Monday, June 20, 2011

The Covered Stretch in Green

Have you ever driven down the Covered Stretch of Highway 41 in the summer?  I have been fortunate to not go to the Big Town for two weeks, so I haven't seen this stretch in its summer prime until today.  Man, is it green!  

Tall grass lines the edges of the asphalt.  Bushy ferns, saplings, berry bushes and other shrubs fill the ditches.  The forest floor is covered in foliage.  The trees themselves are vibrant green -- making a green tunnel.  It's like driving through the rain forest (though I’ve never done that).  The last time I can remember driving through so much green was on our trip out west as we drove south on the west edge of Oregon.  Sooo green and lush.
And dotting the sides of 41 today were yellow buttercups, orange hawkweed and daisies.  As I approached Lake Medora, I came across the thick patches of pink and purple lupines too.  They are so tall and graceful.
It’s funny because the ride to Houghton takes me an hour, and I always dread “wasting” that much time in a day.  But in reality, it’s a good time to sort through my thoughts and take a few deep breaths.  Plus I listened to some NPR (the only station that comes in in my car) and found out some of what is happening in the world.  Wow.  Ignorance is bliss, I tell you.  I thanked my lucky stars today that I live where I live: in peace.

Other than that, we’re still waiting for summer weather up here.  I just bought some sweaters for work today.  Sweaters in June!  Though the air is cool, the days are long.  A few nights ago, I went for a jog after I got out of work at 10 pm.  A lovely little twilight run!

Tomorrow is the longest day of the year.  We’ll have light on the horizon of the lake until midnight.  Well, woo hoo!  Happy Solstice!


  1. Hi Amanda, despite your late start to summer the best is yet to come from my experience. Mid summer through late fall are my favorite times as you've surely seen after living up there for so long. This time of year is also so incredible with the amount of daylight hours. My only problem has been that I like to be up before dawn (my favorite time of the day) through the last of the light which is well after midnight as you've mentioned. The only way to do that for very long is to have a mid day siesta which you probably don't have the luxury to do. Also, I don't envy you on your interview with the bell buoy which is what I voted for. It's probably the hardest of the group but quite possibly the most interesting in my opinion. Thanks again for your ongoing blog. It definitely feeds my need for the Keweenaw. Thanks so much!

  2. Hey, Michael! Thank you for reading! I actually wish I could get up before the dawn because it can be the most beautiful time of the day! The bartender life doesn't promote that, however. Someday...
    Glad you can enjoy da Keweenaw from my little slice!