Friday: Outdoors

The snow queen returns to her throne

“Her eyes shone bright like the pretty lights that shine in the night out of Yerington town,” — Steve Gillette/Tom Campbell Stepping out to the wet street that morning, the capitol was covered in a feathery veil of snowflakes, the lights shining in a yellowish glow up high around the ...

Deciphering ‘sustainability’

MARQUETTE — Look across a sun-dappled clearing in the state forest not far from Newberry, and you’ll see some low-growing blueberry plants bearing ripe fruit and a sea of bracken ferns, with their leaves turning late-summer yellow. Look a little closer, and you’ll find the forest of ...

Gone fishin’ 11/16/18

Upper Peninsula • Overall: No ice on the inland lakes yet, but temperatures have been steady in the 20’s and night temperatures will continue to be in the 20’s in the extended forecast. • Portage Lake: A few brave anglers had caught some walleye. • Little Bay De Noc: Had walleye ...

Analyzing wildlife crime

MARQUETTE — Appealing photos of elephants and other African wildlife adorned the walls of Northern Michigan University’s Lydia Olson Library Wednesday to complement a presentation on that topic. The focus, however, wasn’t just about lions and other animals. Instead, it was on wildlife ...

Visit to personal site in forest inspires writer

“Blue autumn, there’s a rainbow in the sky, but no matter how hard I try, I still see only shades of blue.” — Bobby Goldsboro Not long after the sound of my car door shutting stopped reverberating through the quiet woods, I heard a light tapping sound off to my left as I began ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Ontonagon River: Salmon and brown trout are present in the Middle Branch. Fish were seen north of M-28. Falls River: Near L’Anse also had salmon and brown trout for those targeting them. Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported fair action with the better catches for ...

Healthy hay

EBEN JUNCTION — A plot of land near ET and Tunteri roads has been the focus of students at Superior Central Schools who are getting an idea of the science involved in being a farmer. Students in Tim Bliss’ agriculture and forestry class have been involved in the Healthy Soil Hayfield ...

Outdoors North

“Dark and dusty, painted on the sky, misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye. Country roads take me home to the place I belong.” — Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver The morning was damp and chilly with the kind of wet cold that settles into your bones, but a soft, warm layer ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay: Those trolling in shallow waters had nice catches of coho, brown trout and splake. Most were using a flasher/fly combo, spoons or stick baits. Most of the fish were still tight with spawn so look for fish pushing up into the river soon. • Marquette: Had a ...

Halloween season raises ‘ghosts’ of the past

“Mr. Diamond Sky tell me the truth, will there be any real satisfaction? Diamond Sky, oh well tell me the truth, are my wheels spinning closer to traction?” – Steve Forbert The house stood ghostly white against the black night sky. Long, slender and pointed fingers of bare tree branches ...

Gone fishin’ 10/26/18

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Had another slow week. Very few boats are going out. Rumor has it those fishing off the end of the breakwall in the Lower Harbor caught lake trout and the odd steelhead. Some boat anglers were going upstream in the Chocolay River. Higher water levels made fishing ...

Disc golf course opens at K.I. Sawyer

K.I. SAWYER — A lot of land at K.I. Sawyer — the former U.S. Air Force base — is vacant and not being used to its potential for a variety of reasons. At least one area now has a good purpose: flying saucers, or rather, flying discs. The Sawyer Disc Golf Course recently opened to the ...

Disc golf basics

MARQUETTE — The name “disc golf” is pretty explanatory, but in case you want more details, the Professional Disc Golf Association has a guide to disc golf on its website at pdga.com. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, but instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying ...

First wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park

HOUGHTON — Though this was indeed the place, it didn’t look now like anywhere that would gather the attention of so many eyes and ears, hearts and minds. The afternoon was gray, with silvery clouds passing over the face of the sun, blocking her warming brilliance. This was the top of a ...

Outdoors North

The falling leaves drift by the window, the autumn leaves of red and gold. — Jacques Prevert Having pulled the curtain back, an early morning found me looking sleepily out the bedroom window, past the red-and-pink cobblestone patio and the green grass, overgrown, wet and drooping in the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: All the recent rain has the rivers running high and stained with lots of debris floating downstream which makes fishing very difficult. When they can get out, boat anglers looking to take that last trip were trolling in front of the Chocolay and Carp Rivers, ...

Island retreat provides writer respite

“C’mon go with me babe, c’mon go with me girl, baby let’s go to the cabin down below.” — Tom Petty The last fingers of sunlight slipped down slowly over the harbor and fell behind the blazing hardwoods along the top of the ridge, leaving shadows to fall across the gray, rocky ...

Boreal boulders

MARQUETTE — The local climbing community has long been into boreal boulders and the like, but now that’s taking a different dimension. The Upper Peninsula’s first-ever NMU Boreal Boulder Drytooling Competition, part of the USA Ice Climbing Competition Series, is set for 10 a.m. to 4 ...

Outdoors North: Visit to Isle Royale inspires, educates

“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key.” — Jack Tempchin and Robb Strandlund Though this was indeed the place, it didn’t look now like anywhere that would gather the attention of so many eyes and ears, hearts and minds. The ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Fishing started to pick up around the mouth of the Chocolay River and outside the breakwall in the Lower Harbor. Most were targeting salmon, steelhead and brown trout when trolling in front of the Chocolay and Carp Rivers in 30 to 50 feet. Shore anglers on the ...