Tuesday, August 16, 2016

cool weather = NCT clearing

Oh ya.   On Friday after Sandy got home from work....
...we packed up and headed to our favorite Gardner Rd camping spot!

It rained some over night.

We don't mind the weather if we have Nueske's bacon.

I didn't get any pancakes, but I did
get to sample some bacon.

Let's go! We hiked out on the grassy 2-track
to finish up the blazing we started last week.

Lookin' good!

I love a picnic. Arly says he remembers
 these from when he was a kid.

Hunting was good, as usual.

I picked up lots of weed seeds again.

Arly wants to make sure hikers know what trail they are on.

Finally, we relax in camp.

Adventures like this, do wear trail mutts out.

The sun peeked out in the evening, and we
had a starry sky. We didn't stay up to view any meteors.

MMM, fire roasted steak and veggies.

I'm ready to go to bed.

The next morning, we headed to the same spot, but
this time walked in on "Pattison's Road."

We saw fresh wolf scat, and this big fella's print.

This is just off the 2 track where you'd hike west
to the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon.

Who should we meet here, but Laura and Blaze. 
They were from Duluth MN, and on an
8 day adventure here.  Maybe we'll see you later!

This is looking much better,

We found a family of birds nesting right on the trail.

Could they be oven birds?

All done!  Or, at least, the gas was all gone...

We met up with Laura and Blaze again!
They'd got off the trail and wasted 1/2 the day so we gave
them a ride east a ways. But seeing them again is a cause for celebration -
a trip to The Legendary Rousseau Bar.

I've been here a few times before.
This place is trail mutt approved.
Have a great trip! Wish we could come too.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

NCT trail clearing adventures

Over the weekend we headed west for a weekend of trail clearing adventures on the North Country Trail.
Our section is just south of Mass City.
First thing, the parking lot was whacked down to help reduce
the bug count.

Ya, I just love camping here.

Then we checked out Tank creek.
This was Friday evening, right after we got here.

This is the NCT parking lot.

We woke to a beautiful, cool, dry, sunny day.

The had blue berry pancakes. And bacon! I love bacon.

We took a new route out to the section we wanted to do today.
It was great!

Now we're on it.

Our goal was to reblaze it and check out the trail's condition.

Oh gee, Arly's getting silly with the paint.

8 hours later we're out!
This is a another logging RD we took back.

Sandy says I made a mess of my coat today.  I like getting brushed.
Why are we getting more water from the creek??


That evening we meet a hiker!   This is Jo.  I love her.

Those guys are having salads again. Don't you even eat meat?!

Oh yes, I did smell that.

They had another nice meal with wine.

The next morning they are whacking near by Tank creek.

They reblazed it as well

The chipmunks here have no idea of my hunting prowess.

Did Larry leave his hatchet out here?
 I'd love to see you along to help.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Saturday NCT adventures!

With temps predicted to climb high, on Saturday morning we headed west to the Old Victoria town site and hiked west from there on the North Country Trail.
We're already hot and we've not yet started!

Just down the trail, we see this sign

Shortly after that, we met two dirt bikers riding down the trail.

We spoke with one who said "we didn't know we couldn't ride here
.... really".  Heard that line before.
They had passed a "hiking trail only" sign just a short ways earlier. 

What kept them off the trail was downed trees.
We guess that many had fallen when a storm blew through
a week earlier.

On Lookout Mountain, overlooking the Victoria dam

This cut over section could have used some brushing
 to allow the blazes to come into view.

Considering that the storm we had was quite bad,
we didn't really see that many trees across the trail.

We stop for a cool dip and thimble berries.

On a ridge, we gaze at the view east.

The view west.

All the chipmunks were out today.

The Talus Slope.

It was hotter here.
We stop for a snack on a logging road.
 I rolled in this luxurious grass. 
Behind Sandy is remains of a camp fire.
Evidence of old copper mines.

We hiked along a ridge.

Old blaze of confusion?  Seems one fell apart from age.

Since this is a 2-track, we don't mind the blow downs...
good to they keep the ATV's out.