Monday, June 23, 2014

Busy Weekends, Slow Weeks

The longest day of the year has come and gone.  I certainly enjoy these ridiculously long-lit days.  It will be a while before I notice the light subsiding.

Guess what I saw on Tuesday.  It was the first one I've seen up here in a couple years.  It was running across Highway 41 south of Delaware.  Can you guess?  A black bear!  Nothing too huge, but it sure looked cute and cuddly!

My backyard neighbor has seen one by Our Lady of the Pines chapel right by our houses as well.  I think Duce caught a scent of that one yesterday.  It's nice to know the furry little guys are still around.  However, I still don't want to run into one while berry picking!

Speaking of berries, many of the bils and thimbles are green right now.  Berry season should be right on time -- whenever that is supposed to be!

Have you ever seen the big orange poppies on your way down to the Harbor Haus Restaurant?  They are blooming right now.  So lovely.

Arial view of the poppies

This past weekend was the Longest Day Fishing Tournament.  It was a bit cool and rainy, but quite a few people came up to fish.  Also this weekend, Giant brought up a bunch of mountain bikes to demo.  There were more bikers than fishermen in town, I think.  People were everywhere.  Plus, there was a wedding in town.  I got to attend the ceremony on Brockway's Nose.  Someone clocked it at 8 minutes long.  Perfect length of time for a chilly, breezy wedding!

Another happening thing this weekend was that my parents came up with 5 of their friends.  I got to surprise them with a concert of my and a couple buddies new classic rock band!  That's right!  There's a new band in Copper Harbor, baby!  And according to our classic rock-loving audience, we did a pretty good job.

We may play at a couple/few open mics at Zik's this summer, and we're scheduled to be the opening band at the Copper Harbor Chili Cookoff.  I'll update you later on this.  Never a dull moment, hey?

The progress in the park is happening quickly.  Remember the dirt shot from the last post?  Well look at it now!

Progress in the CH park

While we're looking at pictures, I may as well show you a couple other ones I took today.  This morning, as I exited my house, the sun was out, but it was raining!  Kinda goofy, but that's what it did.  And there was a layer of fog on the harbor.

Fog lining the Harbor

It was actually that cool, moving mass that crept up the shore and over the pavement like a ghost.  When I get really good with my camera, maybe I'll be able to catch a picture of that.  For now, I'll just have to tell you about it!

During that walk today, I went where my cravings often take me: to Jamsen's Fish Market and Bakery. Today they had banana cake with chocolate frosting and walnuts.  I had to try it.  Delicious.

Then I tried to get artsy and take a picture of their chalk board for you.

Follow that sign!

Life is good in da Harbor so far.  Town still isn't too crazy during the week yet, but that will change soon.

So some people say that this summer is just going to stay cool.  And some people say it's going to be really, really hot.  I don't have any expectations myself.  I'm just excited to enjoy it to its fullest.  One thing I will never bet on is the weather in the Keweenaw!

And for a book update, 500 copies of Touring the Tip should arrive on my doorstep in the next day or two.  Woohoo!!!  I'm stoked to get those little helpers circulating the area.  Soon you'll see the little book at the top of this page change!  Thanks to Kevin Blackstone for the wonderful drawings again!

I hope to see you in a week.  I'll be on my way home from Wisconsin that Monday, but I'll do my best. Enjoy for now!


  1. Can't wait for your new book Amanda! We were up in da' Keweenaw over memorial day weekend but couldn't find it anywhere and were disappointed big time. We're heading up again on Friday for our usual extended week over the 4th and are counting on buying a copy.How do I get a signed version since I missed out on this with your first book? Please tell me that the skeeters are under control because most times we've been up there this time of year they've been killer bad. We have not yet seen those poppies near Harbor Haus but it continues to be our absolute favorite dining place in the entire copper country for many, many years. Happy Solstice to your and yours!... and we'll see you soon in God's country.

  2. Thanks for the update Amanda. With all the bear-proof garbage bins in place, wonder what the bears will find to eat-other than what they're supposed to -ha! I want a copy of your new book . . John

  3. Hey Michael. Signed copies are now in stores in da Harbor, so you'll be sure to find one!