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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 07:32 am:

What a variety of scenes and sights on this day over the past 10 years.

Thanks to everyone for all the birthday greetings yesterday. A little late with this morning's update because it took so long to read them all!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 07:34 am:

Good Morning All!
First Post

By Rowdy (Roudymi) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 07:39 am:

Wow time flys. One minute I was looking at yesterday thinking I had a chance at the early bird this morning and it came and went in a blink of an eye and I missed it. Dawg gone.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 07:39 am:

That snow vehicle is so clever that I don't even know what it is. LOL

Where is Mt. Baldy???

On your way toward Brockway Mountain, up M-26 north of Eagle Harbor, Mt. Baldy is the highest point looking across Lake Bailey


Pennie (Trolldiva) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 07:50 am:

Way to go Deb! Back where you belong. :)

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 07:52 am:

Info on Mt Baldy (Lookout Mountain)

By Joanne Sherrick (Shedoesnails) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 08:06 am:

Happy first day of spring!!!
I shall spend it enjoying my day off.
no cleaning,laundry or home schooling for us today.Its been a long winter!
congratulations Deb on the early bird.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 08:38 am:

Good Morning! Happy First Day of Spring! It will be so nice when we finally get green grass and leaves on the trees!

We're headed south to Troy today, hoping to get an elusive computer problem diagnosed. It is a really perplexing one, when even my software engineer friends can't figure out what it could be, after working with it for a long while!

By Heather Hurley (Momof3) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 09:07 am:

Good morning! A newbie here from Houghton. I've enjoyed viewing all the beautiful U.P. photos over the past few days. It's hard to believe this is the first day of spring with so much snow left. The kids are looking forward to decorating their snowman with leftover Easter egg dye.

Have these links already been shared? We've thoroughly enjoyed these free local resources for our family:

Looking forward to viewing more photos! I haven't figured out how to upload any yet so I'll have to look into that.

By Kathy P. (Katiaire) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 09:22 am:

Congrats, again, Deb.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 09:46 am:

Morning! Not at all acting like the first day of spring here....we are in a winter storm watch friday - saturday, snow and ice is coming.

By Bob Tiura (Bobtiura) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 10:15 am:

Deb S,
Check out this link to see pictures around Eagle Harbor on George Hite's Eagle Harbor website at . Scroll down the opening page to Harbor Walkabouts and look in Folios 3 and 8 for views from the top of Mt. Baldy. George is about to leave for his West Coast spring visit and then will be busy with his sailbout preparing for the sailing season. He may not post much until November, when the Peregrine is stowed for the winter.

By Doug (Greenhermit) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 01:41 pm:

Another mount Baldy (aka Old Baldy) is located south of Green just past Tolfree

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 03:04 pm:

Doug (Greenhermit):
"Another mount Baldy (aka Old Baldy) south of Green just past Tolfree"

Now that's one I'm not familiar with! (I never felt so "lost in da UP"!)

I presume you mean Green, MI, on M-64 between Ontonagon and Silver City?

So what or where is "Tolfree"? Is that anything like Tolfrey Creek?

By Suzy Lofquist (Suzymn41) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 03:39 pm:

Climbing Mount Baldy is an awesome experience especially in early August when the top is covered with blueberries. One year I drove up to Eagle Harbor in September for a Nature Conservancy hike up Baldy and I was the only one to show up. However, the three guides and I had a great time. Now I really work at keeping in shape so I can keep up. It's actually a gradual hike up three mountains and it's nice to take a breather on the way up just to look all around.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 03:50 pm:

Suzy, is there actually a trail for that hike? I would love to do it!

By Diane Miller Wallace (Sage) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 04:33 pm:

Happy Spring Equinox everyone. It shouldn't be long now for Spring to really show her face. It is a sunny 64 degrees in Kansas today...I'm trying to blow some your way.

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 04:34 pm:

Wow! That view of the Portage Canal from atop Quincy is what I saw most everyday from where we lived when I was a kid. It was the old swing bridge then. Awesome!

First day of spring and we still have up north sized snow banks yet! They are predicting 2 to 4 more inches tomorrow again here in St. Clair county. For years our pond here has thawed like clockwork completely by the 23rd of March. Don't look like it will make it this year!

By Doug (Greenhermit) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 05:05 pm:


Yup, that's indeed the Green in question. Tolfree is a (very) small community south of Green about 6 miles - and Old Baldy a located on the trap range a few miles beyond. Tolfrey Creek is a corruption of the true spelling. Tolfree was named for John Tolfree, president of the Diamond Lumber Company which logged in that area during the early 1900's.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 06:25 pm:

We're getting ready to leave bright and early for the UP tomorrow
morning so we'll have a chance to see firsthand what the
snowbanks look like in the Ishpeming/Marquette area. Here in
Toronto they're still high, but I can tell the big meltdown is on its
way. The winds are wailing as I write this. I heard robins singing
the past few mornings. This morning there was a nearly full moon
in the sky.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 07:57 pm:

Doug (Greenhermit):

Wow, thanks for the geography/history lesson!
T'is always great to learn somethin' new ... or old!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 10:19 pm:

That's interesting, Russemmons. We spent much of the day in Troy, apparently a few miles from where you are? The only snow banks that we saw down there today, anyway, were just a few dirty snow hills left from plowing, in the shade in parking lots, or on the shady sides of hills in forests. I marveled at the lack of snow down there, which was not what I was expecting to see.

I am happy that our streets here in mid-Michigan are now clear of snow and ice. It was really nice to be out today, to see some blue sky and sun, at least for now, for a change, after being cooped up almost all winter!!! Most of our snow is pretty much gone, except in the shade, at least for now, finally!

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 02:59 am:

Marianne: We are about 45 miles Northeast of Troy near the St. Clair River and Marine City. This area from north of Port Huron down to Anchor Bay is notorius as a "snow belt" of sorts. Being also the eastern most part of MI we got clipped last week with the edge of the huge storm that dumped so much on Cleveland, Buffalo, and points east and south. We got an additional 4 to 6" that weekend that just to the west of us got little. We've had lots of snow all winter and it was getting to where I didn't know where to pile or push it to for awhile! Yes it has melted mostly off the lawns just in the past few days. Note we are in a rural area not like the concrete and blacktop urban and suburban heat island areas like Troy, Warren, Roseville etc. where the snow melts faster. We went into downtown St. Clair the other day and snowbanks in the super market parking lot for example were still over my head! (6') Still waiting for a few 50 degree + days!

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 03:17 am:

Trolland, February, downtown Marine City on the St. Clair River!


By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 08:44 am:

Aah, you are not where I thought you were, Ressemmons! My bad--I'm sorry. I thought you were a lot south of where you are, and even southeast of Troy, for some reason. I do apologize! :-) Yes, you did have a lot of snow over there this winter, as did we, but I'm sure that you beat us by a bunch!

That is a gorgeous picture of the lighthouse in the snow! Thank you! I love Michigan lighthouses! (Yes, I have a Lighthouse license plate on my car.)

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