Aug 23-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: Aug: Aug 23-04
Fun in the sun    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Bob Gallun
Cool babe    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo from The Meerschaert Family

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 05:27 am:

In today's first photo, Eagle Harbor beach is many a travelers stop, even if it's an unscheduled one. Bob Gallun snapped the sun-crowd enjoying the day both in and out of the refreshing waters of Lake Superior. I can remember as a youngster, going for a Sunday ride, watching the scenery flashing by my window. Then as the car neared Eagle Harbor, my brothers and I would start begging to stop at this very beach to cool off. Of course we didn't always get our way, but it helped to be a little rambunctious in the back seat, then Dad would be more apt to stop and let us run off some steam! Now as an adult, I'm thinking we did our parents a favor, making them pause to enjoy the beauty too.

We threw in another shot as an extra bonus to start the work week. It's from the Meerschaert Family, celebrating summer in the U.P. with a collection of vacation photos over in the Guest Gallery. Nice shades, Babe!

By bt on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 05:32 am:

Good Morning
First Post

By Shawn, Waterford Michigan on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 05:32 am:

Good Morning.

Looks like a lot of fun. I can't wait until I get to the UP in October. Plans are to rent an airplane from the airport to do some site seeing over the UP. Just counting down the days.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 06:38 am:

Mornin', can we stop here? PuLLeeeze.

Yes, but only a few minutes :o)

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 06:41 am:

For those who missed it over the weekend, we had a memorial page with pictures of our friend Dan Urbanski. Dan's wife Patty posted a message ("Love of My Life") you will find very meaningful. See Memorial Notes.

We continue behind the scenes in preparation for the 2005 Pasty Cam Calendar, which will be filled with your favorites from the collective works of Dan Urbanski. We hope to have the calendar ready to send out by the end of September. Ordering information will be available later this month.

Have a good week.

By Barb, MI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 06:46 am:

Good morning to all.

By Karen & Doug, Kenosha WI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 06:51 am:

Our visit to the U.P. is drawing to a close this morning as we prepare to depart Houghton and leave our oldest son for the first time as he begins his first year at MTU (sniff...). But at the same time, we are rejoicing, for he is a cancer survivor, and only 5 months ago, we thought this day might never come. Andrew, we just want to say that we are very proud of you! Best of luck as you begin this new chapter in your life. Love, Mom & Dad, Christina & Emily

By smf in troll land on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 07:00 am:

Good morning everyone!

By Karen & Doug, Kenosha WI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 07:02 am:

One more thing (haven't had my coffee yet!)... hello to our U.P. cousins: Jack & Maureen, it was great to see you yesterday! Tom & Dorothy, we hope to see you next time (you were probably out in Silver City). Thank you all for your prayers and support!

By Brad of Canton on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 07:11 am:

Hello to all. Here I sit back at the desk. It took a week to get back into the groove. Had a blast camping. The last four days were cold and rainy though. The morning we broke camp, the lake was so loud it sounded like a huge waterfall. Nothing finer then 44 degress and high winds and rain. The AmericInn was a great spot to spend the last two days.

By anita, mi on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 07:13 am:

morning all. Yes I remember the Sunday rides and stopping at beaches and roadside parks. Memories.

By Ken, Kalamazoo, MI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 07:16 am:

Good mornin' from Kalamazoo.

By jdow from St. Ignace on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 07:18 am:

Good Morning
I found this web site a couple months ago and have visited it often. Enjoy the pictures and comments. A hearty Thank You to the people who put the work in to keeping it up.
If there are any of you out there who remember the Dow's from Fort Wilkens in the 40's and early 50's, the three siblings and various others will be in town (mostly camping at the State Park) this week. We would enjoy swapping stories.

By mckenneyp, GR MI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:03 am:

Good Morning everyone. I have driven by this beach so many times... I have only stopped a handful of times though. But it is certinally a very nice area!

Have a great day everyone!

By Charlotte, Mishawaka, IN on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:15 am:

What a picture to send me back to school this morning. When I get there it will become my wallpaper to help get me through the day.

By Bek, Fond du Lac on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:20 am:

Good Morning! We actually had weather nice enough to hit the beaches this summer? LOL : )
I think we hit the pool only a half a dozen times.
I heard the leaves have started changing colors up your way already. True?

