May 01-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: May: May 01-03
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Toivo in the Palmetto State on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 02:15 am:

Never telling what the old Pasty Cam photo inbox will contain:

If you go up along Jacob's Falls, you can find many small / medium size of water falls. I stupidly dropped my camera into water today. It is not working anymore.. Therefore those photos might be my last photos that I will send to Pasty till I get a job and have enough money to buy another one. Have a good day.
Let 'er dry in the sunshine for a while, Taka, and we hope she'll be as good as new.

Well, I made it to Columbia in time to meet Tina's flight, and shuttle to her grandma's. Felt bad about not hooking up with Alex in Georgia. If we follow through with the T-shirt idea, I'll see that Alex gets the first one on the house.
G'night from South Carolina and g'morning from da U.P. trip notes sc
Graphics courtesty of R.T.'s Blank Plates

Sam from Ramsay MI on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 03:51 am:

Thanks for the great pic! I can almost smell the water and feel the mist on my face. Real sorry to hear about your mishap with the camera, terrible way to end a great hike. Kodak fixed my DC3200 twice in the first six months after I bought it and now that the warranty is up and it will not work again they say your on your own. So I know how tough it is to buy another one. I hope you are enjoying Columbia. It has been a while since I have thought back on my stay there at Ft. Jackson. Many fond memories Columbia & Sumpter. I wonder if Jimmies Drive inn is still at the main gate. They had these great hamburgers the size of a salad plate. Towering pines and historic homes, I hope they still remain.

By me on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 05:12 am: are much too talented...either that wet camera will dry out and work, or something's gonna happen to stick one back in your hands! Wait and see.....

By Steve the troll on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 08:50 am:

I agree...........there are enough of us who appreciate Taka's hard work, that a little thing like a camera dunk should not be impossible to overcome. Taka, please send me your email address again or "make it blue" so I can respond to you offline. Thanks

By Marsha, Genesee & the Abbaye Peninsula on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 08:59 am:

Taka--How far up the falls are you in the picture? I've been there many times, and my husband has hiked up part way. I'm curious as to how much of the falls is above what you see from the road.

By Karen P, MN on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 09:39 am:

Toivo, I read you trip note from 04/29. The correct spelling of the colour of your skin is pastey, as in paste white. I know, my skin is also pastey or as some call it "fish-belly white".
So sorry that you missed Alex. If you tried arrange your trip to meet with everyone who corresponds you'd never get home. Have a safe and wondrous trip home

By mdk, ca on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 09:42 am:

Cute, Toivo!!! Has anyone else solved his little 'puzzle"? can't wait for the whole answer. I have my suspicions as to the reast of your statement.......... Lovely photo Taka. I agree that a camera just might come your way. You have quite a talent.

By Carl Palo, P'cola, Florida on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 09:45 am:

Ever been to the headwaters of Jacob’s Creek? I visited there many years ago. My uncle, Wilbert Kristo, took us there by car, the back way. Uncle "Kris" would drive his cars anywhere. Any way the creek seemed to gush out from between two large rocks.

Uncle “Kris” was the most knowledgeable person about the Keweenaw. He owned the Office Shop in Calumet for many years. He was also a photographer who took pictures of the area and made them into post cards, of which he distributed through the Office Shop. In fact you can still find some of the post cards for sale in the area. Uncle Kris knew of "ice" mines, old narrow gage railroad beds, "lost" cemeteries, and the like, a virtual walking atlas/encyclopedia of the Keweenaw. Uncle Kris passed on quite a while back, but he and his tours of the Copper Country still remain in my memory.

By Frank C, northern Illinois on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 09:47 am:

Toivo, I love the secret message!

Taka, so sorry to hear about your digicam. Try an old trick: find a gas stove that has a pilot light in it (not electronic ignition). Don't turn it, on but put the cam inside for at least half a day. The extra warmth may dry it out safely.

Best wishes to you whatever you do, wherever you go.

By Doug, Brookville, OH on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 09:53 am:

I have a closet full of T-shirts, UP and others, but I absolutely will have to have one of those Toivo T-shirts.

By Samantha on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 09:55 am:

OK maybe I'm still asleep this morning. What secret message from Toivo?

