outdoors

Water water…

Mead creek mouth in flood
Rotten gasket

This is the mouth of Mead Creek (foreground), where it flows into the Manistique River (flows right to left, background). We were pleased to note that the banks of the Manistique showed marks that indicated that the water has dropped on the order of 2.5 feet over the last few days. That’s a LOT of water that’s now in Lake Michigan!

Speaking of water, the plumbing parts are from a fix-it project the Guru kindly took on. Sounds like today is Part 1 of a 2-part undertaking (as in: back to the hardware store tomorrow). Note how degraded that gasket is—probably installed in the 60s? earlier?—not sure….

Huge changes: coming o’ green

Woods aleafing

Eleven days ago this view was…trunks, branches, and no green atop the trees.

You can’t see the hoards, clouds, and aggressive platoons of black flies. Trust me; they are waiting to vampire you, me, and every unprotected mammal around!

Just before sunset, we watched deer at the edge of the treeline—the first ones we’ve seen on the place this visit. Tracks, yes, but bodies—not until this evening….

Changes underway

Tahquamenon lower falls high water

Yesterday you saw the Upper Falls; this is the Lower Falls. There was at least one additional set of falls that logger-developers removed in the later 1800s.

Today has been a “bits” day: bits of this and that, so that when you look back you wonder what you did. One thing I do know: I’m making progress with Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (2013).

Today’s sunny has become overcast, and a breeze is kicking up.

Social day

Tahquamenon upper falls

We hiked about the upper and lower falls of the Tahquamenon from morning through midday with KW and the Twinz. The trail between is closed due to high water. However high this water appears to you, it is flowing over the falls at only half the rate of the highest recorded flow-rate. Wow!

Then we had a bit of downtime in the late afternoon, before we went to the neighbors for venison chili (perhaps the best chili I’ve ever had—succulent!) dogs and a fantastic salad. Most important was we laughed and laughed, and Facetimed with “Keep on Truckee” L.

No lie

Black creek flooding pure sky

Black Creek Flooding with a glorious sky.

Cruising back from Library-Town, we passed a fellow walking down the road carrying a very large parrot.

Alley fan(s)

Va hi walking alley

I lived out in the country when I was a kid, and when I read about alleys I wondered what they were like. I didn’t know even if there were many alleys in the US of A, or if they were mostly in Europe.

Then I found out about alleys too narrow for vehicles, and even more dripping with mystery than the usual garbage-can-and-stray-cats alley.

This one is light-filled and pleasant—especially during a rare lunch-out expedition (not counting our Easter picnic).

Rain, off and on (plus life)

Balcony woods watching

I lived a day of contrasts and variation. I only took a few pictures. I see no iconic theme or themes to my day. I see no iconic moments. I have singled out two…fine photo’d instants. In the continuum.

Overall: a very, very fine day!

Taxus a dripping

And the small stuff…love the tender, gentle yellow-green of the new growth.

Euro-bike-parking

Bicycle not euro

We walked over to and through the Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park. We dodged the masses by taking the sidewalks we normally take, along which signs ordered us to give priority to festival golf-carts, while most people were clogging the ex-streets where the booths reigned.

All that time in the park, and all that hubbub…and I took zero photos. This is my fave from the en-route portion of our walk….

Scenic cubed

Up eats view

We ate tonight at a second-story restaurant with this view across the Apalachicola River and the creeks and whatnot that feed into East Bay. The light was behind us, that is, behind the building, and our view was superbly lit.

Small geography reminder: Atlanta’s Chattahoochee drains into the Apalachicola.

Ceviche Apalachicola view

Those bird-dots off to the right are coasting pelicans.

The morning began with heavy rain that tapered to light rain, both under grey skies. As we drove north, we could see a thin layer of blue above the horizon, and by the time we stopped for lunch (a detour into GA to visit Sweet Grass Dairy’s shoppe), it was full out bright sunshine!

Our weather fortune stayed reversed! Great day!

Ideas?

Tent under oaks Spn moss

Our overnight setup. Still breezy at dusk, but we’ll be toasty.

Took the boardwalk trail at Okefenokee, and saw many types of critters. Not that many insects (thankfully!), but they were there. Watched a pair of orange-billed brown-feathered ibises (not sure what the “name” is) for quite a while. Watched a pair of raccoons come down the boardwalk toward us, then head off in the bush (interesting dismount from the boardwalk, using the edge detail as a “hand”hold). Also saw a singlet, and wet tracks of another. Didn’t expect raccoons! Also saw a blacksnake (not sure what kind) in the water; not poisonous. A leopard frog (big). Anole. Turtles (high humpy smooth shells; pretty big). Minnows (well, small fishies). White egrets and herons, several species.

We saw ‘gators on the way in, sunning. That reptile thing. (Okay, only two, but still: gators! dinosaurs—essentially!)

Driving, later in the day but still day and not dusk, we saw a black critter, not sure what, disappearing into the brush. Didn’t see head/face. Furry tail. Body size medium. Black. Closer to the ground than a dog, and fluffier tail. John said he thought it most like a small black long-tailed bear. I thought: not sure WHAT.

Fingers crossed; no skeeters or ticks. (Yet.) Fingers very crossed!