Sep 05-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: September: Sep 05-08
Spray Falls    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Jeff Kalember
Hiking joy    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Jeff Kalember
Beaver Creek Bridge    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Jeff Kalember
Abandoned car    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Jeff Kalember

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 05:53 am:

Last week, we were treated to a pictorial of the meals Jeff Kalember and Co. partook of, as they hiked the Lakeshore Trail at Pictured Rocks near Munising. Today we get to see a few of the sights they encountered on their hike, with the first one a dramatic falls, cascading over the steep edge of the cliff, called Spray Falls. The lone tree standing on the edge is quite an impressive sight too.

That's Jeff and his son, Andrew posing in front of a trail marker along the way on their 43 miles of hiking joy. I can't tell if this is the beginning, the middle or the end of their hike, but they sure look like they're packed up and ready for the challenge.

The next shot is Andrew on the Beaver Creek Bridge, which is quite the little architectural structure out there in the middle of nowhere. Sturdy looking and yet blending with the natural surroundings so as to not take away from the woodland experience.

Now for this last photo of Andrew checking out an old jalopy and we'll end with Jeff's question about it. He said they encountered this car at least 5 miles from any road, so what's they story of how it got there and why was it left there? Can anyone solve this mystery for us?

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 06:00 am:

Great shots - all of which have me yearning for the UP rather than sitting at this desk! Thanks for the Friday pick-me-up!

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 07:43 am:

Spray Falls is a wonderful and quiet place. When I was there, the wind was howling and the falls were pretty much sideways, or at least at a 45. Obviously, the falls are cascading over Munising Formation sandstone.

As far as the car, my theory is that at one time, there was a small two-track there and during hunting season, the car gave up the ghost and the hunters left it when it died. At least it sounds somewhat plausable........

By Serena Sturm (Serena) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 08:03 am:

OH MY Spray Falls is beautiful!!


By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 08:04 am:

Perhaps the car had a history of rum-running or moonshine. Or maybe a stolen car once upon a time.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 08:05 am:

That's a great father and son adventure. They are both lucky to have such a good relationship.

Jeff...your son does you proud, respect him for it.

Andrew...enjoying the outdoors takes a healthy, fit body as I'm sure you already know so take care of it. Nature has its own high; you don't need cigarettes, drugs and alcohol messing things up. (That's my sermon for today :))

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 08:35 am:

Great pictures. Looks as if they had a terrific time.

By Connie, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO (Connie8792) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 08:45 am:

Great pictures!

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 08:54 am:

Beautiful picture of the falls. As for the roads, there were some at one time. The chapel falls trail is quite wide and easy to follow and I was told it was because it was a logging road many, many years ago. Much of that area was farmland at one time too but was abandoned or bought back as parkland so they would have had roads for that.

By William J Mullen (Billmullen) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 09:02 am:

Turn that car body over and you will find Jimmy Hoffa underneath!

By Michael Austin (Mjayeh) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 04:02 pm:

Wonderful pictures and UP-Goldwinger hit the nail on the head with his Nature High comments !!!! I have been getting my kids out for years to take in all the beauty we have among us. Even in and around the cities, you can still find a slice of heaven tucked away for your discovery.

By Mooselover (Mooselover) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 04:42 pm:

Jimmy Hoffa! We found an old truck in the woods (possibly 1939 or so) that is painted with the words American Casket Company, Detroit. So many mysteries...

The tree at the edge of that cliff reminds me of The Lone Cypress in Monterey, CA. But I think Michigan is more beautiful!

By Mooselover (Mooselover) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 04:45 pm:

Oh,one more thing...I just noticed this car is missing its tires!

By Jeff Kalember (Jeffkal) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 07:40 pm:

Yes, the trail is an old two track and the pictured rocks lakeshore used to be dotted with hunting camps ... so your guess is probably correct Capt. Paul. And yes, Goldwinger, I am very proud of my boy !

By Walter P McNew (Waltermcnew) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 08:20 pm:

fantastic picture

By Therese (Therese) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 10:48 pm:

Back around 1980 I came near to falling over the cliffs at that point, trying to push my way through an overgrown trail along the stream to see where it plunged over the edge. The brush was so thick I couldnt see my feet or even two feet ahead and I walked over the edge myself. Grabbed branches and got back onto rock with a new respect for the dangers of cliff walking.

I am awaiting a knee replacement in two weeks and have trouble walking to my mailbox, let alone hiking with a full pack. Maybe next summer!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 10:55 pm:

Hey, Therese: I had my knee replacement June 17 and it couldn't have went any better! If you have any questions feel free to email me.

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 01:16 am:

Can't see all the pertinent details, but all indications the old car is a 1941 Plymouth!
Note though whatever it is there is no rot rust! Only surface rust. Also I see many target practice type bullet holes in it!

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 01:21 am:

OK I see one little rust hole bottom front of front door. Bullet holes are small caliber probably 22s. The running boards are gone too.

By E. Neil Harri (Ilmayksi) on Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 01:48 pm:

I agree it looks like a 41 Plymouth. My first car. I owned half of it with my older brother.
He agreed to teach me to drive if I put up the money.I still know how to drive today.
We chopped off the fenders and drove it on the bush roads until it too gave up the ghost. I talked the owner down to $9 for it but had to buy a used battery and generator for it, That cost me $6 more and my brother installed them.
I was 11 and he was 13.Thats what we had to do before 4 wheelers were invented.

By Ken Lenz (Michupatv) on Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 03:35 pm:

The car was was from Hunters from below who encountered Big Foot on their adventure. In their haste they ran the five miles to the closest road never to look back again.

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