Mar 14-23

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2023: March: Mar 14-23
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Photo by Jon Hopper
On Eagle River's Shores    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Jon Hopper
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 07:33 am:

Interesting shots from Eagle River, snapped by our own Jonathan Hopper, who keeps the hard drives spinning and the lights flashing here at Pasty Central. Jon was in the Keweenaw for the Copper Dog 150 festivities when he spotted a visitor at Fitzgerald’s in Eagle River. Charlie shared Jon’s photos and commented that it had to be a very daring bit of piloting to land that plane on the ice there. He figued they must have dropped in for the pulled pork! What a fun way to get your dinner and not have to worry if the parking lot is too full.

Somebody has to groom the ski/snowshoe/bike trails in the Copper Harbor area after a winter weather advisory. That somebody was none-other than Steve Brimm recently. He added that this was his first grooming round after the storms.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 08:50 am:

Wow! Those are some brave people and some really
brave piloting. It wouldn't be for me.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 09:22 am:

…and no parking meters…yet. And the fine for unpaid parking

tickets??? Probation, no pasties for a year.

By Donna (Donna) on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 10:28 am:

I yakked with a groomer not too long ago. One day,
he's up on Brockway Mountain, the next down in
Toivola....and if they get stuck?? They get to
unstick themselves. He told me the last guy that
got stuck, took four hours to get out! That's one
long day.

these are so cool!

By Bob Williams (Wabbit) on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 11:10 am:

I was wondering if it was the Isle Royal Plane.

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 01:52 pm:

My dad was a private pilot and part owner of a
single-engine plane. He'd take it up in the same
spirit as you'd take your boat for a spin.
However, sometimes if he wanted a destination
he'd aim for another airport with a good
restaurant. So the comment about the pulled pork
is not that far-fetched.

Dad only landed on airport runways. But even so,
the take-offs and landings are always the
trickiest part of any flight. If any of you have
ever seen a small plane come in, touch briefly,
and take off-again...and repeat...this is known as
"practicing touch-and-goes", to try to
improve/keep your skills up.

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 03:42 pm:

First great pics & video. Second, I'm with Deb, it
ain't for me either!! I flew with my brother
(Uncle Mike, Tech Grad 75) in those little puddle
jumpers and I wouldn't do it again. Hey, I might
have been half sedated back then... lol

Alex, I do believe that the pilot left that plane
in the "tow away zone" all we need now is someone
to walk out there and hook up the tow chain!

Taking off from there had to be a bit dicey or
should I say... Icy!! :=))

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 05:28 pm:

UC…Looks like a tow job for Neil Harri…if anyone can do it, he can.

Although it may be a tow nail biter

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 10:05 pm:

Deb and Uncle Chuck, I've been going up in small
planes since I was a toddler; I've always enjoyed
it. Again like a boat, you have to be aware of the
weather and pick your day. Unlike a boat, pilots
have to qualify and as a group they aren't reckless.
There's a saying:
There are bold pilots
and there are old pilots
But there are no old, bold pilots

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 09:37 am:

Hi Kathryn,
I took a small plane once to Iron Mountain from
North Dakota. It was beautiful when we left. There
was a blizzard in Michigan. You could hear the
pilot radioing to the tower that our wins were
icing up and we would need the emergency vehicles.
That was it, I lost my cookies and swore I would
never ride on one of those again. We obviously
made it but I was traumatized for life.

By D. A. (Midwested) on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 05:40 pm:

I had a similar flying experience Deb.

One Winter (50 some years ago) I was flying on what they called the Blue Goose on North Central Airlines from Green Bay back to Houghton. I think it was a Convair 580.

It was a puddle jumper (or maybe an ice rink hopper) with stops in Escanaba and Marquette. On approach to Escanaba the visibility was very bad and it was snowing a lot. When we finally came out of the clouds we had missed the runway. We were so close to the control tower I could clearly see the people in the control tower window.

After the plane's engines revved up and we started to move upward, the pilot came on and in a very calm voice said, "Well folks, it looks like we won't be stopping in Escanaba today." I didn't lose it but some did.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 05:48 pm:

D.A., scary stuff.

By D. A. (Midwested) on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 05:52 pm:

No "groomed" runway in Eagle River.
Must have been a bit bumpy, takeoff & landing.

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