July 12-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: July: July 12-05
Early morning fog    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Steve Brimm
Bright afternoon sunshine    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Kevin Henriksen
Wooden markers    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Mary Drew

Mary Drew enjoying the Isle Royale Islands on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 12:36 am:

The view you see here, is one I'm enjoying in person, over at Isle Royale today and for the remainder of the week. Steve Brimm captured a foggy, somewhat eerie look at Cemetery Island, while Kevin Henriksen, preserved a sunnier view of the little resting place, located just off Caribou Island. With a short trek through the woods, you'll discover there are still a few wooden grave markers standing. They're surrounded by fences, which are covered in lichen or moss, giving a haunting appearance to the little graveyard. For whatever reason, when visiting Isle Royale each year, we're always drawn to pay our respects to the little plot and its occupants. It's certainly not on the beaten path, since your only chance of visiting this spot is by boat and easiest access is with a kayak or canoe that can be pulled right up on the pebble shoreline. So I guess you could say these folks buried here, truly 'rest in peace'.

By Brita on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 12:41 am:

Good morning!

By Scott,Wi. on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 02:04 am:

simply outstanding place and grave markers.
They look to be wood??

By Scott on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 02:06 am:

What I mean is how did the wood survive?
I can't believe they aren't rotten and gone?

By Chad on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 02:17 am:

Hi Mary, Didn't I just talk to you this morning?? Wish I was there. Enjoy the peace.

By Brent, good morning from UPstate, NY on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 06:13 am:

I don't know the story behind this place, but it should have a movie made to tell it.

By Mary, NWOh on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 06:37 am:

I prefer the first view for today, a nice cool image to get me through another hot, humid miserable day. The second is beautiful as well, and the tombstones are awesome. Keep cool everyone,

By jAPEi on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 06:44 am:

All pictures is very beautiful and evoke much thoughts..sensitives thoughts!

By Mary Lou on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 06:45 am:

Arrived home, in Escanaba, yesterday after 12 days in Lake Linden for the 4th and my LLHS high school reunion...lots of fun. We had a float in the parade and sang the fight song and threw candy (never too old for some fun)....I think the fireworks in the park were the best ever. It was really crowded in the park ..the musc and food were great .I think everyone had a good time, especially the kids. It was a little bit of Americana.....I saw the new "Isle Royale Queen 4" at Copper Harbor.....it is beautiful and gets to the Island in 3 hrs. The previous "Queen" took 4 1/2 hrs for the trip. Capt Kilpela hopes that will inspire more folks to take day trips....they give you about 4 hours on the Island.........It is extremely hot and dry here in the UP....hoping for some rain soon!!!.....we are starting to worry about crops and fire danger.

By Donna on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 06:59 am:

How cool! I love checking out old cemeteries.

By Missin the UP from NJ on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 07:24 am:

Beautiful pictures today. I too, would like to know the stories behind those grave markers. So many interesting stories in the UP.

By Cindy, St. Clair Shores, MI on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 07:59 am:

What gorgeous pictures! Isle Royale is on the list of places I must see. Mary, keep your camera handy in case you see that moose I've been trying to take a picture of for years!

By Lorelei on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 08:17 am:

Wow! That first picture looks kinda scarry. It actually gave me the chills. You know it is a great photo when you can actually "feel" something from it. Great Job.

By Charles in Adrian, MI on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 08:46 am:

Oh, my, aren't those pics grand -- especially the misty first one.
You can just sense the moose and wolves somewhere in those
mysterious woods. I have never been to that wilderness island,
but I can say that I spent plenty of time in Isle Royale Queen II
while the Vinette boatyard in Esky built it in 1958. That was a
summer job of mine grinding off welds and then painting and
painting ... How dumb, hey, spending all that time working on
the boat and then never taking a ride. Pics like today's will get
me there sometime, I hope.(Frankly, this whole site just makes
you yearn to get back, doesn't it?)

By Knitter on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 08:53 am:

Could those be thimbleberry leaves growning near that tombstone?

By lmr in hancock on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 09:33 am:

I would love to see the island again. We've gone there many times as my brother worked for the park service plus concessions. We have many stories to tell about our kids...the boys built a raft and started to float out...they had to jump in the cold water and get to shore. As grownups they love the island too.

By joanne,mi on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 09:44 am:

these pictures are awesome.thanks for a great way to start a day.a good cup of coffee and the great people at pasty cam. i love this site!!!

By Mary Lou on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 10:04 am:

Charles in Adrian...Ruthie and Dale Vinette are friends of mine. Dale is still doing great at close to 90 yrs of age...he still does art pieces and receently did a brass sculpture of Delta county that hangs on our Delta County Bldg...it is beautiful.....Vinette boat builders did the expansion of Isle Royale Queen III but the new Isle Royale IV is a boat from Florida. Ruthie's son, Dan Branson, is in charge of Vinette Boat Builders now and they have done some great boats right here in Escanaba. Hope you get to the Island one of these days.

