Monday, September 1, 2014

MTU students help on the NCT!

Students came to help clear a portion of the North County Trail. You know how I love students! And some ear scratching.

We gathered up on campus bright and early.
 Friendly students make me giddy!

Gee, there were friendly students everywhere!
I just don't get out much you know.
Where are we anyway?

The gang convoyed out to the Baraga Plains to take care of segment 40, which we worked on a few weeks ago.

Now we're going!  Lots of down trees were cut and moved
on the south end.

Jim and Lyle are scoping out the next good blaze location.
Ya, blazing is all about team work!

Lotsa blazing is going to happen today.

Lunch break!


Dan tried his hand at marking a corner.
 Seems we need to get him to a trail clearing
and blazing seminar!

Everyone says hi to Travis.  
Or are they waving away the gnats?  I was glad to see him!


I love having a willing supply of ear scratching.

Oh ya. I don't get much of this.

You can do that harder!

Arly put the pole saw to good use again and again.

The pole-saw removed many, many overhead branches as well.

Marjory inspects and notes how nice these freshly painted
blazes look.

End of the day for this hearty crew...so we hike out.

...time to head back. I led the way.

C'mon you slow pokes!

What chapter's trail is this again? I can't read.

 I still have time for vermin hunting!


Finally, back to the car.

We got a lot done today


Don't you know I love blue berries?

Everyone picked some blue berries.

Back at campus, I made my good-bye rounds.


I'll miss you!

What a great crew! I hope to see you out on the trail again soon.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A pileated woodpecker!

Ya, I know this might sound lame, but my pack took these Pileated woodpecker photos this spring as the snow was melting.   They just found them in a less used camera!

He's checking out the area.

Looks like the coast is clear this way.

Gee these guys are so pretty and big!

Good this way too.

Nothing up there as well.

Maybe I can go in and peck a bite or two.

It's been a long winter and I'm hungry.   Me and my mate will be squawking and drumming around this place many times over the summer.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friendly visitors, bike shop stop, and hike the Paavola Wetlands!

On ya, I hardy ever get to see anyone, but on Thursday evening some friendly people came over just to see me! 
Seen here is Sandy, Terry my ski buddy from Escanaba, my new neighbors Sam and Jenn, then Wes and Jannika who have a house here for skiing.  You know how I love skiers!

On Saturday we were to my favorite ski and bike shop
in Calumet, Cross Country Sports!

Ya, no-one ever rubs me good!

Inside, we chat with Lorri as she wakes up with some coffee.

Ya, I do love the friendly staff here!

The young ones can check for messages
and touch me, all at the same time.

On the way back we stopped at the Paavola Wetlands
and hiked around them.  I see vermin!



They've installed new board walks across wetlands
this summer

We had a great little romp around here today.

Maybe I need to get these lame people out more!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Maasto trail brushing begins!

I've been telling my pack that the old trail on top of Swedetown gorge's north side would be very nice to have reopened.
Tuesday morning Mark Roberts and my pack head down
Railroad Ravine to get started.

I'm glad they are finally listening to me!

Since we were here, I told them they just as well clear
the River trail.

Dem darn weeds will be knocked down!

Oh this is pretty, but they'll get whacked down as well.

This is the bottom of Dam hill that they've just cleared.

We take a lunch break on a creek bridge.  I went for a dip!

Mark works his way up Dam hill.
 It's called that because there's a old dam where this trail ends at.

That's looking better!

I found a old rusty dog chain hung here.
Was it a trail mutt's??

Sandy spied an old sign.  I guess this was trail 11!

Lots more to do you people!

Looking better backwards.

More to do ahead.

Arly stirred up a bee's nest here.
They were angry! So I avoided them.

Late in the afternoon we decided that was enough for today
and we hiked out.

I've had enough too.  Least we did get something done.
Would you like to help??  I'd love to see you here!   Just let Arly know at arlyn.aronson (at) gmail