Friday: Outdoors

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 ...

From PEIF to a coral reef

MARQUETTE — Chances are you won’t see a sea dragon in Lake Superior. In fact, you might have to travel to Tasmania to see one. That’s just what Steve and Kathy Foulks of Gwinn did. However, the list of places they’ve been on their scuba diving adventures is long, and includes places ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Marquette: Catch rates were hot with limit catches of lake trout taken between the white rocks and Granite Island and near Shot Point in 150 to 200 feet with cut bait, spoons in various colors along with flies and even stick baits. With surface temperatures in the mid ...

Preserving PENINSULA POINT

RAPID RIVER — Conservation work can involve a little — or a lot — of scraping and painting. The Superior Watershed Partnership’s Great Lakes Conservation Corps is partnering with the Hiawatha National Forest and HistoriCorps to work on much needed historic renovations of the Peninsula ...

Outdoors North

“He looks around, around; he sees angels in the architecture, spinning in infinity.” — Paul Simon The Pennsylvania countryside blurred by in shades of green and blue. I was in Somerset County, not far from the open field where doomed Flight 93 — turned almost upside down — plowed ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Lake trout anglers were taking some limit catches. The hot spots were between the white rocks and Granite Island, off Shot Point, Sand Hole and way out to Stannard Rock. Many reported that the fish had moved deeper to 150 to 200 feet. • Au Train: Most ...

Bees and trees

MARQUETTE — The mission is simple: Save the bees by saving the trees. There are many ways to do that and learn about the outdoors at the same time. To further that mission, MooseWood Nature Center is hosting the first family-friendly “skill share” event Sept. 1, which is entitled ...

Woods walk provides unexpected audio

“Listen to the mockingbirds, still singing where the weeping willows wave.” — Septimus Winner The cooling shadows of the day were so dark and long now they covered the understory of the forest and were cast high up on a line of spruces standing guard — tall and straight — along the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Lake trout fishing picked up with most boat anglers catching fish including some limit catches. The fish seem to be suspended so cover the entire water column when trolling spoons. Chartreuse was the hot color. Most were trolling between the white rocks and ...

Perseids peak

MARQUETTE — Space.com calls it “the icy parent of the Perseid meteor shower.” When Earth passes through the tail left by the Swift-Tuttle comet every summer, viewers can see the famous Perseids meteor shower. The event, which is expected to peak Aug. 11-12, intrigues Marquette ...

Passage of time leaves mark on forest

“God didn't make little green apples, and it don't rain in Indianapolis in the summertime.” — Bobby Russell Along the dusty woods road, the sun was shining bright across a vast opening created by a recent timber cut. From a tall dead snag, left intentionally by the loggers, a sparrow ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Little Bay De Noc: Walleye anglers reported spotty catches with most targeting the Escanaba River area or south near Breezy Point. Anglers are still reporting a lot of undersize fish in the Escanaba River but better reports in the “Black Bottom” when trolling or ...

Sound of river is music most sublime

“Sit down on this bank of sand and watch the river flow.” — Bob Dylan --------------------- If you stop your car on this old steel-railed bridge and look out the driver’s side window downstream, you don’t see much. The leafy branches from the trees overhanging the river block out ...