By Lori...Commerce Twp on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 11:00 am:

Wow...Todays photos really made me homesick. I could use some early morning or late day fishing in the fog, anywhere in the U.P.!!! Thanks for sharing Pasty.com! Lucky you Mary, get to go to Isle Royale!

By Ms. Katie on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 11:01 am:

My oldest daughter from Wis. is taking her 2 teens to Isle Royale this coming weekend. How I wish I was going with them. Hope she takes lots of photos. She brought back some fab photos last year when she took the kids tenting to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. I admire her so for her adventures with her kids!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 11:05 am:

Beautiful pictures today! They really give us a good feel for the island. Be sure to check out the What's UP page. I have a question posed for you all. Then check out the Pasty Net Spotlight every day. You can find out some interesting things there. Have a great day!

By Kristie Phx on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 11:26 am:

Just an FYI - There's a great article about the The Upper Falls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park in the Travel Section of CNN.com.

Mary Lou, my mother, Nancy Baker had a great time at the reunion also. You said it's very hot and dry in the U.P. . . . it's going to be 115 here in Phoenix (now that's hot).

By Dave in Kuwait on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 12:12 pm:

And it's over 120 here in Kuwait! We fly back for some home leave on Friday, I can't wait to be back in the Copper Country.

By sur5er on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 12:32 pm:


Have a wonderful trip home...and thanks for protecting us and our freedoms. You and everyone serving our country are in our thoughts and prayers everyday. God bless you for the ultimate sacrifice you are making for our country.

By Debbie - Painesdale on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 12:55 pm:

The Upper Peninsula made the CNN webpage: Nice article.

By Debra, Muskegon, MI on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 02:05 pm:

Oh my gosh, all three pictures today are so beautiful I'm having a difficult time choosing a favorite. Hey KJ, are you ready for a trip to Isle Royal? : )

By lz, mi on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 02:05 pm:

Dave in Kuwait, have a wonderful trip back to the Copper Country and a perfect stay! Thank you for all you do for us!

By KJ, Fremont MI on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 02:28 pm:

Debra, I am more than ready. This is one we should add to the vino tour!

By Lori, Ohio on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 02:39 pm:

Thanks for all you are doing for us. Enjoy your leave in the UP, you are so deserving of it.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 03:16 pm:

Wonderful pictures. Such a refreshing scene. Have a safe trip home, Dave. Mary, soak in the sights for those of us not being able to get there this year.

By Beverly, San Jose on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 03:22 pm:

Thank you Debbie of Painesdale for the CNN web page. It was a very interesting article. I remember my trip to the Tahquarmenon Falls as being one of my more memorable trips that I have taken in the Upper Peninsula. It is remarkable what Mother Nature has given for our eyes to feast upon, and to create memories that will last a lifetime.

By Charles in Adrian, MI on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 05:39 pm:

Such a site! Now I learn from Mary Lou of Esky that Dale Vinette
did the wonderful sculpture of Delta County that is on the front
of the county building. The thing I like best about that is that
Mr. Vinette included the islands of Delta extending waaay into
Lake Michigan. People don't seem to realize that islands like
Mackinac have to be in a county. I suppose that a relief
sculpture of Keweenaw County would extend in the same way
over to Isle Royale, right?

By walter p tampa on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 08:55 pm:

went to isle royale a few fish were taken lakers

By Shirley Laurin, Farmington Hills on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 10:16 pm:

My husband and I were at Isle Royale last week Thursday. The weather was gorgeous and the Big Lake was smooth. In the evening we walked in search of wildlife and, sure enough, we heard something coming through the woods and there stood a huge cow moose - it was really awesome. Unfortunately, didn't have my camera with me. We heard that the Isle Royale Queen IV was in the New York harbor on 9/11. It was used there for touring. Apparently, it was then brought down to Florida and then purchased for the Isle Royale service. Have also been across on the Ranger from Houghton, and that trip is about six hours.

By Yooper Kid on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 10:32 pm:

Check out the neat article about the U.P. in today's cnn.com:

Michigan Article

By Ken ja mImi from da UP on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 11:29 pm:

Hei Knitter, They sure look like thimbleberry leaves to me, too. Too hot for dis finnkai, we had 95.6 this aft. about 2:00. The lawn is like walking on pototo chips. :>( Waitin' for it to cool off.

By Victor P., Houston Tx on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 11:52 am:

Wolves and Moose... don't forget the foxes. On our last evening there a couple of years ago three kits came out to play on the beach. There was a group of about twenty of us snapping pictures and watching as they wrestled and played on the shore. We didn't see any wolves, but we did watch a cow moose for about half an hour as she moved slowly through the undergrowth.
Yes, those be Thimble berries.

By mary lou on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 10:21 pm:


By Ed Vinette (Tpaintpa) on Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 05:14 pm:

Mary Lou, if you get to see Dale and Ruth Vinette please tell them their nephew Ed Vinette says hello. I am Dales younger brother Noels son.

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