By Cindy, St. Clair Shores, MI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:33 am:

Good morning. We just returned last night from a week in the copper country. I am always so astounded by the beauty that surrounds me when I'm there. We were able to log on to our computer last Wednesday when I was shocked to hear of the passing of Dan Urbanski. We happened to be leaving that day for Silver City which we had never visited before. After seeing the Porcupine Mountains and the surrounding area, I understand how Dan loved that part of our state so much. He clearly shows his wonder of nature in all of his photos. My sympathy goes out to his wife, his friends, and his family for the loss of such a wonderful artist.

By Meggie, MI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:49 am:

I am wondering how many of the people who posted on that they were waiting to come to the U.P. for a vacation/visit earlier this spring, did get to come and how their time went?

By David S. - Port Charlotte, Fl. on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:50 am:

Good Morning all, from what was 'the eye of the storm'. I finally got my phone line back up since Charley knocked it down over a week ago. Power is still out but a newly purchased generator has brought me somewhat back to civilization. I was very fortunate to have sufferd minimal damage compared to so many other folks. My Florida room was blown out, most of the trees are gone, one fell on the house and some damage to the car, but again, that's minimal comparatively.
In the past I've always wondered why disaster victims considered themselves 'lucky'; now I know. Luck can be a relative term in a difficult situation. On the up side, tradgedy also brings out the best in people. There are so many neighborhoods working together, caring for and helping those who are in most need. We in Southwest Florida are being tested and I'm glad to say we are passing with flying colors.
The human spirit is amazing in Amreica and it apperars that no matter what the difficulty, it just makes us stronger. I'm so proud to be an American and a native born Yooper.

By ddm on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:51 am:

Good Morning from Gurnee Il,
Hope to see you at the 10th annual YOOPERFEST this Saturday Aug 28th.from 1 to 6 pm at George's Club Highview in Kenosha.

By Bob on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 09:05 am:

to Karen & Doug, Kenosha WI,

Rest assured you are leaving him in good hands.

I was just thinking about my first trip here this
morning. 27 years ago I left home for the first
time to check into COED (now McNair) hall at MTU.

Enjoyed it so much I never left. I've worked for
MTU since 1985.

Let Andrew know if he every needs help or has
questions, my door (or email) is always open
to help students.


By Justin - Esky on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 09:37 am:

Back to School, Back to School. Awe those words are back for so many teachers this morning.

By Buttinsky on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 09:50 am:

That child in the water looks cool with the shades on but would be even "cooler" if wearing a hat. Wish I wouldn't worry about other people's kids! That wonderful but vicious sun burns through hair, too! Please moms and dads...your little ones don't know any better, but you do!

By sblaze,Oconomowoc,WI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:07 am:

Oh gosh,
I guess I'm not the only teacher that uses
Pastycam as wallpaper. We don't have kids
yet but we have to be here. Much as I love
teaching(art) I hate setting up the rooms(2). I
want to be back in Keweenaw but that won't
happen until after football. Have fun all you
lucky people who can get up there and good
luck to all the teachers at the beginning of a
new year.

By Jeff, FL on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:14 am:

We moved from Homestead, Florida, to the radar base near Calumet in August of 1981. Our kids were 6, 6, 5, and 3 and were used to life in shorts and bare feet. They were also used to warm water at the beach.
When we arrived in Copper Country, we drove around to explore our new surroundings, and stopped at Eagle Harbor and saw the beach, just as it appears in today's picture. The kids, of course, reacted as all kids do and always have..."Please, please, please let us go in the water!"
We warned 'em! That water is going to be COLD! Well, they waded right in, only to dash back out almost instantly! What a comedy to watch. Big difference between 88 and 65 degree water. Mom and Dad just enjoyed the sunshine and sand.

