Remember when I heard the bell buoy dinging up a storm last week? Today, on my walk, I realized what he was saying. "So long, Mateys! I'll sees you next spring. Argh, now gets me outta these frosty waves."
Know how I know this? I noticed he was gone today as I hiked along the shoreline. I looked out and thought, hmm, I must be at the wrong angle to see the buoy. But I didn't hear him, and he never came into view. That little bugger went back to the Portage Canal for the winter. I miss him already!
But I found something new and interesting on my hike today -- concentric lichen. It's okay to scratch your head. These patches of lichen were formed with white and black dots -- alternating in layers -- to look like mini bullseyes. I have never seen lichen like this before. Bullseyes! At first I thought there was just one, but they were all over. They were less than an inch in diameter. Try that for target practice!
Though it snowed here last week, none of the fluff stuck in da Harbor. We had to climb in elevation to see patches or piles of it. But Calumet and Houghton got about eight inches! That's what we get for being at "sea" level!
Other than that, rifle hunting season starts dark and early tomorrow for deer. Wear blaze orange if you're going in the woods. Or heck, just stay out for a couple weeks!