Thinking, maybe, NORTHER

We just completed a 2 week trip into the northern lower penninsula.   Leelanau Pennisula and Wolverine to be specific.  While in Wolverine,  I spent some time in the quail woods,  just me and my little German Shorthair.   While hiking up to a large wolf tree in the pine forest,  shortly after Roxie kicked up  a pair of Partridge,  I had  a what may have been a flash of understanding,  an epiphany,  (if you like that word).

As I watched Roxie working the Pats,  and admired the witchy looking wolf tree out there in the middle of those loosely spaced pines,  I begin to think,,  maybe,,  I’m not a “water man”.   I’m a bit slow to change,  but,  this was a strong flash that hit me.  I felt so very at home and comfortable there in the north woods,  more so that when I’m in the Sportcraft out on the big water. I came to the water,  quite late in life, always living in or near the deep woods before the move.  I’ve had this feeling before,  but like I said,  I’m sometimes slow to change.

This will take some deep thought, and likely more trips Norther,  but,  I`d say,  there might be a possibility of some kind of location/life change coming.

Michigan Inland Waterway

We just completed our 1st trip up (and down) Michigan’s Inland Waterway,    stretching from Cheboygan  to Pickeral Lake (80 miles on the water).  Most of the river sections are no wake,  except for the Crooked River, Mullet Lake, and Burt Lake.   The Crooked is just that,  and it was a blast.   We held the speed down to 25 mph,  but some of the switch backs were to tight to get a 25 ft boat around at 25 mph.   I’ll try to add some pictures when I get them sorted out.  All in all,  we spent about 14 hours on the water,  over two days.   It’s a trip I’d highly recommend if you can swing it.

 

pivot on sat tv

A new channel on direct tv, Pivot, new show, Take Part Live.  The talking heads are all younger than the number of years I’ve been working on and with the internet, but you’d  never guess it if you watched the show.  Watched it tonight, not, recording or staying up to watch it again.  I DID set the recorder to record the program before it though.  The premiere episode of FARSCAPE.  I was a Farscape fan, back in the day, and had never seen the premiere. I’ll record the following weeks until I get to the ones I’ve seen.

Cold end of July

Well,  looking back over a few of my posts,  I notice that I mentioned it getting cold in August last year and that, causing a short summer.   Well,  since then  it got cold in JULY!  I’ve been wearing a sheatshirt or jacket for over a week now,  and have even thought about lighting the Jotul stove a few nights.   This would be pretty nice weather,  IF IT WAS MID-SEPTEMBER.

I did get out Walleye fishing yesterday though.  Not that I got any bites,   but it was a great day to be fishing.  Mostly cloud, with a brisk breeze blowing out of the south.  Where I was fishing, North of Point Au Gres,  I could just point the boat north,  shut down the engine,  and get 1.2 to 1.5 miles per hour using the wind.  After a relaxing drift,  (no bites) I powered back up and trolled into the waves at 1.8 mph for a while,  to set up another drift run.   The three runs took nearly 4 hrs,  and though I got to relax and enjoy the day,  there were no hungry fish, even though the fish finder was littered with fish sign.  I wore my sweatshirt the whole trip too.  IN LATE JULY!

Hopefully summer will come back in August,  we’re planning a trip on Michigan’s Inland Waterway for mid August.  From Cheboygan on Lake Huron,  up the river all the way to Alanson,  about 5 miles by land,  from Lake Michigan.

It’s been busy

My tracking site says I’m getting a hit or so a week,   and I guess that’s not to bad, considering the rate I’ve been posting.   Sorry if you’ve been looking for new content here.

I’ve be quite tied up with,,,  basically just day to day living.  I haven’t found the time to do much blogging.   I don’t see many changes in the near future,  but you might find an occasional thought of two getting jotted down.

Long Live the Republic!!

summer is slow to come

Here we are real close to July, and we’re still getting late spring weather. Hot stormy days and cool nights. We’ve only had the air conditioning on for one night during June. Now if the weather turns cold in mid August like it has for the past 2 years or so, that will make a pretty short summer here in northern Michigan.