Thursday, April 28, 2011

Abandoned Ore Car

During our travels we came across this old abandoned wooden ore rail car. It was previously used to go into a copper mine and bring the raw ore to the surface. When I was looking at this car I had flashbacks about the people who worked in the mines - the hard work, long hours, and probably low pay. Another reminder of the sacrifices in our past history.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One last storm

Winter is still trying to hang around. I couldn't believe it when we caught a couple of inches of snow on the ground this week. The poor daffodils are froze in time - literally. They just don't know what to do. Blossom or hide.

I am still confined to the house most of the time. Good news. I have a new cast and can bear weight, but still have to use a walker. I can't wait until I can get out with a camera.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sure Sign of Spring

A sure sign of spring. My favorite time of the year.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lighthouse on Lake Superior

This lighthouse is located near Grant, Michigan on route 41. The snow "bumps" in the foreground are actually chunks of ice under the snow. These bumps are formed when the wind changes direction and the ice near the shore piles up. Often they are many feet tall and they are constantly changing as the wind shifts.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

American Integrity - My World

This is a picture of the Great Lakes "super freighter" called American Integrity. She is a super freighter because of her size: 1000' x 105'. In case you don't know how big that is, check out the truck on the dock for a reference of scale. Here she is, caught in the frozen waters of Lake Superior. Once the shipping lane freezes shut, the freighters can't move until the spring thaw.

Here are some quick facts about Great Lakes shipping:

1,600 miles long: The length of the navigation system, extending from Duluth, Minnesota, to Ogdensburg, New York; the system spans lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Eric and Ontario.

There are 63 commercial ports on the Great Lakes.

For more information about Great Lakes Freighters click here.
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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Snow Measuring Stick

This is a fun measuring stick to see. Located on Michigan 's Keweenaw peninsula of the Upper Peninsula this measuring stick indicates the annual snow fall: 240.9 inches annual average. Unfortunately, the week prior to this photo, they had abnormally high temperatures and melted all the old snow, so they had to start over with fresh new snow. Still enough snow to enjoy snowmobiling and skiing.