Sunday, September 29, 2013

Another weekend another camping trip. Sylvania Wilderness this time!

Taking advantage of more great weather, I headed out for another night on Lake Superior, and after setting up camp had the pleasure of nice meal at the Liberty Bell. I give these good folks 5 stars.  Simply great food.

The Bell Chalet is a Hurley, WI landmark.
Next morning it was an early start for the Sylvania Wilderness Area. I met up with some fine folks from Green Bay who were kayaking this weekend.  I wanted to hike the Clark Lake trail so set up camp and off I went...

Near the boat launch is the trailhead.

Typical trail terrain, it's an easy hike.

Around ever corner there's a fantastic view.

Lots of solitary sand beaches

Fall colors are just getting started

Hard to tell, but the trail skirts the beach in most places

Howdy to two of my most favorite people!

Another mile or two up the trail...

There is some terrain and vegetation variation

I sat down to take a rest here.
And that was Sylvania...

 I wandered through the famous Paulding Light location on the way home.  Unfortunately in the daylight there was little mystery to be found.

I'll try to see if I can this last movie working right.  I haven't been able to get my waterfall movies to work... but I will give this another try.  On the Clark Lake Trail I heard this noise that sounded like a musical instrument... a badly tuned one, but strangely melodic.  I left the trail searching for the source out of curiosity.  I followed a ridge for a 100 yards or so and cam to this densely forested part of the forest.  There were more singing noises!  

Here's the first tree fall movie.  Being an engineer I had to run an FFT on this noise... there's a lot of wind rush, I'm still working on trying to figure out a way to filter that. There were several of these falls in this one spot.  Really unusual.  It was pretty windy and they made a few different pitches.  Standing right next to these trees one could put together the whole concept of a bow dragging across a string pretty easily.  The vibrating sounds were pretty cool to see.  I can see how legends of an enchanted forest could about.  Really a neat experience. A have a few more, I'll put them up if I can figure this out.

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The FFT shows a dominant 1.1 Khz which is sort of a high C note.  From a distance these trees 'sing.'

Hmmm, I see there's something still not quite right with the upload.  I'll try to figure it out!

The noise floor is pretty high, but you can see a dominant 1.1 kHz.  That's a C6 or high C!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tall ships in Marquette's Lower Harbor July 2013

Here's an older adventure from earlier in the summer.  Several tall ships visited Marquette's lower harbor and it was really interesting to see these beautiful ships.

Looking down the the Peacemaker's bowsprit

The Peacemaker's bridge, lots of beautiful wood!

Passing by the galley

Captain's cabin?

Imagine what it was like to climb rigging and set sails in a rolling sea...

The Sullivan arrives!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Another night camping, this time near the L Superior shore.  VERY windy last night and the roar of the waves actually kept me up 'till around 1:30 am.  Cool morning in the low 40's.  I'm trying out the French Army F-1 to test its suitability as a winter tent.  NOPE, try again...

Didn't like the venting or the low height, but a warm tent... the winter tent will be a wall or teepee.

7AM, wind is down, nice rollers on L Superior.

Then it was off to Sparrow Rapids for a short hike and a look see.  The campground is rustic, the trails are good foot paths.  But what I really noticed today was.... the leaves!  Oh boy, another week or two and the UP will be pretty much peak on the fall colors. 

About 3 or 4 mi up-steam from the rapids and built in 1919

Trestle over a branch of the Ontonagon River
See what I mean?  21 September 2013

Look closely at center light fixture...

Re-purposed! By wasps!

Burlap bag over camp fee drop box... a sure sign of winter!

The Sparrow entrance

A nice foot path leads out of the camp site to the river
It follows the river for maybe a half mile.
Really kind of nice...

More "Rapids"

The rapidest I think!

The un-rapids part...

A spillway, kind of pretty, must be to raise the water level behind it for some reason...

Trash hanger at campsite, looks like a bear exercise system to me...
 One last adventure today!  On the way back home I caught ILSX's Loco 1344 pulling logs out of the Frost siding (GPS Coordinates: 46.605081,-88.872449) on  Forest Hwy 16.  Neat to see them up here, as with the paper mills closing and the tracks being pulled up, this is a rare site.

Switching cars

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Steam and Gas Show at the Escanaba Fairgrounds.  Lots of old iron and some pretty innovative craftsmanship.  Enjoy!

If one '800' isn't enough - use two!

M/T Valve covers and straight pipes! Sounded fantastic...

I think this is a Rumley Oil Pull

Re-purposed Honda Gold Wing

Very interesting steam powered mill

So much quieter than a gas engine...

What a great Mack  Truck

This is a chain drive Mack AC the "Bull Dog"

A Virginia - Michigan connection...

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Hiking the North Country Trail is a special treat!  Below are a few pics of the trail segment from Copper Peak to the mouth of the Black River.  -enjoy!

Brave people ski down this ramp...

A buggy trek!

Conglomerate Falls left branch

Conglomerate Falls right branch

A beautiful day for a hike!

NCT blaze is easy to follow

Rainbow Falls

Sandstone Falls

Trailhead parking lot

Typical bridging

NCT skirts the river in several places
Gorge Falls
Potawatomi Falls

Suspension bridge at Black River Harbor
Here is where the Black River empties into Lake Superior