Dec 20-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: December: Dec 20-05
Reindeer in the Keweenaw    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Lisa & Charles Mills
Petting Santa's pals    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Lisa & Charles Mills

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 05:24 am:

Not too long ago someone asked on the What'sUP page, if there was somewhere in the Keweenaw where you could see real reindeer. Today, Lisa and Charles Mills not only answer the question, but provide a couple of pictures too. That's their son Shawn standing with several lit up reindeer in the first shot and again in the second one with the 'real McCoy's', who are sporting some serious antlers. I wonder if Santa's team members are thinking that Shawn's headgear is pretty neat too? :->

By Brock Waugh (Brock) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 05:45 am:

Wow I guess I never new that there antlers grew that big and tall. That is just pretty neat to see. Also Nate sorry that your date was not in the cards this time. I hope thursday is the winning day now:) Well everyone have a great day. (morning babe hope your day goes great)

By NKR (Nkr) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 06:01 am:

Good morning from Mishawaka IN. Boy are you guys lucky. You have real reindeer. They look so cute and so does Shawn. The reindeer by Shawn looks like he's muggin for the camera. By the way its 5 here this morning. Stay warm everyone.

By Richard L. Barclay (Notroll) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 07:50 am:

Anybody know what the band/belt around the male(maybe?)reindeer's muzzle is? Do they hook a leash on to it? I don't think you'd pull a sleigh with the nose.

By david sandretto (Yooperdfs) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 08:17 am:

Hi all from cloudy Southwest Florida where a forecasted high of 67 today is considered a 'cold' winter day.

By Brenda Leigh (Brownmoose) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 08:28 am:

Recently while in Alaska I toured an area where they had a few reindeer. I learned some interesting facts about them I would like to share.

Reindeer and caribou are of the same species. Caribou are a bit larger. Reindeer were domesticated in Eurasia about 2,000 years ago.

Reindeer and caribou have unique hairs which trap air providing them with excellent insulation. These hairs also help keep them buoyant in the water. They are very strong swimmers and can move across wide rushing rivers and even the frozen ice of the Arctic Ocean!

By Debra J McCumber (Debrajean) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 08:46 am:

Wow, those are some big reindeer! Brock, maybe we should plan a stop to see these big fellas on our trip up there this winter, eh? : ) Have a great day everyone!

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 08:52 am:

Oh wow, check out Lisa and Charles' photo album. It looks like Shawn has a buddy for life, in Thunder his Great Dane.
Reminds me of a couple who lived along Lake Erie, who had a great dane, that would lay in driveway and watch the cars go by. Yes, of course, I had to stop each time she was out and get some pets in...because she was the sweetest thing.

NKR, You're having a heat wave. I'm coming over to grab some of that's only 3 degrees here on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Hubby had fun last night trying to get his semi started in the cold. Usually when it's this cold he brings it home, so he can plug her in. But this weekend he took it to the shop for minor repairs...only to find it sitting in their lot last night, not plugged in. According to hubby, it took them two hours to get the engine to turn that's cold.

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 08:58 am:

strange trivia: I heard that in the arctic circle reindeer and caribou have extra blood vessels in their noses to combat the cold. This causes their noses to be red! Rudolph?

Also that some of the moss is hallucinagenic and if the people eat a lot of reindeer meat they may have mild hallucinations. Reindeer flying?

Just interesting ideas, true or not....

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 09:03 am:

Maija, Another reindeer fact that I heard is that male reindeer lose thier antlers in the winter...and the females keep their antlers.

By JanieT (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 09:19 am:

I think a couple of those little caribou would just enhance my herd of miniature horses!

By Shelley Trowbridge (Shelleyt36) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 09:59 am:

Very nice pictures. I too have heard that the males lose their antlers in the winter and that it is the females who had them, hence it was an all female team pulling Santa's sleigh!

By Brock Waugh (Brock) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 10:18 am:

Debra J sounds like a perfect plan to me. Good time to test out the ol' sleds too I think.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 10:22 am:

All this reindeer talk is making me wish for Christmas even faster. On Dasher, on Dancer and the rest of the gang.

