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Photo by Donna MacIntosh

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 06:57 am:

Donna MacIntosh snapped this shot in Baraga, right outside of her sliding glass doors. Looks like these youngsters are feasting on some good, thick grass in her backyard. Don't worry, they have a Mama, she's just not in this picture. In the first few weeks of life, the doe determines the general area where the fawns will stay. Donna said this is the second set of triplets she's seen here, so maybe it's the same Mother doe and she's liking the safety of Donna's backyard for her young trio. These dainty little creatures will keep their spots until the fall, when they grow their winter coats. A word of warning to anyone encountering a fawn in the wild... please don't handle them, as the doe is most likely nearby. If the doe smells a human odor on her fawn, she may abandon it. Just enjoy the speckled spectacle from afar!

By dave s Mad Wisc on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 06:58 am:

good morning :)
First Post

By dave s Mad Wisc on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 07:05 am:

They are pretty cool little animals...
here's some facts...

unfortunately for them around where I live, the urban sprawl has been pushing them out of their range...you see a lot dead on the road....I've seen them running in the neighborhood all afraid jolting and jogging as if in a panic...nowhere for them to run where they feel safe.

The population of them is nearly out of control. Plus CWD has affected the herd.

By Sherry in N FL on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 07:06 am:

Good morning world from North Florida

By smf in troll land on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 07:13 am:

Good morning everyone!

By Mr.Bill on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 07:16 am:

Great way to start a morning smile.

By Georgie, MO on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 07:17 am:

Beautiful babies!
We've had so much construction in our area of Missouri that I'm almost afraid our "friends" have left. We'll know for sure when the fall and winter come. It hurts my soul to see them dead along the highway. Lovely picture, though. Thanks!!

By Phyllis M IL on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 07:25 am:

Good Morning and what a great picture today. I was hoping that someone could update me on the gas prices in the UP? Also the temperature? Thirteen days my husband and I leave for Eagle Harbor and was hoping to get an idea what to pack. Thanks!

By Gary,New Jersey on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 07:25 am:

Jimmy almost hit one of these little buggers on his way to work. Be Carefull Out There!

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 07:33 am:


Yesterday regular was 1.97-1.99 here in Calumet, a bit more than we saw on the Pasty Cam back in '98.

1.09 for regular

Donna on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 07:35 am:

Aren't they just darling? I was so fortunate to get pictures of the little babes...One morning I looked out and they were out in the yard playing, they were jumping and chasing each other, and I mean chasing each other...running to beat the band! They've been quite the source of humor and amazement!

By Therese from just below the bridge on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 07:38 am:

Last year on an evening walk I came upon the hind end of a very small fawn sticking out of the green wall at the edge of a woods. Presumably the rest of it was hidden in the green. I believe it thought itself invisible which, if one can't see in color, it was. It didnt move a muscle. My two dogs never saw or smelled it; and after a while we moved on, and it disappeared into the green.

And once in an exuberantly green May I spied a doe's head motioonless above the tall grass, watching me, and then twin fawns began to leap out of the grass around her and disappear back into it, like dolphins out of a green sea. These memories keep me going all through February.

By Justin-aura on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 07:53 am:

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By Kelby on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 08:01 am:

They are sooooo darling!

By Tracy K., Clawson, MI on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 08:31 am:


They are just adorable! How lucky are you to see a sight like that out your back door.

By maijaMI on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 08:41 am:

Phyllis M: The Keeweenaw being a peninsula on an inland sea, it creates its own climate as well as being affected by larger weather patterns. Any time in the summer you need "summer" clothes and lots of warm clothes as well. Think Layering!

By Mary Ann, WY on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 09:02 am:

How lucky Donna is to see this out of her window. It is a lot better watching them then tv.
Have any of you ever heard of Gwen Frostic from Benzonia? I just found some of her poetry books, and they are lovely. Her poetry is all about nature.

By mckenneyp, GR MI on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 09:13 am:

11 Days... Oh I'm almost to Single Digits!

We are fortuante enought to live in a rural area of Troll land where we get to see lots of deer. But like so many other areas as it continues to get built up they are going to get pushed out.

Phyllis M: Pack for every imagineable condition. Even Snow :-)

We have been coming to the UP for close to 20 years and there have been weeks where it's close to 80 on one day and high of 40 the next. Happened last year to us!

By Joe Finn, Rhinelander, Wi on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 09:34 am:

Keeweenaw county is the only county in Michigan that has had a recordable snowfall in every month of the year.

