Friday: Outdoors

Hanging out in high places

MARQUETTE — Climbing routes all over the United States with a variety of partners comes with a variety of experiences, from traveling in inclement weather to traveling with an accident-prone partner. Phil Watts of Marquette described some of those experiences during a Sept. 27 program at ...

Splendid day experienced in out-of-doors

“Oh, it’s a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September.” — Ali Staton, John Green, Stephen Granville As I sat out back in the iron-railed chair — with the brown, cross-hatched backing — the wind blowing through the tops of the trees and ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Lac Vieux Desert: As fall arrives fishing remains active for northern pike with a decent number over 24 inches. Muskie anglers were still taking a few fish even during the rain and strong winds. Walleye fishing has remained rather dormant. Panfish anglers did manage to catch a ...

Reach for the stars

MARQUETTE — There’s nothing like looking at a clear night sky with numerous stars and other astronomical objects visible to the naked eye and, if you’re fortunate, a really good telescope. Knowing the constellations, planets and other objects adds to the experience, and attending ...

Now is the right time to see those migrant species of birds

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.“ — Lauren DeStefano --------------- Saturday it will officially be autumn. It is all about the tilt of the Earth. At 9:54 ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula --------- • Munising: Fishing pressure was low. Water temperatures have started to drop and were just under 60 degrees near shore. The salmon action was still slow and splake fishing was spotty with only a few caught. ---------- • Grand Marais: A few boat anglers ...

Natural phenomenon captivates many

“Take a look at all the detail in a single little thing, just a single little snowflake or a tiny insect wing.” — Steve Forbert With the rosy pink of a sunny late-summer day barely evident above the eastern horizon, I was rolling south along the highway. The temperatures overnight had ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Lake trout fishing continues to be good. More anglers are starting to target both the Carp and the Dead River but most had no luck. • Au Train: Lake trout fishing is still very good just north of Au Train Island when trolling or jigging. Some were ...

Managing the Wilderness

ISHPEMING — The public is being asked for their ideas on planning Michigan’s 4 million acres of state forestland to keep them healthy and thriving. That’s why the Michigan Department of Natural Resources finalizes plans for each forest management unit about two years in advance of ...

Entering the ‘Twilight Zone’

MARQUETTE — Chandler Countryman’s current job title of “graduate student” doesn’t really say it all. Countryman, who graduated from Northern Michigan University in December 2014 with a bachelor of science degree in biology, is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Marine Sciences ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Boat anglers were still doing well for lake trout in the white rocks and Granite Island areas. Some switched to salmon fishing but very few had any luck. Many are trolling in front of the Chocolay River, Shot Point and 50 to 70 feet down inside the harbor. Those ...

Outdoors North

“It seems lucky to me, that I was on the ground when you were looking down, that’s how you found me.” — Billy Cowsill and Jeffrey Hatcher Along the edge of these familiar cliffs, the trail skirts in and out as it moves along a rim of cracked and broken sandstone. In varying soft ...

‘Stretch to the Sun’

MARQUETTE — Where were you 1,200 years ago? In fact, how many living organisms on Earth can be asked that question? The story of a little coast redwood that grew to be more than 380 feet tall today is the centerpiece of a new book by Marquette resident Carrie Pearson, which is entitled ...

Fall’s chilly grip approaches writer

“It ain’t no superstition, child, the blues is really real, get yourself together, got to deal with how you feel.” — Steve Forbert After a string of glorious days that shone like new pennies, precious as pink-rose pearls — sunny, warm and summery — a gray, cold, dark morning came ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Had very good lake trout fishing with the majority caught 40 to 70 feet down in 100 to 150 feet. The fish ranged anywhere from 2-10 pounds however there was one fish caught that weighed in at 28 pounds. Stannard Rock continues to produce lots of smaller lake ...

Smile! You’re on Westwood Camera

ISHPEMING — Does a pine marten behave differently in a relatively urbanized area compared to a wilderness setting? Westwood High School students soon might have a chance to help biologists find out with the help of specially placed cameras. NICE Community Schools is partnering with ...

Nighthawks, paintings touch writer

“It seems to be a reverie, you’re here with me…whenever you’re on my mind, I leave the world behind.” — Marshall Crenshaw With the day beginning to fade, they started — one after another — tumbling and hooking, carving slices out of the gray, clouded sky with the pointed ends ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Most boats found good numbers of lake trout in deeper water between White Rocks and Granite Island in 130 to 200 feet while trolling dodgers, spin-glows and various spoons. A couple Chinook were caught on high lines running 40 to 60 feet down. Lake trout were ...

Outdoors North

“Kentucky rain keeps pouring down and up ahead’s another town that I’ll go walking through, with the rain in my shoes, searching for you, in the cold Kentucky rain.” — Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard Through the mystery and miracle of happenstance, I bumped into an old friend while out ...