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Goose Lake

Shallow waters of Goose Lake

North of Palmer and the sprawling open pit Empire Mine M-35 winds its way around Goose Lake. I rarely drive past it on my way to my usual hiking spots in the Huron Mountains, with 553 providing a more direct route to Marquette through the Sands, but when I do I always crane my neck around to check…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted September 11, 2012
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The Cabin on Lake 8

Looking northeast up towards Lake 8

A welcome sun warmed my body after several nights of cold camping. I stood on the shore of the Dead River between Silver Lake and the Dead River Basin on the southern end of Mulligan Plains, looking northeast at my next hike. Even though I was near a major route to these basins with open grassland…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted September 6, 2012
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Dakota Farm

Old foundation from the abandoned bridg

Soft, cold rain drizzled down around me. I was attempting to cross Lower Silver River Falls, a waterfall near Skanee, MI that I've visited at least a dozen times (and even proposed to Katie at). The river was higher than normal and the rocks were wet-slick, making a crossing tricky and dangerous.…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 30, 2012
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URL Shortening Services Suck (and could be Better)

Thanks to the prevalence of microblogging, and before that the infamous 80 column screen, friendly (or keyword-stuffed) URLs have run into character limit issues. Long URLs are great for both SEO and usability. They give both users and search bots an insight on the page's content before actually…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted August 23, 2012
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Panorama Hills - Eastern Peaks

Lonely pine on the peak

As the Panorama Hills head east to the lake, away from the lofty Yellow Dog Plains, they lose much of their commanding height. The tallest of the eastern peaks is just a bit above 1100, fairly low in comparison to the surrounding area. After visiting the taller central and western hills I was still…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 20, 2012
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Panorama Hills - Western Peaks

Far up the river, looking at Yellow Dog Plains

A year had passed since I first found the Panorama Hills, located off of County Road 510 just north of the Yellow Dog Falls. My initial visit was a brief excursion, mostly exploratory in nature. I was more ambitious this time around with plans to hit up the far western peaks.

Parking once again…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted August 17, 2012
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Panorama Hills - The First Visit

Random outcroppings on the green hills

Finding good hikes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is not always easy. I prefer to stick to remote areas that, by their very nature, don't get a lot of traffic. Reading history articles or essays can sometimes uncover mentions of interesting features worth exploring, and it was while researching…

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  • Posted August 14, 2012
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Snake Creek Hills

Hiding outcroppings in the fall colors

Several years had gone by since I last drove through Dodge City on the Northwestern Road up past the Yellow Dog Plains. Back then I had been hunting for Hogsback Falls, the only named drop on the Salmon Trout River that is not on Huron Mountain Club property. There is a logging road that extends…

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  • Posted July 30, 2012
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Writing Code for Humans, not Computers

One thing that all programmers and developers fear is working in someone else's code. Whether it is adding a feature or tracking down a bug, going through a foreign chunk of code can be confusing and frustrating at best. The intent of any script is best understood when it's created and quickly…

  • Category Web Development
  • Posted July 19, 2012
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Bob and Paul Lakes

Two-track ford on the Yellow Dog near the station

Standing on the shore of the Yellow Dog River I took a deep breath, letting the cool fall air fill my chest. This was a familiar spot, where a remote USGS station measured the river a few miles upstream from Pinnacle Falls. The two-track had taken me from the AAA road to here, the southern edge of…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted July 6, 2012
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