Jan 10-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: January: Jan 10-05
Raging river    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Ashley Byykkonen
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Photos by Ashley Byykkonen

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 05:00 am:

Until I sat down to write these notes, I hadn't thought much about the name of the river in Eagle River. So I had to do some checking to be sure that it is Eagle River, that's in Eagle River! One of our newest (and youngest) Guest Gallery additions, Ashley Byykkonen, took these icy looking views of the river converging with the Big Lake. Looks like lots of power rushing together, meeting and creating a big splash! Ashley's Mom told me that attending an after-school program called "Great Explorations", at the Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools, piqued Ashley's interest in photography. Looks like we have a new budding Pasty Cammist in our midst! :->

By Janabana in Maryland on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 05:32 am:

Good morning from Maryland. I love the icy photo today. "Great job" to Ashley. Went to her gallery site and loved the sauna and sunset shots as well. A special hey to Yellow Girl and Nut Brown Maid, a couple of trolls very special to me. Have great day from a former Techie who loves the U.P., especially the Keweenaw.

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 05:40 am:

Good morning from Mishawaka IN. The pictures this morning make me want to turn up the heat. Have a good day everyone.

By Charlie [webmaster] in EAGLE RIVER on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 05:42 am:

Mary, I'm curious what you thought the name of the river was all these years?? In case you were wondering, the harbor up at Eagle Harbor is also named "Eagle".

No kidding, Charlie...I bet the Harbor up at Copper Harbor is Copper then too! :-> Actually on the River name, I guess I never really thought about the name before I had to write those notes, one of those things that you just assume, until it's time to put it in print, then you want to be sure, so you don't look the fool! I know, go ahead and say it....too late!! 8-]

By the way, I left a note in What'sUP about a big Pasty Sale, coming this Saturday, for folks who will be in the Copper Country.

By smf in troll land on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 06:25 am:

Neat pictures. Eagle River is one of my favorite spots UP there!

By maijaMI on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 07:29 am:

The top picture reminds me of Dan Urbanski's picture chosen for January on the calendar.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 07:36 am:

A welcome addition to the "photo" genius'.

By Sarah, Central WI on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 08:47 am:

Good Morning everyone! Ashley did a wonderful job with the pictures. Can't wait to see more!

By pam t, yooper downstate on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 09:17 am:

Ashley thanks a lot!!!! I haven't seen the lake in winter for eons! Your a darling and a fantastic photographer!!! Keep up the great work! Have fun!

By eric, mi on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 10:04 am:

great pictures sweet p!!

By Sue, Calumet on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 10:12 am:


Don't blame Mary. We live in an area where Lake Linden's lake is named Torch Lake.

By JAD, Oskar, MI on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 11:01 am:

The waters in the mouth of Eagle River vary as does the Big Lake. On Tuesday, Dec. 28, while driving my "Keweenaw Circle" route the mouth of the river was frozen solid and there was a small skating rink with a person skating on it and a hockey net on the up-river end! That same day there was a freighter anchored in Bete Gris.

By Dave, Laurium on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 11:02 am:

Looking at these pics reminds me of what's ahead for the Copper Country late this week, time to get out the long johns and stoke the furnace. Here's a blurb from the 'weather warning' by NOAA..

A blast of very cold air direct from Siberia will surge into Upper Michigan late Wednesday night and Thursday and persist into the weekend. Temperatures will fall below zero over the interior of west and central Upper Michigan late Thursday afternoon and evening and may not rise back above zero at many locations again until Sunday afternoon. Indications are that this cold wave could rival that of the early February cold snap of 1996 which set numerous records across the upper Midwest and upper Great Lakes.

Low temperatures Thursday night... Friday night and Saturday night will generally range from 15 below to 25 below zero away from Lake Superior. However... there is the potential for temperatures to be much lower... especially Friday night and Saturday night... if skies are clear and winds become light during the night. Close to Lake Superior... plan on low temperatures of zero to 15 below. Also... expect dangerously low wind chills... with readings falling frequently to between 20 below and 45 below late Thursday through Sunday morning.

Over the next few days... you may want to take the time to check that your vehicles and home are properly prepared for extreme cold. Ensure that your furnace is in good working order and that you have enough fuel. Stay tuned to Pasty Central for later statements concerning the bitter cold air arriving Thursday and lingering through the weekend.

Helen - downstate on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 11:03 am:

How do I order the PastyCam 2005 calendar? I am only a visitor to the Keweenaw Country but a faithful viewer of the Pasty.Com.

You can order you very own Pasty Cam 2005 Calendar, by following this link: Everything you wanted to know about ordering! While you're at it, order up some U.P. Pasties too! :->

By Dave, Laurium on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 11:07 am:

Oh, by the way, anyone out there from the Mississioi or Alabama or gulf coast area?? I am looking for a place to rent for about 4 to 5 months next winter. I plan on playing golf next winter instead of shoveling snow. I do need a place that will allow pets though. Any leads would be appreciated....

