Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Almost September

Oh my gosh, I miss you!  This whole August thing really cramps my social life.  I hardly even get to see my husband, and we live together!

But Labor Day Weekend is rounding the bend.  Tourism will start to dwindle.  It's all going to be okay.  Especially for you because then I can get out and take pictures and videos again without having to publish it all in other articles.

But woe is me.  I hope you are enjoying your summer!

This weekend is the CHTC's big bike festival.  Check out their website for race weekend details.  It's going to be another grand one!  Props to everyone who makes this event so awesome!

Also, the new playground has been built!  It was assembled in one day -- all day long.  The community efforts and people who showed up to help was astounding.  Get your buns up here and check it out!  The grand opening is this Monday!

The berries are already starting to dwindle -- except the blackberries and chokecherries.  I got me enough chokes to make 6 gallons of wine this winter.  Ooh, that is one of my favorites!

And here is a picture of the goofy serviceberries (a.k.a. sugar plums, a.k.a. juneberries, a.k.a. saskatoons).

Some normal and one spiked serviceberry

The ends of the white spikes give off an orange pollen-like substance, so maybe that's just another way for them to pass on their species???  It still seems like a defect to me.  I'll let you know if I ever figure it out.  It's boggled me for years.

I can't believe the aster is blooming already.  That's how I know summer is coming to a close.  The asters are one of the first leaves to break through the spring muck, but one of  the last to flower.  Pretty cool, hey?  Just a little wildflower trivia for your day.

Well, I just wanted to check in.  I hope you are well, and I look forward to when we can spend more time together!  See you in September!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

On Top of Mountains

My last post was in July???  It must be August then!!!

You would be proud of me.  I just sent out my last articles about Mount Bohemia Adventure Resort. hired me to write them.  For my research, I kayaked Lac La Belle, hiked to the top of Mount Bohemia (yes, I am recovered) and mountain biked Bohemia.  Check out one of my live articles about it at this link!

So now that that's done, I don't have such strict deadlines.  I mean, I have a few more articles to write for other publications, but I need to get out and enjoy myself a little before I delve much deeper right now.  No worries, though.  Life is grand.

Did I tell you about Breakfast on the Flow?  Each Sunday morning from 8 - 9 am, the owners, cooks and staff from The Harbor Haus Restaurant pack up food, coffee, stoves and place settings and hike it to a spot on The Flow trail.  Then they make breakfast for everyone who shows up!  It's awesome!  Here are some pictures from last Sunday.

Breakfast cooks in action!

Happy breakfast eaters!

Do you take your coffee with a view?

Pretty cool, hey?  Do you know why they do this every Sunday through Labor Day Weekend?  Because they love the trails!  You can enjoy a scrumptious breakfast with friends and a great view all for a donation to the Copper Harbor Trails Club.  The CHTC truly appreciates the Harbor Haus for doing this, and you for supporting it.  This Sunday's menu includes gourmet omelets with fruit and tabouli salad!

Most of the berries are peaking right now.  Blackberries and chokecherries have a couple weeks yet, but come on up for the rest!

Oh, I finally jumped into Lake Superior for my first time this summer.  It was on Sunday after mountain biking Bohemia... and a beer because that takes some courage to jump in there.  It actually wasn't too bad that day.  I would do it again.

Gosh, now I have to get ready for work.  You know, my other job besides writing -- bartending.  I bet it will be another busy night in da Harbor!