By shy yooper on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:51 am:

Good Morning......the leaves are turning and falling in Negaunee.......8-(

By maijaMI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:54 am:

regarding did we wanabees make it up: I was there for July 4 and about a week and a half after that. Wonderful time. Great fireworks we could see right from our porch in Eagle Harbor, and very fun parade there. Went to Pasty Fest in Aggasiz Park, which was fun--no spirits dampened by the cold rain. Drove over Brockway, of course. Climbed the rocks at Esrey (sp?) Park and watched an awesome, awesome Superior storm come crashing in. Kids swam in Eagle Harbor and at Great Sand Bay. Brother found several agates. Had several Ambassador Pizzas and good dinners at the Keweenaw Mt. Lodge and Eagle Harbor Inn. Visited relatives; girls did some shopping. Didn't make it to Bete Gris or White City or Brunett Part, but there will be other years. Locked Roudy and Ann into their cabin--but that's another whole story. Totally great!

By Yooper in PA on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:56 am:

The pictures last week were a fitting tribute to a fabulous photographer. I cannot count the times I have seen some wonder of nature and wished I had a camera to capture the fleeting moment. It was as if Dan did have a camera every time he witnessed one of nature's miracles. All of us Pasty Cammers are fortunate indeed to have had someone as talented supplying us with our daily Yooper fix.

By kosk in Toronto on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 11:04 am:

What a beautiful tribute from Dan's wife,
Patty. I cried when I read it, and later again
when I thought about it. I'm glad "Love of My
Life" had the last word on the Memorial page
and that she was kind enough to share what
the funeral service was like.

By yahoo in flatland on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 11:07 am:

Meggie in MI...
I made 2 trips this summer to places that we read about here on Pasty Central, that we would otherwise probably not have visited...
Porcupine Mtns & Copper Harbor & Brockway Mtn in the Keweenaw.
We regulalry visit Iron County, MI, but rarely venture further North, mainly because after 6 hours of driving from Flatland, the last thing we want to do is drive more...
But this year, after finding PastyCam in April, we felt inspired & "had" to go on these extra trips, to experiance for ourselves all these gems in the UP!
BTW, wherever we stayed or ate, we mentioned that PastyCam had lured us there & almost always got a big smile from the person we were speaking with.
Loved the Keweenaw, looking forward to returning in fall & winter...

Speaking of which, how are the leaves doing in Keweenaw?
We are planing a trip Labor Day week...
would that be too soon, or too late, this year, to see the colors at their best?

By wannabe, too on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 11:17 am:

You can already see some leaves changing by looking here

at the Tech webcam posted to look at the Admin building. Hard to believe it's starting so soon...does that mean winter will come sooner, too?

By Marcy/AZ on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 11:57 am:

I have to say I was thrilled when I saw the picture for today. I spent my entire chidhood going between Minneapolis and Eagle Harbor and I consider the UP as my home. I spent many a day on that beach, sure makes me wish I was there now( cold weather or not). Thank you for having such a wonderful site it sure helps me get through my day when I can get a glimps of home. I love all the photos of UP. I would also like to say that all the photos from Dan Urbanski are amazing! he truly was a master with the camera and his glimps of the UP will be greatly missed. I also enjoy reading all the postings from everyone, I do not know any of you but, I feel like I`m reading letters from family members. Have a great day everyone and god bless!

By Kim near Lansing on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 12:07 pm:

Leaves are also turning and falling here near Lansing!! It is happening so fast!!! :(

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 12:53 pm:

Loved the picture from Sunday of the trip way down the hill, took the newer version myself when we were visitng the Mine in July.

I have asked this question before, but does anyone know of a good website or a library or something that would have an archived list of the names of the workers in the Q Mine? I did look at one and it was really hard to find anything.


By Biz near Kalkaska on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 01:03 pm:

and now for something completely off topic (whatever THAT means!)

This post is for Cousin Jack, yooper, and Helldiver IL: Y'all are ABSOLUTELY correct. The pic o' the day labeled as being from the Black River is from the Silver River taken as we worked our way down M-26 from Copper Harbor.

We'd spent the previous day stomping round the waterfalls of the Black River. As I previously stated, my record keeping left much to be desired....yeah, yeah it's a work in progress.

It didn't help that neither me nor my paddle partner remembered even stopping at this spot much less recording it on film. I attribute that to a bad case of CRS (can't remember squat!) We were both on visual overload, too. Such are Copper Country summers.

