Aug 14-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: Aug: Aug 14-04
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Photos by Nancy Nelson
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Photos by Nancy Nelson

Toivo from Toivola on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 06:30 am:

The magic of the Keweenaw showed up in Nancy Nelson's Gallery this week with these two shots. The drops of rain or early morning dew on this spider web give us a glimpse of nature's artwork at its finest. The second scene shows us the calm of the morning where the water laden web was spotted - - Lily Pond, which is located near the southern end of the Hancock Canal, near McLain State Park, inside the Lake Superior breakwall. A good spot to observe the natural beauty of the area and maybe wet a line while you're at it!

By UTE Men. MIch. on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 06:37 am:

good morning from the most southern tip of the U.P.
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By Leslie at the Northern Lights Lodge - Cadillac, MI on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 07:03 am:

Good Morning!
How are the folks in Florida doing this morning??

By maijaMI on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 07:07 am:

Beautiful peaceful pictures to remind of us mother nature's balance after Charley's work in Florida. Wonderful gallery, Nancy. You have an excellent eye for the truly beautiful.

By Yooper Willie on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 07:10 am:

Great shot - Now that's a WEB SITE !

By gfb dexter on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 07:11 am:

Lily Pond, does this connect to the Portage Canal? The farm my mother grew up on is near Lily Pond, but I have never stopped in there. Is there a place to park there?

By Georgie, MO on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 07:29 am:

Beautiful, peaceful, restful and we get to see it all in less than a month!! Yahoo!!! Love this website!!! I have seen and learned so much when I scroll through the pages, read the comments and check out the links. Thanks!!

By Dave Whitten, Farmington Hills, MI on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 07:29 am:

Great photos Nancy Nelson! Where can I find the Tamarack ruins?
Im a yearly (at least) visitor and kind of grew up in the Calumet/Sedar Bay area. My wife and I will be camping at Mclain in about a week and if anyone has other ideas about places for us to see, especially those with historic significance, Id love to hear about them. Cousin is the art and technical director of the Calumet Theater so we already have an in for that tour.
Thanks all for any input.

By Uncle John on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 08:00 am:

Wow! Nancy Nelson, what a photographer. Great stuff. Sometimes I think it's easy to get good pics in the CC because of all the natural beauty and interesting subjects, but I know better. Nancy's got a gift for it.

By Tom, Toledo,Ohio on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 08:18 am:

Good Morning.Great photos. Back in May we saw Bald Eagles across the canal at the Lily Pond public boat launch. A beautiful place to go!

By anita, mi on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 08:18 am:

Morning all. Beautiful pics.

By anita,mi on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 08:21 am:

Looking at the bridge cam, it looks like a great day there. I still prefer the changing seasons of Michigan and the snow over the hurricanes.

By Skylar in Wi on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 08:54 am:

Morning all. The second shot makes me want to put the canoe in. Next Sunday we will be in Twin Lakes. Can't wait, I haven't been up since April, and I am going into withdrawls! Later, Skylar.

By Jerry Florida on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 08:58 am:

Good Morning

We are fine here in palm beach just a little wind and very little rain, the west coast got it bad and looking at the news this morning there are some deaths but don't know the numbers.

By elm on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 09:01 am:

Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

By ed/mi on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 09:10 am:

I have 6 brothers and sisters that have retired and now live in Port Charlotte, Fl. Some even left their "summer homes" in Lake Linden because of the cold weather this summer. Keep them in your prayers.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 09:13 am:

Great photos. For some odd reason, dry, arid, West TX got its own Charley this morning. Thunder and Lightening. Makes me want to be with the spider's web.

By JJ MI on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 09:28 am: that speck in the middle - left of the lower picture a bird looking for food or a fish leaping up for food?

One can almost hear the slow lapping of the water, smell the (fresh air) woods, water, and the cycle of growth and decay. Just need Ann (of Green Gables) coasting by in a canoe reading poetry, or a vetern of the war, sitting there reflecting upon the past, future, to complete the cycle...

By Dave, PA aka Dave, Cairo on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 10:10 am:

Good Morning from Philadelphia. :-)

Made the trip back from Cairo without event. Just feels cold here. Guess I need to re-aclimate.

By Joe the Finn on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 10:12 am:

Get ready all you yoopers, get the pasties ready, keep the fish hungry and the beer cold cause I'll be there tonight.