By ed mi on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 09:43 am:

Gwen Frostic from Benzonia///They are naming a new park after the former poet/resident in Wyandotte, Mi

By Eric, IL on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 10:03 am:

What a nice shot! It looks to me like the middle one was just insulted by the one on the left. Maybe it went somthing like this. "Stop eating so much sis, your rear is getting big enough."
Have a good day everyone.

By LOO LOO MAE on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 10:27 am:


By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 10:28 am:

What sweet little things. When I was on vacation a couple weeks ago, my friend and I were antiquing in the Curtis area and saw twin fawns scrambling across the road. They kinda stopped, and looked at us, and then almost looked at eachother like "What's that?" It was so cute, then they went on into the woods. I have only seen one deer here in Texas, and it looked like a large dog. :( Miss our beautiful deer from the North.

By george,muskegon on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 10:28 am:

is there a sight where anybody posted pictures of the lighthouse cruise around the penninsula?

By November is coming... on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 10:49 am:

Boy those little deers sure are cute...

By Martha, MI on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 11:04 am:

Check out the wonderful new book, Lost in the Woods, by the wildlife photographers and authors Carl Sams and Jean Stoick at
It tells the story - using incredible photos and charming words - of why a doe leaves her fawn(s) alone in the woods during the first few weeks of life. A great book for all ages.

By Kosk in Toronto on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 11:08 am:

Any word from Darrell? It's been close to a
week since he had his surgery. Hope all is
well with him. Maybe in rehab somewhere?
He's still in my "international" prayers.

By vaalea on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 11:13 am:

Some words for Tiistai

takapiha (backyard) vieras (guests or visitors)

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 11:16 am:

So precious. We only get antelope here. I am posting the pic as a background on the computer so the grandkids can see 'um.

By Laure, former YOOPER in MN on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 11:18 am:

Hi To Donna Mac from "Tinker Belle" in Minneapolis !!
We sure had a good time visiting Cindy Lou !!!

By An Illinoisan driving fast through Wisconsin to get to Da Yoo Pee, Eh on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 11:28 am:

All I can think about now is Venison Tenderloin in Lingonberry
Sauce at the Harbor Haus

By YOOPER IN VEGAS on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 11:38 am:


By Big Sis in the L.P. on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 11:50 am:

Such a nice picture to see on an overcast and rainy day here in the L.P. Three weeks ago when we were in the Keweenaw, we saw a doe and a fawn next to the road between Eagle River and Eagle Harbor. They ran off into the woods, but we were able to watch them for a while. Only the fawn's ears and top of his head were visible in the tall grass, and the doe stood next to a stand of trees. Finally she must have decided enough was enough, and they disappeared into the forest.

By trish, wa on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 12:22 pm:

We live on an island near Seattle. a few years ago a
mule deer swam and found a home in 120 acres of
Douglas fir forest here. The city put up a deer warning
traffic sign, until one night it got hit by a car. Sigh... the
sign was taken down soon after, and we haven't seen a
deer since.

By ert, GA on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 12:59 pm:

We are over-run w/ White-tailed Deer. They eat gardens, flowers, shrubbery, etc. But the auto body repair shops love them!

By Judy Chesaning MI on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 01:15 pm:

Gwen Frostic born 4/25/06 died 4/25/01 Her life was far more than most people realized.
A beautiful tribute may be found at

By Joe Finn, Rhinelander, Wi on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 01:27 pm:

We live in the country and tried to make our yard like the city. Planted many shrubs, flowers, and tomatoes. The deer, squirrels, and chipmunks got them all. I conducted a very expensive fox urine, coyote urine, live trap war against them and lost. Then I realized I was trespassing on their territory. I gave up on the war and turned the property over to nature. This is much, much better.

By Ms. Katie, Il. on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 01:53 pm:

To Shelly/Yankee in Texas...I have the impression from past entries that you're in the Houston area.Have you ever visited the butterfly center there in downtown Houston? It's so fasinating to see butterflys emerging and to see the wonderful varieties they have. It's not the UP but there are special places where ever we live. You'll like it :)

By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 02:30 pm:

Could someone tell me where the "Covered Drive" aka "Aboreal Tunnell" is? And is this a road that you drive on, or is it a hiking or biking road? Thanks!

