Jan 21-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: January: Jan 21-05
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Photo by Skylar Baxter

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 07:21 am:

Now, if Skylar Baxter hadn't told me where he was sitting on his snowmobile when he took this shot, I'd have had a tough time figuring it out. Of course it helps if you click on over to the full size file of this view. Just a warning for those of you on dial-up, it may take a bit of time to load, but it's well worth it if you'd like to see the distant details. You can pick out the Quincy Mine, a church steeple and ...wow..., I think you can even see the snow making machines hard at work on Mount Ripley! In case you haven't yet figured out where Skylar is, he's sitting on the bluff outside of South Range.

By dan, Laurium on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 07:24 am:

Good Morning


By smf in troll land on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 07:25 am:

Good morning - great picture!

By Kathy, Dimondale Troll on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 07:29 am:

Cool Pic. Just got back from long weekend in UP.
Cold, lots of snow, great pics. Snowmobile trails
are excellent. Gotta wait until next month, for
the next trip . . .

By Dave, Appleton, WI on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 07:29 am:

Good morning from Appleton, WI. Always like the scenery pictures posted. The Cliff in Keweenaw County is a nice view as well.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 07:31 am:

Mornin', great shot!

By Jean, Abilene Tx on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 07:59 am:

Love the shot. Here in Texas, I am sure Margaret would agree, this is our touch with real winter...all of these snow pics really bring us back home.

By Barb Nelson, Jacobsville, MI on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 08:00 am:

Good morning. Today's picture is wonderful, especially if you
look at it in the detail that Mary Drew mentioned!

I also have a comment regarding yesterday's picture. I would
like to ask Roudy Mi if he knows the history of the car
in Jacobsville. I would be very interested! Although I was the
one who took the photo, and even though we've
owned our place in Jacobsville since 1984, we've only lived
here since 1991.

By John / New Hampshire on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 08:03 am:

Isn't this known as Wheelkate Bluff? We used to cross country ski up the back side of the bluff and then come down the steep side - pretty exhilarating! Have a great weekend everybody!

By Nancy, VA on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 08:09 am:

Mornin'. That could be the post for Blacksburg VA this morning. Someone graciously sent us a couple inches of their Yupper snow and its lovely. Snow boards are out, tearing up the terrain.
Thanks for the snow!

By Michael Austin, Holt MI on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 08:26 am:

Good Morning All, 2 degrees in the Lansing area @ 8:25am. Nice picture, I thought a saw a moose for a second :) The family and I are headed to Indiana today, hope to miss the Winter Storm Watch coming this way to dump 4 - 8 inches of snow on us. Have a fun and safe weekend all.

By dlp on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 08:28 am:

Yes, that is Whealkate Bluff. I've walked or should I say climbed up the front many times. Well worth it for the view. There a bluff in back of Painesdale that once you hit the top, you can see for miles and miles also.

By Yooper in Indiana on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 08:35 am:

Mike, I hope that you are going to Southern Indiana, as we are "forecasted" to get 8 - 12 inches here in Northern Indiana tonight, and then they say that it could be heavier. Good thing for the sturdy scrapers that I got at Baudino's a couple of years ago.

By Sherri, God's Country on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 08:45 am:

I have also climbed it...is quite a hike :) but the view is always great.

By flyin today on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 08:56 am:

I love the views of the big K, from da plane. I make it up once each year around 4th of July, just for the views. (Winter I'll leave for those much tougher than me)

By Marc, Painesdale on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 09:00 am:

dlp-where's the Painesdale bluff?

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 09:00 am:

MAN! That full sized picture is probably the largest I've ever seen! (It's also awesome!)

By sur5er, Indiana on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 09:28 am:

Beautiful picture...now I am homesick for the UP. What a wonderful hike that would be.

Yooper in Indiana...I was jealous when I read your post about southern Indiana getting hit with 8-12 inches of snow. Last night when I checked weather.com, it said we were just getting a dusting of snow. But, after reading your post this morning, I checked weather.com again, and now it says we are getting up to 10 inches of snow :) Yaaaaahooooooooo!

By "The Z-Man" on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 09:49 am:

For those interested in some geocaching on brain hill.
Brain Hill link

By sandstone princess on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 09:51 am:

What a great photo. I kept guessing the Hancock side of the ridge, but just from this photo, not the rest of them. I have dial-up (so last century)and have dragged my Tech-Toot hubby screaming and kicking into this century!
At least we have snow here in the mid-mid-west, with that glaze over it all, the rabbits and squirrels waltz across with finesse.
Great photo yesterday, Barb and a good day to you and all the Jake-ites today.
Howdy to dah sistahs.

By Michael Austin, Holt MI on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 10:05 am:

Thanx for the head's up Yooper in Indiana, we are headed to the West Lafayette area to see my brother-in-law before he moves to Ft Myers Florida next weekend. It should be fun and I have the winter kit already in the van, snow be good to us in our travels.

By Chris, IL on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 10:29 am:

Lots of good memories of Wheelkate's Bluff. Thanks for the Pic.

By Gary, CO on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 10:59 am:

Did there used to be a fire tower on this bluff or was that one closer to Trimountain? Could see a long way from the top of that tower also.