By David H. Corryton TN. on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 10:52 am:

It's a very nice day here in East Tennessee,not so humid the past few days.Just spoke to my daughter in FL.she just moved there from the U.P.all is well around Land O Lakes area.
Can anyone remember what happened on this date one year ago?
Let's hear from some first time poster's today!Come on and jump in and get you feet wet in the Lily pond,us Yoopers don't bite eh?

By Nancy Nelson on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 10:53 am:

My apologies for my misspelling of McLain Park in my photo gallery. One would think that after a bazillion times visiting there in over 50 years I would know how to spell it !!!!

By darrell oinas/Saint Johns Michigan on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 11:09 am:

I found some interisting photos of the quincy mine at this web pageif anyone is interisted. i

By Paul in Illinois on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 11:23 am:

There are several different Tamarack ruins. Tamarack #5 is the easiest to find being at the intersection of M-203 and the Tamarack Waterworks Road. 1 & 2 are at the West end of Calumet's Oak Street where it converges with Portland. This area is the Tamarack Location. Nos. 3&4 are to the Northeast of No.5 in section 11, there are a couple of ways to get there on the local roads, but it is hard to describe. Tamarack Mills is well marked on M-26 between Mason and Hubbel that was the site of the stamp mills. Tamarack mineral was smelted at Dollar Bay. I have never been down to see what is left at the waterworks. All of these sites are ruins, some are well posted private property, and the mines in particular could be hazardous. If you are exploring around any old mine location be it in the UP or anywhere, ALWAYS, ALWAYS go with a buddy and ALWAYS watch where you step! There are holes of all sorts around mines ranging from a few feet deep to a few thousand feet deep. These might be utility trenchs where steam and air pipes were laid, outhose pits, wells, or subsidence into the mine itself. Don't take small children with you, they can disappear in a heart beat. There is a memorial to a little girl, Ruth Ann Miller, at Tamarack No. 4 where she fell in and died in 1966, and still remains in the mine.

By Karen... on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 11:26 am:

ed/mi: It is devasting down there south of us. They were so unprepared because they said we in the Tampa area were to take the direct hit. My son in Daytona made it, however the house across the street from them has a huge tree on it. I prey your family is fine. Were they in mobile homes or right on the beach? The phone lines and power lines are down in much of the Florida area. They said they would restore the power by priority not necessarily in the order they get the calls for repair. We are flying out this afternoon....UP here we come. Get the pasties ready. It's been a pretty awful couple days here.

By maijaMI on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 11:50 am:

Karen, you're lucky you are able to fly out! Thank goodness for you and your family.

Dave returned from Cairo: Welcome back! Cool will be the least of your worries since you've been used to ultra-dry. Charley's headed your way.

Paul in IL: thanks for posting the warning which I hope all will heed. My daredevil teenage brother had an experience with a mine shaft opening (since filled in) that I still cannot bring myself to think of. (He got out, thanks to his climbing ability and help of his friend.) And as someone brought up earlier, there are old, poorly capped wells. Visitors may not know where these are because some of the locations where there were many homes are now just grown-over fields. People had "capped" old wells with boards over the entrances which may now be rotted.

By maijaMI on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 11:56 am:

ed/mi: Hoping for the best for your brothers and sisters, and for you. It may take quite a while for you to learn anything since it was said their communication systems will be out for a week or more.

By Ann, Florida on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 11:58 am:

Greetings from Central Florida. We made it through, very lucky. Orlando International Airport is closed at this time because of Wind damage. Warnings were up from Ft Myers to the Swanee River. We had warnings for two days. MOTHER NATURE IS THE ONE TO MAKE ALL OF THE FINAL DECISIONS ON WHERE SHE WANTS TO MAKE LANDFALL

By Karen.... on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 12:20 pm:

Ann, Florida: Those that evacuated the area went to higher grounds (Orlando way) and they are some of the ones that got hit the worse. One cannot prepare for something as devastating as what just happened. Family in Daytona got hit last night and they were never prewarned.

By Karen... on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 12:33 pm:

downstate don, Well, they just delayed our flight out tonight. We'll have to wait at the airport and be ready, I guess. I think we'll be ready for that darn good pasty when we do get there.

By buckeye gal on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 05:18 pm:

David H,Corryton, TN- I remember. One year ago today LOTS of folks were sitting in the dark as a good part of the northeast was out of power. I have an awesome satellite picture from that night that I would love to share but don't know how to attach it to this site.

lofty view
A little help from Toivo

Margaret, Amarillo TX on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 05:52 pm:

And those of us out here on the plains were very thankful not to be tied into something across the Mississippi. In August, Texas without air is just plain crazy. Glad ol' dave got in from Cairo.

