring down at the harbor. I am really ready to see some activity and boats on the water. When it's too quiet you want it busy, when it's busy you want it quiet.
Hopefully despite the recession people are still willing to get in their cars for a nice weekend up north. Bayfield in Bloom is the next big event coming.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Perhaps not but you can see Michigan. Across Chequamegon Bay you can just make out the edge of Upper Michigan to the far South East. The ice still thick on the bay and ice fisherman still out taking their chances for a catch. The Bay area was lucky to be missed by the heavier snow that fell on the Arrowhead of Minnesota earlier in the week. Soon the ice will open and the whales will migrate into the bay.