By Brent, UPstate Tundra that is Rochester, NY on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 11:36 am:

Great shot! (That "full-size" pic is as big as my ex-wife.) It's nuthin' degrees here today with a -20 wind chill, and expecting a FOOT of snow tomorrow.

By traver, fruitport on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 11:40 am:

WOW! That's a keeper, eh! Finally SUN in West MI! So Great to see Blue sky too... temps in the teens and still snow on the ground....Lake MI was beautiful shades of grey from dark to light and greyish/blue yesterday late afternoon..walking the shoreline at PJ Hoffmaster.....Wish I was in the Keweenaw..... Always...

By Brian Juntikka on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 11:49 am:

The late Joe Giacoletto of Toivola owned the bluff property for many years and leased it to the state for their fire tower. Somewhere back in time (and probably over 50 years ago), Mr. Giacoletto and the state had a disagreement over the rental fees and the state dismanteled the fire tower and moved it over to the next hill near Trimountain. To the best of my knowledge, Reino Pellosmaa was the last state conservation officer to work in the tower before it was taken down in the 1970s.

As for Whealkate Bluff, at age 51 I am not old enough to remember the fire tower being there.

By Wade, Mi on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 01:38 pm:

Hey I think I can see my house!

By Deep in Houghton on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 01:39 pm:

Gee, I hate to be a spoil sport but it is 75 degrees and sunny this morning in Hilo on the big island of Hawaii. Kind of enjoy not shovelling that white stuff every morning lately. But it is nice to be able to keep up with the Copper Country via the PastyCam. Think I will drive the Saddle Road from Hilo over to the Kona side of the island today. This road goes sort of between the two huge mountains on the island, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. I love it.

By Fred, Three Lakes on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 02:01 pm:

Great view in todays pic.
I've been on saddle road back in the 80's.
What a temperature change from the beach.
Wave at everybody at PTA for me when you drive by it.

By Teri Colorado on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 02:55 pm:

Hey Deep in Houghton It is 50 here in Montrose. Bob is surfing the deep white stuff in Telluride and drank Kona at Starbucks... Have a great time..ALOHA

By Bill, Washington on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 04:01 pm:

This used to be a great place to ski after Mt. Ripley closed for the season. We'd hike up and ski down most of the way thru April when I was a toot at MTU in the mid-70's.

By Renee in AL on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 04:42 pm:

Great picture today!!
I was just wondering though, what exactly is geocaching that The Z Man made mention of?
Best wishes,

By sur5er, Indiana on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 05:25 pm:

Renee in Al, Geocaching is where a container is left in a certain location, with something in it (like a little trinket or whatever small item the hiker has on hand), for others to find. When found, a person opens the cache and takes an item from it, and also leaves an item behind in the container and then places the container back where they found it, for others to find. Sorta like a treasure hunt. ;)

By VT, Calumet on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 06:27 pm:

I'd like to know more about Wheelkate Bluff. I've seen it from many areas in the far distance. Is it open to hikers, bikers, and snowmobiles? Is it steep and hard to climb? Any info on it I'd appreciate.

By Sandy Texas on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 10:09 pm:

Howdy all...Beautiful picture...What kind of camera was used? Can anyone tell me? 59 in Texas at 9 pm...unusually warm...soon, another day or two and it will be back to COLD..I'm awaiting a pasty in the mail...Gosh, you all sure make it sound so nice up there. I have bad memories of icey cold weather...but nice to look at...Camera?

By sur5er, Indiana on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 10:32 pm:

Sandy from Texas, If you click on the link for 'full size file', and after it is loaded, click on 'Photo Properties'. A screen will appear and it will give you the information about the picture. In this case, the picture was shot using a Canon Powershot A75.

By Fran,Ga on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 11:36 pm:

Wow, what a beautiful view for me to see after just getting my Computer back from the shop!! I have missed seeing the bridges scenes and all the other pictures.

By "The Z-Man" on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 12:52 am:

Renee in Al, I will add a little to what Ser5er said. Geocaching is all over the world using a GPS unit you go out and find a stash usually located at a unique site. The below link will provide all the info you need. Type in your zip code on the main page and you will get all the geocaches in your area.

By Herb/Wis on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 10:31 am:

How did Whealkate (sic) Bluff get that name?

By Sandy Texas on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 10:53 am:

sur5er...thanks for the information...I'm becoming a regular...always interested in pictures and with what and how ... beautiful shots! Have a super day!

By Skylar in Wi on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 12:46 pm:

Mary, thanks for putting my picture on Pastycam.com I am truly honored. All the pictures I have seen on here are always so awesome. Thanks again. Later, Skylar.

By Jane, current troll on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 03:28 pm:

While living in South Range, my husband loved to climb this bluff and enjoyed the view during every season. We really enjoyed the photo!

By Charlie in Eagle River, MI on Sunday, January 23, 2005 - 05:08 am:


Are you the Jane who appeared on the Pasty Cam several years ago with her daughter?

Near Mason
Sweet peas near Mason, photo by Tom Reisner

Jrmann ,South Range on Monday, January 24, 2005 - 11:04 am:

strange how different places look when you have pic that shows things that you can see from a distance and the ones that the camera can not see such as valeys and hidden objects that tress hide.

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