Vacation update #4August 22nd, 2014 at 2:51 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
It might be #3 or #5 – I lost count. We got up…had breakfast…got recognized…in my old t-shirt and blue jeans. We headed north through Newberry and on to Tahquamenon Falls. Not much civilization after Newberry. We got to the Upper Falls and hiked around. We actually thought about taking the 4.8 mile walk to the Lower Falls, but decided we’d drive and walk there. We bought a few things in the gift shop (mostly for my wife and mostly for Christmas). We hiked up and down, then rented a rowboat ($14 for the 2 of us for the entire day). We rowed around and went over to the island, where we walked around four times. It said that it was 3/4 mile, but it didn’t seem that long to us. We also walked along a stream for about a half mile out and half mile back. We again stopped in the gift shop. We ate what we brought…dried apricots, banana, apple, water. I got recognized about half a dozen times…it’s nice that people feel comfortable coming up and saying “hi”. Two families that said hello had moved out of West Michigan, but still remembered me. It was a perfect day…dry for a change (though the woods was quite damp), partly sunny and temperatures in the 6os with light winds. Then we got in the car and drove to Paradise and up to Whitefish Point. There were sure a lot of for sale signs – including the one gas station on route and the hardware in Paradise. It seemed like about 1 in 5 properties on Lake Superior were for sale. One sign pleaded that it was now half of the original asking price. I wondered if the hard winter had something to do with that. Unfortunately, the shop and Shipwreck Museum were closed when we got there. We saw one ship go past. The sky was so beautiful…wispy cirrus clouds, a few patches of cirrocumulus and altostratus. To the east across the bay, you could see he billowing tops of showers that were forming over the higher elevations of Canada with the convergence of the lake breeze and land breeze. They were also closer to the upper low that had brought the U.P. rain the last couple days. Waves were only about 6″. The vastness of Lake Superior is noteworthy. I could easily see 25+ miles across the lake to the higher hills of Canada that stretch north to Wawa and Chapleau. To the northwest you could see the breaks in the clouds down to the horizon. There’s 200 miles of water across the lake to the north and northwest and I imagined the frightful gales and heavy snow that mariners faced so many years ago. Outside of the one large freighter, there were no boats visible on the lake. I looked from horizon wet to horizon east. It was a summer day in August, usually the month with the warmest water and not a boat could be seen over the relatively calm waters. We drove back to Newberry and had dinner at the same restaurant we were at the night before. They had about 50 Trivia Pursuit cards (various editions) at each table and most of the patrons seemed to be having fun asking the questions. My first question was…the name of what canal spelled backwards is a Greek god. I got that one pretty quick…I have a geography degree and there aren’t many famous canals to pick from. I haven’t had time to transfer pics. from the phone…so the pic. here is Tahquamenon in winter, from the National Weather Service.