By elm on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 02:31 pm:

The Plane is on the Airport Cam.

airport cam

Stan--stuck in the mitten on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 02:34 pm:

Mary Ann, WY
I have been to Gwen Frostic's print shop in Benzonia many times. It is the most interesting building because she was adament about keeping a natural look. The building is mostly made of large field stones and logs. Even the roof is natural by the fact that she had soil piled on top with wild grasses and plants growing on it.
Around the building was a "wild" look of natural grasses, weeds, and a small brook with cattails.

Gwen was a marvelous woman who touched the hearts of thousands of people. She had letters from all over the world tacked to the walls of her shop, and awards from various universities and institutions.

She was the most welcomingest person you could imagine--she always took time from her work to talk to customers at the front desk and even invited people into her office just to talk.
She was happy to speak to various groups, schools, churches, and clubs in the northern Michigan area around Benzonia.

Most of her prints were made from wood block cutting that she did herself. In later years, I'm not sure she was the only one to do them, but she kept about six Heidelburg presses working.

She passed away about two years ago, but her company keeps going. They produce her books of poetry, stationery, placemats, calendars, etc.--all with nature as the motif. Her mark in Michigan's history is considerable, as well as anywhere in the world where people cherish nature.

By Shelly/Yankee in Texas on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 02:38 pm:

Ms. Katie, IL

I have not been to the Butterfly House, but have heard it is nice. I have visited Moody Gardens, Galveston, Chappel Hill, Huntsville, and many other sites around here to try to find lovely places to help with missing Michigan....you just can't compare the 2. I think once you've lived in Michigan, (I did for 30 years), you're so used to Natural Beauty that anything else is secondary.

I think people who live in other beautiful states probably feel the same way about their homes. All I know is that Michigan is the prettiest place I have ever seen.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 03:06 pm:

Shelly in TX: It's really hard to explain to people our forests here in TX are NOT the same as those in the UP, WI, etc. No matter what wildlife we come across down here, it doesn't match "home."

Joe Finn: you are so right. Making sow's ears into silk purses doesn't make the silk purse any prettier. I love the country. We have a lot of it here that has never been planted over (not enough to work with!!!!)

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 03:17 pm:

I showed people at work pictures from my recent trip and the most comments were how green and pretty everything looked. :)

By Troll'n Eagle Harbor on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 04:32 pm:

Audrey....SAN JOSE...If you're talking about the covered road up by Copper Harbor...US 41...It's a road that you drive on...

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 04:43 pm:

Audrey, you're most likely talking about the covered road by Freda.

By the way, did you all hear about the nudist colony for communists? Two old men were sitting on the front porch. One turned to the other and said, "I say, old boy, have you read Marz?" The other replies, "Yes, and I believe they're from these wicker chairs."

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 04:45 pm:

Whoops, I meant Marx! I don't use my x finger very often.

By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 05:02 pm:

Marsha, Genesse - Yes, I'm talking about the one by Freda. Where is it exactly? How does one get to it?

By Mark, WA on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 05:33 pm:


Take the Houghton Canal Road west (NW) off M-26. Travel 2.0 miles to Coles Creek and turn left (due west) on S-63. This is locally known as Coles Creek Rd or Smelts Road. After about 4 miles the road angles NW toward Redridge and becomes the covered drive. Enjoy!

By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 05:36 pm:

Mark, WA

THANK YOU so much for the directions!!!

By Stefani, IL on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 05:42 pm:


A fairly reliable place to get an upcoming forecast is www.weather.com. Type in the zip code for Eagle River (I think it's 49950). I always use 49930 as we stay in the Houghton/Hancok area. I hope you have a great time! My husband and I spent our honeymoon up there 3 weeks ago and we hated to leave. One of these days we want to live in the U.P. or the northern woods of Wisconsin.

Does anyone know the best job search site and/or resource for jobs in the U.P.?

My heart belongs in the Keweenaw!

By missin my home on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 05:54 pm:

Yes, please tell us where we can make a decent living so we can come back home!

By Cousin Don, Lower Mich. on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 06:14 pm:

Hey Cousin; What a beautiful work of art, the
picture of the speckled trio that you took. Makes
one "homesick" for the great North Country of

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 06:52 pm:

You've heard of a Calgon moment: Well, two days ago our refrigerator quit and the new one can't be delivered until tomorrow. Today the two-year-old's gerbils escaped. I caught one. Then my husband decided on the spur of the moment to gut the bathroom, rendering us toiletless through tomorrow anyway. We've got rotted lumber, torn up carpet, etc., everywhere. It's raining all day, and I even had to close all the doors, because it's so cold. And then I thought "Pasty, take me away." I got the four remaining pasties from my freezer, which came from Stillwaters and Pat's. I fed my very handy son, my home repair-challenged husband and myself. Comfort food and Toivo sauce has calmed me for the time being!