By Charles in Adrian (Charlesinadrian) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 10:23 am:

There is a nice article in this month's Natural History magazine
about reindeer in Siberia. One picture shows a 3,000 year-old
sculpture of reindeer looking as tho they are flying. The author
of the article said that when you are on a sledge being driven
byreindeer on one of those frozen Siberian rivers in the winter,
you feel as tho you are flying. So the notion that Santa Claus is
flown around the world on Xmas Eve by 12 reindeer (maybe 13 if
you include Rudolph?) has some basis in how a person really
feels when driven in a sledge or sleigh by reindeer. (A lot more
fun to think of reindeer right now than of poor old Lions or
Packers, eh?)

By Marty Olgrenq (Marty) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 11:33 am:

Lisa and Charles,

Thanks so much for sharing your photos and expierences with so many.

Jackie and Myslef (Marty Olgren), are the proud owners of Antler Acres and the reindeer. We have 1 male (Keenai) and 4 females (Alice, Olive, Mabeline, and Zoei.

Alice and Olive are from Canada, just north of Montana, while Mabeline and Zoei were born on our farm behind Kearsarge, and Keenai hails from Foster City, Michigan.

It is true that the male reindeer lose their antlers in mid December, actually the photo that you see of Keenai above is probably the last of him as he sports those beautiful antlers, since this photo he has dropped both sides and he looks kind of bald, he now is on the bottom of the social ladder, as the girls now are pushing him around.

The halter that you see around Keenai's nose is so we can connect a lead rope to him and walk him. We are training Keenai on how to pull our sled and he should be doing so in the near future.

Reindeer and Caribou are cousins, and reindeer are found in North America and Asia and Lapland.

Alice, Olive and Mabeline are bred and we should see calves from them in Late April or early May. Zoei was born on April 29 this year and is too young to be bred.

All are welcome to enjoy the reindeer.

Merry Christmas to All!

Marty and Jackie Olgren

By Marc Slis (Marc) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 11:53 am:

Was that you and Alice at Somero Farms a couple years ago, when they were selling Christmas trees?
Recently, I came across pictures of my youngest daughter and a reindeer that I think was named Alice.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 12:21 pm:

Ok, On Keenai, on Alice, on Olive, on Mabeline and Zoei. I like being personal with that Christmas Present Stuff.

By Nate (Nalwine) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 12:37 pm:

Well Brock, I think I have a few hours left before you win so I'm gonna go buy some Castroil and go give Hilarie a teaspoon full to ensure victory for me :)

(Actually I'm kidding on that :) ) And I'm really starting to wonder what you guys will want for dinner when you come up North.

By Marty Olgrenq (Marty) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 12:41 pm:


It sure was Alice. She is the one we take out on the road most of the time. Thanks for remembering. Hope the photos and memories are everlasting.

The reindeer bring out the child in all of us.

By Marc Slis (Marc) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 06:03 pm:

Thanks for bringing her out there! The reindeer was a great treat, even for us big kids:)

My daughter still talks about it and wants to see them this year. I can't make it, as I am currently sailing somewhere between Viet Nam and Singapore on my way to Myanmar (Burma), but I think my wife might make the trip up to Antler Acres for a tree.

By Marty Olgren (Marty) on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 07:40 pm:


Please have her let us know who she is... She will get a special tree.


By Marc Slis (Marc) on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 04:20 pm:


When I called home yesterday to see if my wife was heading up to Antler Acres, she informed me she's heading down under the bridge tomorrow to be with family for the holidays and can't make it up there:(

Nonetheless, we wish everyone at Antler Acres a safe and happy holidays, from Painesdale AND Singapore!!

I'm off for Pirate Watch,

By Marty Olgren (Marty) on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 08:48 pm:


I have a good friend living in Singapore. He and his wife have a place in Eagle Harbor.
Email me at and I will give you his email address... maybe you can connect with him.


By James Bess (Jtbess1969) on Friday, November 28, 2008 - 09:43 am:

Hey can you send me a email with info as to how to get there, phone number, and if you have trees and reefs this yr? thanks

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 09:53 pm:

I especially like the tree with the Christmas Lights.

Powered by:  
Join Today!
Each day the Pasty Cam has 2 areas to post messages: 
  • Cam Notes - comments related to today's picture and discussion
  • What'sUP - other topics, conversation and announcements
  • *** Please use the appropriate forum ***
    Here's a list of messages posted in the past 24 hours
    See our guest photo gallery for more great views from the U.P.

    Add a Message

    A user/password combination is now required to post messages to Cam Notes. Registration is free. Click here to register or maintain your I.D.

    Home | Pasty Cam | Contest | Order Now | Bridge Cam | Past-E-Mail | GP Hall of Fame | Making Pasties | Questions