Friday: Outdoors

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“Just take the green from the grass, and the blue from the sky up above; and if you colour my world, just paint it with your love; just colour my world.” — James Pankow Within the whirling maelstrom of summertime travels and travails, I’ve somehow found a few moments to become ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay: Fishing was sporadic as those coming in with lake trout had anywhere from one to limit catches. A few reports of salmon, steelhead and brown trout however anglers were marking baitfish as well. More anglers were launching from Traverse Bay which was a little ...

Sawdust and swallows

MARQUETTE — The Adventure Building Camp was where the smell of sawdust and the sounds of power tools mixed with the smell of milkweed flowers and the sounds of baby barn swallows. Kids of various ages have been working in sessions this summer at the Dead River Storage warehouse not far ...

Nature’s small surprises and big changes

“Long as I remember, the rain’s been coming down; clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground,” — John Fogerty I’m not sure exactly what time it was, but it was late at night or early in the morning. I had fallen asleep watching television and I got up to head to ...

Sturgeon slowly coming back

CHARLES CITY, Va. (AP) — Sturgeon were America’s vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation’s rivers until mankind’s craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction. More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom feeding fish are ...

Under the big top

MARQUETTE — To many people, sitting around a campfire is one of the best ways to spend an evening outdoors. If it’s not too close to the flame, mosquitoes might feel that way too. Local inventor Earl Senchuk of Marquette has developed what he calls the Crown FireTent, which might make ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Fishing was hit-or-miss with some boats getting four to eight fish while others reported zero to three. The fish were scattered throughout the water column. This trend could continue for the next week or two with the recent bug hatches and water temperatures in ...

Sights of nature in our nation’s capital

“Ever since the British, burned the White House down, there's a bleeding wound in the heart of town,” — Bob Dylan Right now, it’s after midnight and I’m rolling through the Maryland nighttime on a bus heading north and east, back home to the Great Lakes State. With my reading ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Lake trout fishing is starting to ramp up with most boats catching a few each trip and some getting limits. Salmon fishing slowed with only a few coming in each day but many boats are fishing deeper which could be why. Lake trout of all sizes were caught between ...

North Country Trail Trek

MARQUETTE — Anne Nelson was peppered with many questions when meeting local North Country National Scenic Trail hikers at a potluck supper Tuesday night. “How did you survive?” one attendee asked Nelson, who is traversing a big chunk of the trail. Her quick answer: “I’m wearing a ...

Woodland birds offer mosiac of color, sound

“Kodachrome, they give us those nice, bright colors, they give us the greens of summer, makes you think all the world’s a sunny day.” — Paul Simon In the whole big bulging box of Crayola colors out there to see this time of year, the greens and blues are particularly prominent, ...

Gone fishin’

Keweenaw Bay: Anglers going out of the South Entry caught a good number of lake trout along with a few brown trout. Some good size fish were caught out of Baraga and in Huron Bay however those fishing Huron Bay had to put in a little more effort to get them. Marquette: Lake trout fishing is ...

839 and counting

MARQUETTE — From Mexico City to Hanoi to Venice, photographer Sean Marier has visually documented some of the world’s most exotic spots. The Marquette native is visiting the area, taking pictures of sights unique to Marquette, such as its lighthouse and St. Peter Cathedral. However, ...

A walk, a willow and a cherished memory

“I can still see them playin' with their pails in the sand, they run to the water their buckets to fill.” — Bob Dylan Among the many splendid memories of outdoor days, packed into the mental suitcase I carry around with me, is a warm summer afternoon spent sitting under the shade of a ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay: Anglers were starting to find more fish when trolling spoons and crank baits. Depths vary but anglers caught Chinook, coho, steelhead, brown trout and quite a few lake trout. • Escanaba River: Was producing some limit catches of walleye. • Big Bay De ...

When biking is an Adventure

MARQUETTE — A few rules had to be followed at Monday’s season debut ride of the Adventure Bike Club at Tourist Park: no wheelies were allowed, helmets were to be worn at all times and hands were to be kept on the handlebars. If you think that kept youngsters from having fun, you’d be ...

Outdoors North

“I been in the right place, but it must have been the wrong time.” — Dr. John It had been one of those days, the kind everybody has now and then, when too many deadlines and obligations crowd out the fun in life. For me, those days don’t just come out of nowhere, but rather, usually ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Fishing was steady with those targeting salmon taking 3-6 fish per trip. Most were getting a mix of coho, steelhead, lake trout or brown trout. Few Chinook salmon were caught. Most were heading east towards Shot Point and staying in shallow waters 50 feet or ...

Seeing spring sprouts summertime memories

“Let me ride, ride, ride, I got to be free inside.” — K. Cronin The air was filled with the songs of the ovenbirds, hermit thrushes and robins, while the ground below was covered in an exquisite carpet of large-flowered trilliums. These regal white beauties, with their striking green ...