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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

"Going Up the Shore..."

Posted on 2005.08.17 at 19:40


mechtild at 2005-08-18 15:09 (UTC) (Link)
Well, Goldenberry, you are right to be hopeful. Although the trees are nothing special down here around Duluth, up the shore there is a lot of maple, as well as the more typical stuff. It is one big traffic jam every weekend as it snakes up the only lakeshore highway. The fall is short, though, and relatively early. Usually the leaves peak during early October. In a few weeks, the red maples will already be showing their flame here and there.

Where in Michigan are you from? I have not visited Michigan except once when, during a summer, I drove across Wisconsin and stayed a couple of days in the Upper Michigan Peninsula to see an opera in Houghton. It was very beautiful there. I thought the land looked similar to what rises from the North Shore, except that the coast itself had lovely sandy beaches, and not just pebble and rock.
golden_berry at 2005-08-18 17:59 (UTC) (Link)
I grew up in Grand Rapids. It's only about 40 minutes' drive to the beaches at Grand Haven or Holland. My favorite part of Michigan is the Traverse Bay area--the Leelanau peninsula, Sleeping Bear Dune, all the beautiful inland lakes, and of course Lake Michigan itself. Oh, and Mackinac Island! The beach along the western shore of Lake Michigan is patchy; but on the eastern side, it's sand all the way up the coast. I've been to the UP a few times, but not recently. We nearly froze skiing at Indianhead one year.

That picture of the bear in your city neighborhood is incredible! Are bears much of a problem or threat to people and pets in Duluth?
mechtild at 2005-08-19 04:03 (UTC) (Link)
Bears are not a threat, most of the time. A young one was killed by the department of wildlife a few years ago. It got itself stuck on the downtown lakewalk (a strip of park with a boardwalk along the lakeshore, which goes to the downtown tourist area). They were not able to herd it away from the most peopled part of the park; I suppose it was too frightened. Folk were very indignant, though, when it was shot. They wondered (rightly, I think) why the wildlife people didn't use a tranquilizer gun of something like that. It created quite a stir.

There was a woman who was attacked this year by a bear(while out hiking in the country, far away from here), but that is very unusual.

Your eastern shore Lake Michigan beaches sound gorgeous, Goldenberry. I hope the water is less cold than here! My daughter has been swimming in Lake Superior dozens of times this summer, but she is quite the polar bear. One day even she was too chilled by the water to swim in it. The wind had suddenly changed that morning, bringing deeper water up to the surface. The water in summer is usually in the 60's (BRRRR!), but, with the shift in layers, all of a sudden it was in the forties. She said her feet were so cold they felt as if they were being stabbed. That swimming excursion lasted about ten minutes, needless to say.
golden_berry at 2005-08-19 14:47 (UTC) (Link)
Back in my young, foolish, and poor days, I went scuba diving in Lake Superior--in a wetsuit, not a drysuit! It was off Munising harbor, on some beautifully preserved wooden shipwrecks. I'm glad I did it, but have no desire to repeat the experience!

Lake Michigan, at least at its southern end, usually gets up into the low 70s by July. Very nice for swimming. This summer there have been days when it was several degrees warmer, because the weather has been so hot.

Oh, we can have a great time discussing the Great Lakes a bit when I see you in October!
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