By elm on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 08:05 pm:

Hang in there Marsha. This too shall pass:)

By Beemer, the crossing on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 08:45 pm:

you're talking a renewable source of protein here, folks, yes! a renewable source of protein -
make sure those broadheads are sharp come October...

By Donna on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 08:55 pm:

Thanks to Joanne for scanning the pics too!

By maijaMi on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 09:09 pm:

Marsha: No frig and no toilet!? You deserve the patience prize. elm is right: it'll be worth it.

By ert, GA on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 09:25 pm:

Bless you, Marsha! My fridge died on my 50th birthday. I'll always remember that. And no one was home but me, so I had to clean out everything and pack stuff in coolers all by myself. :(

The covered road reminds me of something that happened when I was a kid. We had a road like that but we didn't go down it often. Once when we did, our little friend said, "Look, the trees are playing London Bridge".

By CCfan on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 09:26 pm:

Marsha, you're surviving like our ancestors did! Just
cover the food with sawdust, get an outhouse......!

By Hungry Yooper on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 09:27 pm:

To missin my home. Please why dont you join us yoopers. Who needs a job? You can live off the land but not very high off the hog. Lots of deer meat,patridge, rabbits and plenty of fish for making kalla mojaka,or dats what the DNR says anyway. Corse if you want that electric you have to stay in town with the big shots then you can go Burger King or Mr donalds cafe. Them cute lil deer ate all my garden vetchtables so now I will have to reduce there numbers. Good luck.

By Donna on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 09:37 pm:

Hey Laure! Congrats on the wedding! It's ALWAYS fun at Cindy Lou's!!

By Phyllis M on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 10:41 pm:

I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for their help today. My husband and I have come home to Eagle Harbor for over the past 10 years and as it gets close to the time to pack always not sure what to bring. Of course - you bring a little of everything -swim suits, shorts, sweaters, coats. Well, you get the picture. This is always a part of the anticipation and the thrill of the thought of another great vacation. Thirteen days to go until we get to the UP - hurrah!

By Ken from da UP, but in WI. on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 11:48 pm:

I have a doe on the 40 with twin fawns also. I see them when I'm cutting grass next to the hardwoods. The little ones were so small you couldn't see them in the high grass (in the hay field) 'til mama must've said, "C'mon kids, we have to go." Then just like some one upstream said, they looked like they were surfing through the hay. They're cute but there's SO many of them. Had a good time today in Oshkosh at the AIRVENTURE 2004. Very good airshow. Don't know how they can make those airplanes do what they do. They do cartwheels and tumble across the sky! It's nice to watch the warbirds, too. Going back for some more tomorrow before I head back UP home. Sure is hot there in the sun. Glad for the spf 25 stuff!
Hei, Marsha/Genesee - Aura, you've heard of Murphy's Law? ...and at the worst possible time.

By Kosk in Toronto on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 06:39 am:

Good Morning . Will I get to be the Early Bird?

By Bthecute1, San Jose on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 07:04 am:

Good Morning from San Jose. Hope the weather gets cooler today. It sure has been hot lately. Maybe the fingers of fog will reach over the mountain range and cool us off.

By Rachel, IL on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 01:49 pm:

Has anyone tried deer whistles? They attach to the grille of your car, and make a sound that can only be heard by the deer. I have seen many deer stop by the side of the road, instead of leaping across since I got my whistles. I think they can prevent accidents. They're very inexpensive to buy, maybe 3 or 4 dollars.

By PJ,MI on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 08:44 pm:

Phillis M: I have the Weatherbug on my computer - don't remember how it got there, but if you type in the zip code you want, you get a week's worth of forecasts. It's powered by AWS WeatherBug. Hope someone else on here can give better directions than I.

By Sista, MI on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 10:05 pm:

Beautiful pic sista! I seen my first fawn Monday coming back from White City, and I also seen my first wolf! That was a perfect end to a perfect day of kayaking. Later, L

By Donna on Sunday, August 1, 2004 - 09:20 pm:

Did you get a pic of the wolf? I wanna see it...toodles...Sista

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