Profuse apologies for the confusion I may have caused and many thanks to the alert folks who set me straight. Sorry for the delay....much family and friends have been dropping in for visits the past two weeks. Much guided touring was done leaving little time for this posting correction/acknowledgement.

BTW, Lake Superior was warm (!!!) at Misery Bay in July of 98. I remember the lake tossing me back out when I braved it in early June by McClain State Park as a dumb frosh at Tech waaaay back in '67.

By Quincy records on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 01:07 pm:

Michigan tech University has a whole archives of quincy and other mining company records.
start here

By SUZANNE/ WISCONSIN on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 01:30 pm:

TO MEGGIE, MI We spent two glorius weeks camping at Fort Wilkins. Brought along our 11 year old grandson. Spent lots of time showing him the great sights of Copper Harbor. He even challanged one of the role players at the Fort to a game of chess. And beat him!! I got to meet Sharon Smith and met lots of new friends. I know how jealous I was when I read the postings of the ones getting ready to go to the UP. Then we went and didn't want to come back. Now I read the postings of the ones going up this fall and am jealous all over again. Oh well. Next year.

By Tom Michigan on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 01:34 pm:

A special thanks to the web cam providers which affords me a look at the weather in the Copper Country on a daily basis. It is a daily dose of God's Country and brings back all the summers spend at the cottage on Lac La Belle. More than 4 decades I might add.
Good to read the news from others that can't get there as often as they would like, shows something special about the Keewanaw.

By cheryl mi on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 02:03 pm:

mary or charlie, why aren't my postings going thru?

Cheryl, I just tried emailing you, but it was returned undeliverable-not accepting mail from me. Not sure why your posts aren't showing up...this one did, so try again. Email me if they don't show up:

By Bob G. Houghton Lake, MI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 02:12 pm:

Just got back last night from a week+ in da U.P. Lovely time again. Snorkeled in Munising, saw sunsets in McLain, had backroad adventures to High Rock Bay, Montreal Falls and Copper Falls, toured Laurium Manor and the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, and visited some L'anse area falls on the way home. Sheesh, no wonder I'm tired! I'm gonna need a vacation after that vacation.:) It's gonna take a while to scan through five rolls of film to post to the guest archives, but it will be worth it.:)

So sad to hear about Dan U. Found out Tuesday while logged on through the cybercafe in Houghton. I kind of dedicated the rest of my week's photo taking efforts to him.

By B+E on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 02:35 pm:

Jim B.

Good luck at the bank tomorrow!

By ert, GA on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 02:39 pm:

Earlier today there appeared to be a Sandhill Crane ON Sharon's deck!

By Mr. Bill on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 02:41 pm:

Yahoo in flatland,

For the last two years at least, it seems that prime color season in Keweenaw County was the first week of October. As strange as this years weather has been, it's anybody's guess. A few maples along Route 41 are already changing.

Good luck!

By SUZANNE/ WISCONSIN on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 03:38 pm:

TO MEGGIE, MI Almost forgot grandson picked billberries and we had billberry pancakes at least 4 times while camping at the Fort. Yum!!!

By Roudy Mi on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 03:46 pm:

Being locked in with Ann was fine with me. Thanks Maija!

By Roudy Mi on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 03:49 pm:

Leaves are Fall ing so soon? So much for global warming in the CC.

By thepiscator-IL on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 04:26 pm:

Came back recently from my annual fishing trip
to Portage Lake.What a remarkable fishery!
If it swims, it`s in Portage.On some days we caught up to 8 species, in the same spot, within
2 hours. Quite a few keepers, although we released almost everything.Not many places like this around!

By maijaMI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 04:37 pm:

Roudy: IT WASN'T ME!! It was Kath! We told her that was a mean thing to do. (She didn't appreciate the humor)! I was the one who sent out the rescue squad....

By shelly/Yankee in Texas on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 05:12 pm:

Thanks for the link to the Q-records...

Just wondering, did all you IL people meet like you said you were going to on Friday?

By T, MN on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 05:17 pm:

Hi all. This is an oddball question, but since we're talking about Eagle Harbor today, i'll throw it out there. What is the church in Eagle Harbor called? What denomination? And how big is it? (We're getting married next May and would love to have it up there!)

