Friday: Outdoors

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 ...

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 ...