By Samantha on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 10:02 am:

Hello?? Now I got it. All except the last little bit. Still haven't got that figured out.

By Truman Hagboom; Virgin Islands on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 10:14 am:

Taka, remove the batteries from your camera, very important to eliminate short circuiting and blowing out electronic circuits. Open the camera as much as possible and just let it dry out for at least a week. You might further damage it from heat by trying to hasten drying with heated appliances. If it is dirty it wouldn't hurt to use distilled water to flush it off and then let it dry as per above. With a prayer and some luck the camera has a good chance to come back to life. If you have already tried to operate the camera while it was internally wet your chances are not very good for it to work agan without major overhaul. I have been witness to many electronic component recoveries by following the above advice. Good luck!

From Virgin Islands.

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia, and Decoding! on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 10:16 am:

HEY! There's a blue letter in each of Toivo's state comments! I gotta check this out. I hope they're in order and not scrambled!

I want one of those shirts! AWESOME!

By Kate, CA on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 10:16 am:

I've almost got the secret.......just need a
couple more days of reports from Toivo! So sorry
to hear about your camera, Taka. Hair dryers can
be really helpful to dry out the inside. You might
find the electronics will work again. Looks like
most of the snow is gone in the U.P. Any icebergs
still in the Lake?

By FJL Milw. Wi. on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 10:18 am:

Is it possible to tour the U.S. by e-mail while never leaving the state???????????? Just wondering....

By Alex, The Guy With A Blue L In His Name! on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 10:20 am:

GRRRRRR! I got it up to where he left off... We have to wait for a few more days of travel.

Better order some Pasties and sit back and enjoy this!

By Master Decoder in Illinois on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 10:44 am:

I got it! Toivo is actually Eino!

By djb-mi. on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 10:54 am:

educational stuff here

By eyes wide shut on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 10:58 am:

Toivo it just might be true love if you are willing to give up a visit with MIckey and Pasties with Alex in order to see Tina. Her timing could have been better, but hope you both are enjoying SC. We'll Know its true love when either she gives up WA for the UP or you give up Toivola for WA. I'm ready to get in line for the tee shirts!

By taka @ mtu on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 11:03 am:

Thank your for you concerns about my camera everyone. I somehow fixed my camera. It is working ok now, still not in the perfect condition though.

It is not too far to reach the point where I am standing in the photo, probably less than quarter mile. However, the path is not easy to walk, and you probably have to soak your foot to reach the largest portion of the series of the falls. It is a continuous drop of about 30 foot or so.

U.P. seems to have many cool waterfalls that are not on the map. I am hoping to see few more before I leave here.

By Me, on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 11:08 am:

Is the headwaters to the Jacob's creek behind Central? We duck hunt on a pond that appears on a map to connect to Jacob's creek?

By Mary on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 11:21 am:

Karen P, MN:
Toivo's spelling was correct for pasty (That one IS pronounced pay'-stee). Check out the following links for Merriam-Webster Dictionary OnLine. You can click on the little red speaker after the word and it will pronounce it for you!

Don't you all just love word game puzzles?!!! At least Toivo's message isn't scrambled!! You think his real identity is going to be revealed?

By Cousin Jack on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 11:28 am:

From your friendly neighborhood cartographer:

The headwaters of Jacob's Creek is Meadow Lake and is located halfway between Copper Falls and Central(accessible from the seasonal Central Road)

meadow lake.jpg

CJ--or is it really Toivo? ;o)

Marsha, Genesee & Abbaye Peninsula on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 11:37 am:

Taka-You might like Silver River Falls north of L'anse (not the ones in the Keweenaw) and L'anse Falls. Some people say there are 50 waterfalls on the L'anse River. Both of these falls are easily accessible & good photo opps. If you want to go & need directions to the best spot, e-mail me.

By Karen P, MN on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 11:39 am:

Mary, thank you. I looked up my spelling, the one I've used for years, and it wasn't there!!!
I stand, humbly corrected.

By Kevin K, Lodi,Ca on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 12:20 pm:

Do we have enough states left for Toivo to give us the answer?

By QTip on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 01:06 pm:

Taka, that has to hurt, bigtime. Your photography is appreciated in all corners of the globe.