By walter p tampa on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 05:38 pm:

went thru eagle harbour ist of august a very nice place indeed

By Jim &Eileen- Milwaukee on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 06:30 pm:

Jim B...Good Luck at the bank tomorrow!!!

By downstate don on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 06:48 pm:

Karen, Tampa; Did you get back from the U.P. yet?
Just wanted to know how you enjoyed your trip and
how was everything when you got back. Bet the
temperatures are a little bit more toastier.

By Northwoods Hiker, MI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 07:08 pm:

The beach pic looks good. Hope to get at least one more dip in Lake Superior before summer's over. Chilly today but they are forecasting temps to get into the 80's here by Friday :) T,MN... I'm thinking the church in Eagle Harbor is called St.Peter's By The Sea. I'm sure someone else will be able to offer more info.

By Paul, MI on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 07:32 pm:

For information on use of St Peter by the Sea Church for weddings, go to and click on Bulletin Board. Information on the church is at bottom of bulletin board page. The link is on Pasty Central homepage as well.

By mo, lac la belle on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:39 pm:

There is also Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Eagle Harbor

By flyin troll on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:58 pm:

Karen and Doug......congratulations on your son starting da Tech. My father drove me from Detroit to Douglass Houghton Hall in September of 1964. He pulled up to the curb, as 41 used to go through, opened the trunk, lifted out my suitcase, shook my hand, and wished me good luck. The old codger never even checked me into the dorm. He got back into his 63 Ford and headed South as he "had to make time." My mother still frets over it, but it was the best thing that ever happened. I survived the Army, Law School, and federal law enforcment participation, mostly because my dad knew how to send em from the nest..........Tech is special.

By Therese from just below the bridge on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:58 pm:

Down here in Emmet County (just south of Mackinac) my 80+ yr old neighbor went out after dark to shoo the racoons from her bird feeder, and found herself face to face with a bear. A big one, she said, but then they are all big from 4 feet away. She backed into the house and called the sheriff, but the bear had already left. Now we know who has been getting in all the garbage cans and emptying the bird feeders. I like Nature but prefer bears at a safe distance.

By T, MN on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 09:53 pm:

Thanks for the info! I'll check it out... :)

By LureCleaner on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:39 pm:

Piscator - you're welcome. My fishing abilities have been keeping the stock in the Portage up for years! :)

By Rice Lake Alison on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 11:55 pm:

Meggie, MI:
Our family made its "in mass" migrigration to Rice Lake in June (a bit too cold), boated, skiied, tubed, hiked, swam, and lounged through July, Then canoed Isle Royale, hiked and berry picked (and ate!!) right up to now when we are thinking of jobs and school. A couple more weekends if we are lucky...sigh, a great summer for all....

(OK, my husband says that for truth in advertising I need to clayify that far too much of his summer was spent putting the beautiful new steel roof on the cabin-thank you sweetie!)

By bears OH MY on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 11:59 pm:

There was a story in the marquette paper i think..just a week or so ago about a guy on grand Island who got woken up by a bear licking his ear!

By elsa, kearsarge on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 12:34 am:

There's nothing like a good bear hug. Just put a
little honey behind the ears before you decide to
camp out beneath the stars.

By Mary Lou on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 09:08 am:

T Tenn....My vote is for Holy Redeemer Church for a romantic is so historic. It was established by Bishop Baraga in about 1840 (?)and still has some of his vestments on display...... it has little doors on each pew and creaky wooden floors..... I never go to the Harbor without stopping in for a short ..(prayer)..visit. It has always been open to visitors when I stopped by...let me know the date and I promise to come to the wedding..(only 4 hours from Escanaba)..a recption at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge would make it perfect!!!!!

By T, MN on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 04:03 pm:

We're not Catholic, so I don't think it would work. :( We're having the reception at the Mariner in Copper Harbor. I can't wait! :)

By Mary Lou on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 09:11 pm:

T,MN...(not Tenn :>)....Best wishes..the Mariner is a wonderful spot for a reception.......maybe you could stop in and just check out Holy Redeemer Church in Eagle Harbor...I just love it!!!..God Bless.....we'll be thinking of you!!!....

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