Sep 23-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: September: Sep 23-05
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Photo by Mark Dhooge
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Photo by David Cloutier

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 01:05 am:

In Marquette County, one of the more majestic spots to view the changing colors has got to be the precipice overlooking Lake Superior on the east and the Escanaba State Forest on the west. At the Sugarloaf lookout, you're 600 feet high, on a granite peak. Now, I'm not certain if Mark Dhooge is the gentleman on top of this stone tower or if perhaps he's the photographer, but either way, we here at Pasty Central are not advocating this method of taking in the vista below. That top shot seems to have been taken a bit before the colors started turning, but thanks to David Cloutier we get a better idea of the colors you'll encounter along the 3,200 foot trail that takes you to this spot. Check out this link for a bit more information and how to get there: Sugarloaf Mountain.

By Downstatedon (Downstatedon) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 01:46 am:

Looks like someone is sitting on top of the world.
Enjoying a great view. Good Morning Everyone!!
Have a Great Weekend.

By Renee Runkle (Renee) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 04:23 am:

What exactly is he sitting on??

By Cindy Lee Maki (Cindylee) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 06:04 am:

Top of the morning to you. Looks like he might be sitting on a smoke stack or a old wood burner! What ever it is, it's cool.

By Ann Hilton Fisher (Yooperann) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 06:43 am:

He's sitting on a memorial to a Boy Scout leader, one of the first in the nation, who died, IIRC, in World War I. The scouts carried all the material up there and built the memorial at the top. I believe the name is John Burt, but maybe some Marquette native with a better memory than mine will correct me.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 06:48 am:

Holy Cow! We won't have colors for a month.

By Donald R. Elzinga (Donagain) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 07:49 am:

It was Bart King from Marquette Boyscout troop 1 who was killed in WWI. Monument was built by the troop who carried all the stones up. Vandals knocked the top half over the cliff some years ago, but it was brought back up and repaired. You can still see the repaired area below his feet! If you are there when the full moon comes up you can see reflection across all three bays and the moon will help light your way down the stairs. Come to think about that it has been 50 years since I have done that!

By JOHN AND ANNE KENTUCKY (Username) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 08:04 am:

That scout leader must have been a "pillar" of society.

By Bob Gilreath (Bobg) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 08:45 am:

2 of my favorite places for fall colors are silver mountian in baraga county. Just south west of the prickett dam backwater.

and the top of Mt Lookout in Keweenaw count.

By B Leeds (Panda) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 10:58 am:

Since it's a monument, I think it's a bit disrespectful to climb up on it.

By Donald R. Elzinga (Donagain) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 11:39 am:

Panda - Millions may have climed the Washington Monument without any disrespect for our first President! I suspect Bart King is satisfied that many generations since his time have enjoyed the top of Sugarloaf and have taken with them, the lasting memory of Lake Superior's beauty. Disrespect was throwing the top of the monument over the cliff.

By Capt. Paul & Dr. Nat in Texas (Eclogite) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 12:20 pm:

Well, I made it back to Texas ok last night. The pictures you are seeing on the news is true; there is a mass evacuation out of Houston. US 290 from Austin to here was a parking lot last night. Right now, the winds have picked up over the past couple hours to about 10-15mph out of the north. At least the eye is expected to pass well east of here, so they are forcasting strong TS winds (45-60mph) with occasional gusts to 75 and about 6-10 inches of rain here. A lot of people have left the coast and came to this area to excape so we feel pretty safe, but still it will be a thrilling night.........

By Mark Dhooge (Markdhooge) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 01:12 pm:

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw my picture on the front page of this morning. The picture was taken on September 7th by my girlfriend, Tiffani. During her first trip to the U.P. I had to show off my two favorite lookouts......Lake of the Clouds and Sugarloaf. I hope the climbing of the monument did not offend anyone, however we've been climbing and giving a "toast" to that monument since my freshman year at NMU in 1996.

By Mark Dhooge (Markdhooge) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 01:33 pm:

Opps...I'm older then that.....I started NMU in 1986.

By Jeff Kalember (Jeffkal) on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 09:54 pm:

thats a hilarious picture. I have the same exact picture of myself doing the same thing in 1984 !! hahahahahaa

but the stone tower was smaller then !! they've made it taller since then ... ?? !!

By Lyn R. (Loonylyn) on Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 05:49 am:

What a dare devil! I wouldn't get UP there for all the money in the world.

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