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Signs of Sprrrr… Nope… Brrrrrrr!

With May around the corner, you’d think spring would be here.  Or at least visibly on its way.

I’ll let you make the call.  Here are some notes.

Most days are in the 30’s which isn’t terrible.  It could be colder!

Nary a bud has popped on the trees.  I see some swelling at the tips of the maples, but no real buds yet.  That’s surprising because, most springs, we have a few days that are warm enough to trick some of the trees into starting to bud early.  Not this year!

Nothing is even popping from the ground!  Nothing native, at least.  I saw some tulips emerging from North Park, but no new wild plants even dare.  I don’t blame them.  The last batch of snow just melted!

We got snow half of the days this week, too.  Yeah…

The snow is melting, though!  The trails are starting to clear.  Patches of snow that have yet to turn to mud leap frog with the walkable spots.

And the runoff has mostly subsided as the woods are clearing up.  Not a whole lot of rain, so the runoff hasn’t been as exciting as most years.

Our friends with hearty leaves are standing proud, though!  The green leaves of the pipsissewa, arbutus and bearberry shine in the sun — when the sun comes out!

Pipsissewa amid last year’s ground cover

 

Let’s get off the ground for a bit, and into the air, where we will notice some bird migration.  A few V’s of geese have flown over.  Sandhill cranes squawk high up in the sky.  I’ve seen a merganser couple swimming together.  And a suspected lonely loon.  Not too many of the colorful little guys, though.  I think it’s still too cold for them!

And how about that lake?  Well, the bell buoy just got delivered a few days ago!  That’s always a pivotal moment for the town.  Lake Fanny Hooe is still mostly still frozen over.  Medora (I’m guessing!) is still frozen.  Manganese might be starting to open up.  The road up there is still a bit icy.

Coast Guard buoy drop off

 

Geez, what else can I tell you about how it’s still chilly and uneventful?  There is no word yet about when we might be able to open up businesses and parks again, but we’ll let you know.

In the mean time, stay smart and be safe.  We sure will be happy to see you then!




Posted in: Bird Watching, Copper Harbor Trails, Lake Superior, Spring and Summer, Wildflowers

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A Word from the Mayor

Just kidding.

We don’t have a mayor!

But we would like to make a special announcement that we will be able to whole-heartedly welcome you back to our little town once the world’s current situation clears up and our businesses are able to re-open their shops, restaurants, motels and doors in general.

We wish you and yours the best during these times.

Feel free to plan your vacation for when you are able to return here in the next couple/few months… nobody really knows.

In the mean time, we will do our best to show you pictures of the lake and wilderness, so you can find a breath of fresh air.

Today’s morning window frost

 

“Window pane” ice along the shore last week

 

Thanks for your patience and understanding while the world slows down and gets back on a new pair of feet.


This blog is written by resident author, Amanda Wais.




Posted in: Lake Superior, Local News

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like… Winter

Yoopers of the Keweenaw are looking around at all this snow and saying, “What the heck?  It’s only November!”

Of course, many people in the Midwest are saying the same thing.  “It’s only November!  What’s with all this snow… every single day for the last two weeks?”

The Keweenaw County Snowfall Report tells us that we’ve gotten 27 inches of snowfall since October, 2019.  Approximately 9 inches have settled on the ground.  In the harbor, it’s shaken out and condensed to a bit less than that, depending what bush you’re standing in.

Want to know the funny part?  We had 27 inches fall by this time last year too!  How did we all forget that?  I don’t know.

Some people refuse to shovel because it might start to melt next week, if the weather report is correct.

Regardless of what might happen, the Keweenaw Country Road Commission has already been keeping the roads safe.  One of their plows makes it all the way up to Copper Harbor before 7am every single morning that it snows.

There you have it.

We are not stranded here in the winter (except maybe an occasional day in the thick of it).  The county plows know we’re here, and we are part of their routine.  Thank you Keweenaw County Road Commission!

As for the 100 or so local residents who are still here for the winter, well, we are still here.

For the most part.

Many locals travel this time of year.  To someplace warm, to see family, to take care of business in their hometown city — wherever.  Just to somewhere because, as you know, there isn’t a whole lot going on.

People who live up here are often talented with hobbies and side hustles just for this reason… and this season.  Yes, there’s enough to live and entertain yourself if you are creative and low-maintenance, but don’t expect a ton of external stimulation.

Unless you like to watch the morning light illuminate the horizon.

Or hear the wind in the trees.

Or look at driftwood ice sculptures.

Or shovel.

Here you go.  Here’s a shovel.  Get to work.  It hasn’t melted yet!




Posted in: Lake Superior, Winter

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