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Friday: Outdoors

Outdoors North: A little sanctuary

“Baby, let’s go to the ca­­­bin down below,” – Tom Petty I stood at the front porch rail for a good long time, soaking up the cool night air. I relished the sounds of the evening, which still included the playful splashing the ducks were making on the water. Best of all, there was ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula River mouths had excellent fishing for coho and a couple steelhead. Perch were starting to head to spawning grounds in Lake Michigan waters. Ontonagon: Fishing was a little slow over the past week as inclement weather slowed activity. Anglers that made it out found mixed ...

Outdoors North: A peace offering

“I’ll just sit here so contentedly and watch the river flow,” – Bob Dylan The primitive and ancient landscape of this wild peninsula is home to mighty waterways, rivers that with the help of their treelike branch tributaries, drain watersheds to feed the depths and cold of the Great ...

‘Gardening for life’

MARQUETTE — Marquette landscape architect Bill Sanders will discuss the gardens at the Marquette Co-op during the Fourth Annual Keweenaw Native Plant Symposium set for April 15, 22 and 29. The free online event features topics for both experienced native gardeners and those interested in ...

Find a forest getaway

LANSING — Deep in the forest, streams are rushing with snowmelt and tips of green are emerging from gaps between fallen leaves. Blooming time for northern Michigan’s three-petaled wild orchid, the trillium, is just around the corner. Colorful songbirds are making the long trip back to their ...

Outdoors North

“My get up and go must have got up and went.” — Steven Tyler/Tom Hamilton Probably since my early childhood days, I’ve been aware on some level that spending time outdoors in nature can be a very cleansing experience for mind, body and soul. How that all works is still magical to ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula The rivers had fair steelhead action however the river mouths had very good action for steelhead, coho and brown trout fishing. Keweenaw Bay: Most of the ice on the bay is gone except for some pack ice near the head of the bay that moves around each day with the wind. Shore ...

Outdoors North: Headed upstream

“Seasons of wither holdin’ me in,” – Jim Vallance With the rain dripping down in drops barely large enough to splash in the water that had pooled before me, I walked out barefoot across the grass. The soil was muddy and cold to the touch. I like walking outside without shoes and ...

Citizen science

MARQUETTE — People don’t need a Ph.D., a row of test tubes or even a white lab coat to be a citizen scientist. How “ordinary citizens” who aren’t wildlife professionals can help nature was the subject of a panel discussion on Sunday during “Celebrate the U.P.” — the Upper ...

Outdoors North: Signs of Spring

“What a difference a day made, twenty-four little hours, brought the sun and the flowers where there used to be rain,” – Stanley Adams Of course, it was the other way around. The sunshine, rain and winds from above – with help from the vernal gods – brought a hasty, but steady ...

Adventures through resilience: Youth cycling programs set for the summer

MARQUETTE — Tourist Park should look a lot livelier this summer when hundreds of young cyclists embark on new adventures. In fact, “adventure” is the operative word here. Todd Poquette, director of adventure for the 906 Adventure Team, said the Adventure Bike Club will run again this ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay: Anglers should use extreme caution if venturing out because of warm weather and strong winds over the last week. Those that managed to get out caught lake trout and cisco along with the occasional splake, pike and coho. Very few anglers have been out for smelt as ...

‘Pelkie: 100 Years of Finnishness in Michigan’s North Woods’

MARQUETTE — It was about 40 years in the making, but a retired Northern Michigan University professor finally has completed a project about about a unique Copper Country place. The project is the three-episode documentary titled “Pelkie: 100 Years of Finnishness in Michigan’s North ...

What’s flying

“Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.” — Victor Hugo Birds, they are a ‘flying. They seem to be holding up their part in ringing in March and all that is spring. Temperatures ...

Outdoors North

“Early in the spring, when the snow disappeared, they came down with a bag of skins.” — Gordon Lightfoot A couple of times each winter, I try to reliably make a pilgrimage of sorts to an airy part of this beautiful country where the atmosphere just seems different somehow. Almost ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Keweenaw Bay: Anglers should be cautious when venturing out on the ice with the current warm temps hitting the bay. Anglers have caught a good number of lake trout and lake herring recently. Some splake, whitefish, coho and the occasional brown trout were still being caught. ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula: Ice conditions remain solid in the region due to colder temperatures. Ice anglers are catching fish though success varied from day to day. Ice can be found on the Great Lakes though there are areas that are compromised due to wind and current. Use extreme caution near the edge ...

Outdoors North: One can only hope to live on through nature

“I want to die along the highway and rot away, like some old high-line pole,” - Merle Haggard There’s a place I know where the jack pine grow, where the ground is covered in reindeer moss and red and green-leafed blueberry bushes. Growing here too are thousands of bracken ferns. These ...