By Dave, Laurium on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 11:08 am:

OOPS! My bad, that's supposed to be Mississippi!!!

By John, PA on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 11:58 am:

Have been looking into visiting the U.P. this year. Never been there but looks beautiful. Now for the dumb question - having spent lots of time in NY's Adirondacks with black flies and mosquitoes in spring and early summer, can I expect the same in the U.P.?

By Misplaced Michigander, NJ on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 12:32 pm:

For John from PA - I can't speak for early summer, but if you go in late summer be prepared for really annoying and numerous house flies. And on the shore of the lake, the deer flies are not friendly! All this being said, GO ANYWAY!! The beauty, power and majesty of Lake Superior more than make up for any insects. Have a wonderful trip.

By LZ, SWMI on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 12:42 pm:

John, PA; if you can swing it late summer (mid to late August, early September) is great for few bugs. There is enough of a chill in evening to start reducing the pesky population. Whatever time, enjoy it.

By Barb Michigan on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 12:45 pm:

Eagle River is heaven on earth to me. We visit every year, and always find something new and interesting. As for flys...the worst time is in June (I think) because that is when the little black flys are swarming. They bite and they drive you inside. They also sneak up on you as you can't see or hear them. July, August, and the rest of the year is fine. Of course, there are big old deer flys, but they are not a big deal. But, the fact is that anytime in the UP is great, bugs or no.

By Paul in Biloxi on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 12:54 pm:

To Dave, in Laurium,I winter in Mississippi,going golfing in a few minutes.The temp.is 63,and overcast.
Check out www.gulfcoast.org,They can put in contact with a place to stay.

By ric in WI on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 02:00 pm:

Snow here in Milwaukee is incidental, a nuisance...

Snow in the UP is pristine, an ethereal stillness unto itself.

I MISS the UP!

By Raven/Downstate on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 02:11 pm:

All of my experiences in Eagle River have been during the summer, so I love seeing pictures taken during all the other seasons! Gimmee more, please?

By cheryl mi on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 02:57 pm:

Am I glad I'm here in Florida for the next couple of weeks. In the low 80's and sunny. Guess we'll have to take our lil granddaughter, Lauren Anne to Eagle River next summer when they make a trip up to the U.P.

By Jean, Lone Star State. on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 05:14 pm:

We in West Texas are about to get smacked with that cold front this weekend. Right now, temps at 75 with a howling wind......BRRRRRR!!!!!! By the way....great pics Ashley:)

By Janet in Ohio on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 05:17 pm:

Great pictures, we vacation in Copper Harbor every summer but great seeing the winter pictures.

By English teacher, WI on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 07:32 pm:


Responses to English Teacher can be found in
What'sUP, as well as ongoing football jabs.

By Wild Rose, Marquette, MI on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 09:23 pm:

Somber gray day, surly black waters swirl against stoic ice, the Keweenaw penetrates me to the core, always, my love.

By Bill P, Ca on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 10:56 pm:

You would expect that the Eagle River would flow into Eagle Harbor and that Copper City would be on the shore at Copper Harbor.

By M.B., IL-WI-MI on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 03:21 pm:

This is a great picture of the mouth of Eagle River! During the summer months, you can seem reminants of a pier to the right of the mouth jutting out of Lake Superior. They are just a few posts. My great-grandfather landed right on that pier from Finland around the turn of the last century (1900's). He ended up buying property and owning a home right in Eagle River. Years ago, he had a huge potato patch (before my time) and a few outbuildings. I remember the ruins of an old sauna house that once stood crumbling on the land. Today, this land and the family home is owned by his grandchildren.

I happen to love the other little creek ("crik") in Eagle River even more! It is known as "Matt's Creek." Of course, it was named after someone by the name of Matt who had a small home near it. I spent hours as a child playing in this creek. At one time, beavers settled in this creek in the mid-1980's and built a small dam.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane....

By Deward , Ocala Florida on Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 08:56 am:

Dear UPer's,

It's all those short days and darkness and isolation that makes you people nutso, isn't it?! I mean come on a "Pasty Cam"? and pics of frozen water....the next thing you'll be telling us that you have indoor plumbing and cable television. Y'all might want to consider some sort of therapy until June.

Love ya, Joey

By Paul J. Barrette Kenosha WI on Friday, January 14, 2005 - 09:12 pm:

Great Pictures Ashley.......she just happens to be my niece.....Makes me cold just looking at them. Sure don't want to see them in person in the winter but they are beautiful. Even more beautiful in the summer...

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