Apr 10-06

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2006: April: Apr 10-06
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Photos by Susan Hooker
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Photos by Susan Hooker
The view    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Susan Hooker

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 07:26 am:

You may find this hard to believe, but there's still a decent coating of snow on the hills of Mont Ripley. Not enough for skiing, but plenty for the bravest sledders. Susan Hooker and friends number among those brave souls, who made the climb to the top, then had the nerve to hop on their sled and make the descent to the bottom. What a ride that must be, especially taking a couple of those jumps you can see in the last shot. Actually, the view isn't too bad either! If you'd like to watch the snow melt on the ski hill, check out the Michigan Tech webcam pointed in that direction: Still image, Motion image or Time Lapse image

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 07:31 am:

Looks like a lot of fun-------in January!!! It's hard to believe there's still so much snow there. WOW!!!!

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 07:47 am:

Now that's what I call a sled hill :)

By Erica - Florida Keys (Erica) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 07:55 am:

Perfect place for sledding...and what a view!

By Capt. Paul & Dr. Nat in Texas (Eclogite) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 11:10 am:

When I was a student at Tech, a bunch of us use to sled down Ripley after the close of ski season, although I know a few that sledded during ski season and got promptly kicked off the mountain. I guess they didn't like the skiers getting run over or something.

Hey Mary, if you think sledding down Ripley in a longsled is for only brave souls that have the nerve to actually do it, you should try it with a saucer sled, an intertube, or my personal favorite, the food trays from Wadsworth ;-)

By 69 TOOT (Flyindamooney) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 12:26 pm:

Second that on the food trays from Wadsworth, but do it long after dinner, say about midnight after a few refreshments......One night I will never forget. ps Does anybody remember the campus officers last name during the late 60's. Had a few encounters with him, but long forgot his name.......

By Rowdy (Roudymi) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 02:41 pm:

Has anyone tried to drive up?

By PAUL (Pungvait) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 03:45 pm:

69toot - would that be officer john ohman???
don't ask how i know his name

By Liz B (Lizidaho) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 05:28 pm:

We are still skiing in Idaho. Local hill had it's last hooray yesterday. We tossed frozen turkeys down a jump and the one that landed the furthest won skis. I didn't win. We ski at Grand Targhee on Wednesday, Sat and Sun. Then over to Sun Valley on 23rd for their last day fun. To tell you the truth, I am more than ready to be done for the season. Have already fertilized the yard. But the snow depth is really grand in the mountains. Maybe our drought is finally over.

By Janette Kowalski (Ladybug) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 06:45 pm:

Hey Capt Paul and Dr Nat, I remember attending Lake Superior State Univ when the big storm of 1995 came around. I have such great memories of using the food trays there as well. Don't ask where it came from but if you want to go really quick down a hill, it is amazing what a little kitchen oil can do. The teacher hint was trying not to get the oil on the other side of the tray where you sat because at the end of the hills, you had no tray on your bottom!!!! ohh what get times.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 07:18 pm:

Hey Toot--

Would that have been Officer Ohman?

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 07:23 pm:

Like Punqvait, I have a reason for knowing
Officer Ohman's name--he busted me for a
prank when I was about 10 or 11 years old. It
was a good prank, he just didn't appreciate it...

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 07:34 pm:

Cops, they have no sense of humor at all. Imagine busting a 10 year old! My son got busted when he was about 11 for smashing a pumpkin in the street. He was on probation. I thought it was funny myself. Oh well, I guess that's why I'm not a cop. "I" have a sense of humor~!

By 69 TOOT (Flyindamooney) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 07:55 pm:

Paul and Kosk......It was Officer Ohman.....looks like I wasn't the only one....
I actually was a cop, a Fed actually during the 70's but I quit because I have a sense of humor too.....With guys like us around though, they probably never paid Officer Ohman enough.....
Have fun boys.......

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 08:35 pm:

69Toot--Kosk is a girl. Officer Ohman did
have a sense of humor, but not that day. I
know because he was my uncle. You're also
probably right about the fact that he wasn't
paid enough.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 08:54 pm:

OK Kosk, What did you do you have raised my curosity to the point that I wont be able to sleep tonight, and that will anger poor old Precious. I will be turning and tossing all night and keeping her awake.

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 09:32 pm:

Oh c'mon folks, cops do have a sense of humor...honest :)
Usedtobeayooper, wow..bad cop...no donut for him, eh. Heck, I would have thought of the pumpkin smashing as 'seed redistribution', and 'feeding the deer' ;) There are some cops, that take their job a bit too seriously. Sorry bout that.
Kosk, ok...spill the beans missie. What did you do when you were ten years old, that got you busted? ROFL...this has to be good :)
Mikie, How is the newest member of your family and your daughter in law doing?

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 10:09 pm:

Baby hasn't been born yet Kelly is having all kinds of contractions but no baby yet.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 06:48 am:

Well, remember this is one of those kid kind
of pranks so it seemed outrageous at the
time, but...

My cousins and I pulled a couple of pranks
that week-end. In one, we attached a purse to
a string down by a bridge over a Pilgrim
tributary. Then we hid in the bush and yanked
the string whenever anyone got out to try to
pick up the purse on the road. A local doctor
reached for it and we pulled the purse back
and made a run for it. This of course
confirmed our world view that the "rich get
richer" by ill-gotten gains. I'm sure you can
hear the tee hee hees from this "worldly wise"
group. This is not the one we got in trouble

We got busted by Uncle John because we had
set up a dummy (pretty convincing looking
from our point of view) just off of the road at the
top of a hill and hid behind some rocks to see
if anyone would stop and be a Good
Samaritan. Some people drove right by. Face
it, not many people drove by there at the best
of times. But we were patient. Finally, the
local doctor stopped and checked on the
dummy. He snorted and got back in his car
and shouted a few comments into the bush
(not obscenities). Not long after that (and we'll
never know if we were outed by the doctor who
was, coincidentally, the same one in the purse
incident ), Uncle John showed up and closed
down our operation...pointing out that we
could have caused accidents because of the
location being just over the rise of a hill. More
to the point, he told our mothers (his sisters)
and we were given a good scolding.

Ah, the "sins" of our youth. Pretty mild stuff,

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 08:30 am:

Kosk, That's hilarious. Ok, the purse on the string sounded a bit familiar. We would take a wallet...string it to fishing line and cast it out into the middle of the street. And when motorists stopped...just as they reached down to pick up the wallet, we would reel it in :) Some motorists would get really mad...then others thought it was pretty funny. Kept us entertained for hours...and out of my mother's hair, during the summer.

Now the dummy...now that's downright original. Dang, Kosk, I wish we would have grown up together :)

By Ms. Katie (Mskatie) on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 07:43 pm:

You guys are/were a hoot! Wished I could have been one of you sassy bunch too. I was boring as mom told me "you were the good girl" EEEEUUUUUU!

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 08:07 pm:

I think it would have been fun to grow up with
all of you. Ms. Katie--I don't recall any of the
relatives calling me the "good girl" back then,
but in later years, and with distance for
reflection, my mom did once say "You really
weren't much trouble at all."" Effusive praise
in a Scandinavian household!

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