Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cliff snowshoe adventure!

Arly was not working on the trails today because of no snow.   Sandy had the day off (not by her choice) so I prompted the pack out for a Cliff snowshoe adventure!   This is just NE of Calumet.
I had to wait on the slow pokes to get their shoes on. Luckily, I just used my all-paw drive.

Let's go!

Snow is good up here.
The steam plant stack ruins at the North American Mine site.
This mine operated for a short time around 1850.
I investigated old stone work....

....vermin can hide anywhere ya know.

Up we go.
 
Once again, all-paw drive proved superior.

We stop at the first overlook.

Up we continue.

Hey, let's not get too close to the edge!

Up some more.

Arly! Be careful.


I smell a mouse!

Where'd he go?

Once again, I stayed safely away from that scary, scary edge.

I can see the bottom fine from right here.

A beaver pond way down below.

Now we slide down.

I found a rock to jump up on.
I think this rolled down off the top some time ago.

The car is this way.



I love to run in the snow!

We found an old mine shaft.

It was well marked "stay out!"

Back on the North American trail.

We had such a nice hike today.

Monday, January 26, 2015

McLain park Ice capades

On Sunday afternoon my pack complained about icy ski conditions so we went down to the lake to snowshoe and see how the shove ice looked.
 
This is the north entry to the Portage ship canal.
A close-up of the left marker.

We took a tea break in here.

Actually it was quite nice out with no wind.
 
We kept hiking east.

I found an interesting stump along the shore.


The ice groaned as the water rose and fell.


Everything was so "cool" to see.


This is the start to an ice volcano.


I'll not get very close to the edge!


We could have brought a picnic along.

We head west and back towards the car.

We took the shore route.

Deer winter along the shore because snow is low here
and they can dig up food.
Glad they don't do that on Arly's ski trails!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

No new snow means more adventures for me and Arly.

Ya!  Arly finally got me out for a run this week.  With little snow falling, he's spent less time working.
Ya Joel, no one ever scratches me.
This is at Hancock's DPW where Arly works.
 
Then we got out for a ski in Swedetown creek gorge.

Ya, I can really run here!

And run.

Up Dam Hill we go.

Trail mutts can do this sort of thing.

Then jump off.

See how good traction is with all-paw drive?


I can make the snow fly!

This is on Side-winder hill.
I jumped up....


...and back down.

We stop to look at the water in the Dam meadow.

Arly really should get out more often.