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Camping on Copper Falls Bluff

The blue shaft and bat cage

Cooling air swam around me as I trudged along the two-track, burdened by a full backpack of camping gear. The air felt good against my skin after the August heat of the day. I was walking a familiar path and soon saw the trademark blue shaft with bat cage on top. Today, though, I wouldn't be…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 29, 2014
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A Brief Visit to Cliff Ridge

Long rows of dark cliffs

My little Saturn bounced and shuttered as I pressed down Cliff Drive. Gritting my teeth I pushed faster, steadily approaching the breckneck speed of 45 mph, doing my best to avoid the bumps and pot holes on the rough road. I was behind schedule after a few detours near Copper City and didn't know if…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 25, 2014
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Exploring North Kearsarge

First of many rock piles in this area

Dry August heat rushed at me as I stepped out of the car. It was supposed to be cooler, with a slight north wind off the still-chilled Lake Superior waters, but the temperature near Wolverine didn't want to cooperate. I organized my gear and gazed up at the tall poor rock pile, the first of many,…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 19, 2014
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Camelback Mountain of Phoenix

Predawn light over Camelback Mountain

A few weeks ago I found myself in hot, sunny Arizona. Katie, Noah, and I were visiting some family in the Phoenix area during the warmest time of the year. After a few days of catching up inside during the daylight hours and swimming during the evening I was starting to get a bad case of cabin…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 15, 2014
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Visiting the Parents in Washington

Large receiving dock at Westport

A little less than two years ago my parents embarked on an ambitious move across the country. For over twenty years they lived in the thumb area of Michigan, a wonderfully remote and quiet land that was a perfect place to raise a family. However, after my sister and I left and some time passed, they…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted August 14, 2014
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Bugs of the Upper Peninsula

Between the months of April and October a plague of insects descends upon the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A variety of biting and blood-sucking bugs, flying and crawling, lie in wait in the woods for unsuspecting visitors to lash out. Swamps, rivers, hills, beaches: no place is safe. Rumor has it…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 7, 2014
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Point Abbaye

Along the hard rock shoreline

Point Abbaye had lured me out many years ago during some of my first adventures east of L'Anse. The long peninsula separated Keweenaw and Huron Bay and looked like a tiny version of the great Keweenaw Peninsula itself, stretching out into Lake Suprior like a crooked finger. Also, it promised (and…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 3, 2014
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K-means Clustering on Hiking Adventures

Six years of hiking in the Upper Peninsula has taken me to a lot of cool places. Mulligan Plains, High Rock Bay, Ives Hill (Lookout Mountain), and the McCormick Tract are all locations that I never dreamed existed during my years at Michigan Tech, places I only found after research and exploring…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted July 31, 2014
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The Elusive Vista Falls

A thick, stagnant swamp

There is no other waterfall in Michigan that has confounded me as much as Vista Falls. Sure, I did get lost over night while cutting through the Herman-Nestoria swamp looking for Upper Sturgeon Falls. And I almost got my car stuck in the mud looking for Upper Silver Falls. And there was that time at…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 27, 2014
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Cushman Bluff

Sun-speckled forest south of Old Victoria

Sun trickled down through the wet, green leaves overhead. I paused, listening for the soft rustles of the wind high above me, feeling the sprinkles come down as the branches moved and swayed. The hill I was walking over was just west of Victoria and Lookout Mountain, within a few miles of my earlier…

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  • Posted July 24, 2014
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