June 22-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: June: June 22-05
Taking the plunge!    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Aladino Mandoli
Point of no return    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Aladino Mandoli
On the lookout    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Aladino Mandoli

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 06:29 am:

According to Aladino Mandoli, this young man is celebrating his graduation from Marquette Senior High School in quite an exhilarating way. You know the saying about courage, it goes like this - "The first step is the hardest". This first step would take more than courage to get me to take it, since that second step looks to be quite a drop and into chilly Lake Superior this time of year? No thanks! I think I'll stick with the young man in the third photo, who seems to be sitting in a perfect viewing spot for the jumping festivities, on the cliffs near Marquette Harbor.
Disclaimer: Do not try this at home or anywhere else, unless you have your parent's permission and a strong heart!

You can jump right into the Pasty Fest 2005 festivities in Calumet, on July 2nd. There will be fun for all ages, starting with a parade at 10:00 a.m., ending with music and dancing in the evening. It'll be a day packed with U.P. fun and you can fill your tummy with a free pasty if you're one of the first 400 people to show up at Agassiz Park with that magic coupon. Ten days and counting!

By smf in troll land on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 06:33 am:

Brrrr.....but looks like fun!

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 06:48 am:

Good morning from Mishawaka IN. Great pictures! Looks like he has his shoes on.

By Dick B. TrollLand on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 06:54 am:

Climbing out of the lake onto sharp rocks with numb feet - I'd wear shoes, too!

By Doug & Becky Grusser on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 06:55 am:

Good Morning from North Carolina. Heading North to Marquette and Big Bay in just over a week! --

By Mel, MI on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 06:56 am:

Swam across the Portage once but I never had the guts to go cliff jumping or polar bear swimming.

By Sarah, Central WI on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 08:40 am:

Oh to have cool Lake Superior to jump into on a hot, hot day!!! Wishing I was there *sigh*

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 08:42 am:

You know, my fondest memories are of being a four year old and getting on the bus at granma's and going out to Lakeside Park (Ashland) to learn to swim--and yes, good old Gitchee Gumie! My cousin and I didn't know we were "braving" the coldest lake in the 48.

By Yooperski, MI on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 09:01 am:

You know...I never had the courage to jump into the Cove, but both my kids have done it more than once. Scared me more than it did them!

By Uncle Chuck, LB, Commerce Twp. on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 09:01 am:

Brings me back to my days at NMU, don't think I'd make that jump until about August when the Lake is just cold, not freezing! Ha- great fun!

By Helen in Hubbell on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 09:10 am:

Doug and Becky from N.C. Have a safe trip. There isn't to much road work up here but I understand in the lower there is quite a bit of construction........It is a beautiful summer up here this year.....hurry on up!! God Bless

PS I travel 75 to 123. 123 to 28, and of course 28 to 41.......Home!!!

By JK on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 09:13 am:

Those rocks at Presque Isle are great fun for jumping off - and yes, the water is nice and cold too... been there and done that many times....

By Roudy Mi on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 09:27 am:

My Lil' Brudder would stay in the lake till his lips turned blue.

By Bob,,,Arizona on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 09:37 am:

The lake looks so cool.I live here in Peoria,Az. and it was 117 at home Tuesday.Whats the water temp??Bob

By yoop on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 09:49 am:

44 degrees in the bays and harbors

By Shelley , Corunna, MI on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 09:55 am:

What courage! The jump wouldn't bother me, but the ice cold water waiting below might do me in!!! I agree with Uncle Chuck, I'd wait until August too!!! 5 weeks and counting till our trip North!

By Kate, CA on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 10:08 am:

That young boy in the third picture is sitting near one of my all time favorite spots on Presque Isle. The water, although cold, does look inviting!

By Bill, Lindenhurst, IL on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 11:12 am:

I spent 4 years up at NMU...cliff diving was an annual tradition the first week of classes. I have jumped and taken a dive off those same rocks many a times. Seemed like everyone would be out there. Water wasn't too cold...just chilly!

The third photo looks like it is from a ways down the shore from the cove where we would jump. That is one long way down where the young lad is sitting and it is a very rocky shoreline in that spot. Lots of people would rock climb that spot.

By Joel, Ca on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 11:55 am:

Oh yea, what a great shot and does that take me back to my NMU days ! I've made that jump on many a day in late Aug. and Sept. I highly suggest it,
cold water or not, just jump ! Thanks loads for the great photo. It brings back some great memories,leaving the friendly confines of Gant Hall, heading out to the cliffs, taking the jump ! Wow, it seems like 10 minutes ago. That photo totally made my day and good luck to all of the new grads !!

By Roudy Mi on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 12:21 pm:

In reviewing the first two pictures, I see a lot of enthusiasm demonstrated in that first picture, but in the second picture I believe I see a bit of reluctance to continue with the course of events that have been chosen. What do you think?

By Janie, Ia. on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 12:23 pm:

He should have done the"cannonball"!

By David S. - CA. on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 12:27 pm:

Oh, to be young. I have so many memories of swimming at the Calumet Waterworks and few included warm water. Usually very cool, but in the 1950's, swimming in the big cold lake was a treat. Looks like it still is.

By PJ, AZ on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 12:28 pm:

Following the progression of pictures I got the impression he was jumping into the fountain of youth. ;)

By Bob Peoria,Az on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 12:41 pm:

In the summer what does the lake warm up to.?I couldn't get in cooler that 80 degrees.water temp..Another hot day,about 117 in the shade,I have seen it 122.That is hot..I miss the UP...Bob

By Riv on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 12:59 pm:

Ahh, my first dip this year in Lady Superior (May month) was at a brisk water temp of 42 degrees. A cold caress indeed.

By Daugher #2, Santa Catalina Island, CA on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 04:25 pm:

HAPPY 65th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY to Charles and Joyce Hart! Thank you for your great example of a loving, faithful, congenial husband and wife relationship. God bless you.

By jeff in Texas on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 04:41 pm:

What a great metaphor for graduating from high school. "Taking the plunge", "In over your head" and "Leap of faith" all come to mind. Ahhhh to be young and fearless. I get queasy riding the ferris wheel with my four year old these days:)

By downstate don on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 06:29 pm:

Happy Anniversary Charles and Joyce Hart. Hope
you have many happy and healthy ones ahead.

By Auntie J.,Traprock on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 08:55 pm:

Great pictures from a great album taken by a great guy!!!

By A.B.,Traprock Valley on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 09:05 pm:

Great pics! Keep it up! I want to go swimming there!

By bobby, VA on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 09:17 pm:

re: Bob Peoria,Az

If the water temp makes it above 60, you are doing good. But the thermocline is about 24 inches below the surface, so you never get too warm swimming. Especially if you dive.

By FLYIN my MOONEY on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 09:38 pm:

Now that looks like fun.......Not as much fun as skydiving at CMX in the winter of 68, but close...My heart goes out to all those that look hard at the risk and determine if the reward is worth it..they call them WINNERS...........

By Barry Seymour on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 08:22 pm:

This happens all the time! Check out this photo I took last summer and the two pix that follow it.


Black Rocks in Marquette is the BEST.

By dan nestmann (Look_out_below) on Monday, September 12, 2005 - 03:10 pm:

im up at michigan tech and love cliff jumping, how do i get there from here, here is houghton on 41. also if you like the pics check out this video we made of us jumping at canyon river falls


it has sound so make sure you can here it.


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