By ywb/yooperwannabe/richmond on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 06:02 pm:

Dave from Cairo,
Welcome Home. So glad your flight was uneventful.

By Russ E., St. Clair county MI on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 06:37 pm:

Dave H.: The great midwest blackout Aug 14, 03!
BTW: Happy birthday to Barb!

By flyintroll on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 07:33 pm:

Uneventful flights are always the best......Angelflight from Ann Arbor to Milwaukee this morning and home alone. All uneventful......the best Another clean bill of health for a 4 year old transplant...even better

By Dave of Mohawk on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 08:11 pm:

Was this site down this afternoon? I can't believe that no one posted from 12:33 to 5:18 p.m.

It was a beautiful day, in areas where there were not life threatening conditions.

By mom on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 09:10 pm:

dave the kids were scrapping again!

By wondering on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 09:44 pm:

why?? did we miss something?? GREAT pics BTW.

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 10:12 pm:

Hei Toivo, isn't McClain Park on the northern end of the canal? :>)
gfb,dexter the Lily Pond is part of the canal.
darrell oinas,St. Johns, kiitos for the link to the mining pix. Verrry interesting! My great grandpa worked at Quincy #2, grandpa worked at #2 also. My dad worked at Quincy #8 for a little while. He didn't like being underground. So he went into repairing radios and TVs.

By elm on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 10:22 pm:

Great day in Calumet today. Looks like Heritage Days were a sucess. Good food, Lots of good people, fun for the kids, lots of visitors who seemed to be enjoying it too.

By Joyce Tormala Toivola on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 11:31 pm:

Whatever will be will be. It was a GREAT day to pick thimbleberries out in the deep woods.

By anna h, texas on Sunday, August 15, 2004 - 02:56 am:

can someone tell me how to spell bunnugukku (<----purely based on how it sounds to me)? that's that egg-based finnish breakfast food.... um... it's GREAT- SOOO yummy. but i don't have any earthly idea on how to spell it! thanks!

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, August 15, 2004 - 05:49 am:

Anna, You're probably looking for "Pannukakkua", which you could have enjoyed this weekend at the Heritage Celebration in Calumet.

Finnish p and k sound alot like b and g, so you did a pretty good job of sounding it out.

Speaking of Calumet, things were really hopping last night. They had Fifth Street blocked off to traffic, and there was a band still playing after we left the Calumet Theatre, where we had witnessed another exciting performance of the Tamburitzans:


By elm on Sunday, August 15, 2004 - 09:13 am:

Anna, Pannukakkua is one of easiest things to make, although everyone has their own variation of the recipe, but I agree it's all very good.

By Dan, MI on Sunday, August 15, 2004 - 01:02 pm:

buckeye gal -

I experienced the blackout here in Detroit. So happy it didn't last any longer than it did. Things remained relatively calm and people were polite, but there was a sence of tension rising and I'm afraid it would've gotten ugly if the power didn't come back when it did.

As for your impressive photo of the blackout, I was duped on that one last year. Please refer to this website that unfortunately debunks the photo.

By David H. Corryton TN. on Sunday, August 15, 2004 - 05:03 pm:

Yes Buckeye gal and Russ it was the Blackout i was asking if anyone remembered a year ago.It was Barbie's birthday,and we still lived in the Metro-Detroit area.It was a miserable day,and for it to be on one's B-Day to boot!WE started to cook on the gas Bar-B-Q and then the rain came.I belive we were out of juice 17 hrs.some much longer.People were lined up for gas where ever you could find a station that had means to run the pumps.
So this year for her B-Day we went to a Drive In Movie Theater in Maryville Tn. and saw "I Robot" and "Catwomen".The neatest thing was we had our 7 month young Grandaughter with us.How many 20 year old's in 2024 can say they been to a Drive In Movie where they played 50's music?

By Ann, Fl on Monday, August 16, 2004 - 09:21 am:

Karen, Daytona had warning, six hours

By Mary, Milw WI on Monday, August 16, 2004 - 10:47 am:

Pannukakkua is one of my favorites too. I remember helping my daughter make it for a class project on ethnic food. The teacher thought it was pronounced "bunny poo-poo". We still call it that now!

By Karen.... on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 03:01 pm:

Ann, Don't think so! Four maybe and when you have a family, you can't get everything done.

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