Have you ever thought of trying out for the Tigers? You would fit right in with the rest of their infield.

By Doug, Brookville, OH on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 02:02 pm:

This whole "Toivo" phenomena has really blossomed. Without question, Toivo has achieved the status of "cult hero" and we are his groupies.

By Robin, MI on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 03:25 pm:

It breaks my heart to hear of your wet camera. My son got the pc monitor wet this winter too and miraculously it dried out and works fine. May God bless your camera with the same good luck.

By Sue, Calumet on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 07:32 pm:

How did Taka's photo come out if the camera got broken? Am I missing something?

By Truman of Virgin Islands on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 07:52 pm:

To Sue in Calumet,

Taka's camera probably has a removeable disk or memory card. A little water should'nt hurt the media which has pictures already recorded on it. Just a matter of removing the disk or card and downloading it into a computer.

By gs in az on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 08:21 pm:

I was up in the Canadian Rockies one time and thought I saw Toivo out in the woods eating a deer. I snuck around a big rock to take a closer look. Turned out to be a Sasquatch. Kind of a relief for me though. Noone would've ever believed me if I told them I had actually seen Toivo.

By k on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 08:49 pm:

Who else remembers the beaver dam at Meadow Lake breaking in the late 60's, or early 70's ???
The gush of H2O took out the Eagle Harbor Shortcut Road, rumbled down Jacobs Falls, and washed away that motel that used to be there...
What was the name of that place ????

By BELO -LL on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 09:53 pm:


By Ken from da UP on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 10:19 pm:

I remember when the motel got washed away. We went to see and there was NOTHING left but some concrete pads. Sort of impressive.
Hope that camera is dryin' out, Taka. We'd like to see some more pix from you.
Gotta go back and read Toivo's 'note'. Saw the blue letters but didn't put 2 and 2 together. Duh.

By Marc, back on the beach inTamarack City on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 11:25 pm:

Sorry to hear about your camera! It was your Downtown Houghton photo that finally forced me to go out and buy a digital camera. Hope it stays working, now!!
Anyway, there is a website somewhere that lists a large number of UP/Keweenaw waterfalls, complete with directions, descriptions and photos. I have the URL on an old bookmark file from my Netscape back on my ship. I just have to sift through a bunch of CD's and I will post on here as soon as I find it.
Silver River falls, North of Lanse must look beautiful about now...

By Cousin Jack on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 11:30 pm:

That's what we call "poetic justice" here in the Keweenaw, K! I too saw the debacle first hand. The really awesome feat was how much of those huge poor rock piles just NW of the Eagle Harbor cutoff road the damburst's deluge took with it.
"Holy wha!" as my Cornish cousin from Calumet use'ta say.

ps: T'anks for your wonderful factoid, BELO-LL! T'at's a keeper fer shure.

By Nita, Northwestern CA on Thursday, May 1, 2003 - 11:39 pm:

Toivo is probably the reincarnation of the famous World War II secret and mysterious "Kilroy" who would show up at the most unusual places and leave his signature with only his eyes and nose peeking over a wall with the message" Kilroy was here" Could it be ???

By R Somero CA on Friday, May 2, 2003 - 02:03 am:

I remember the beaver dam bust too. I'm guessing '68 or '69.

By Cousin Jack on Friday, May 2, 2003 - 02:46 am:

Definitely early 70's, R Somero, but I couldn't reliably pinpoint the exact year without consulting DMG's archives.

Spring of '71 would be my best guess.

CJ--or is Toivo ;o)

By Frank, northern Illinois on Friday, May 2, 2003 - 10:03 am:

Marc, welcome back to the U.P.!

Now that you've got a new digcam, we'll look forward to more pix of the falls 'n stuff as spring begins to unfold.

We own property up the road from Tamarack at 18, wish we could see the creek running!

By Mary on Friday, May 2, 2003 - 10:39 am:

Is this perhaps the Waterfalls website you mentioned above? has also given a "Golden Pasty" award to a website for "Upper Michigan Waterfalls", but the link seems to be broken right now or the site is down. I'll post it anyway, in case it's just my puter!

Enjoy! :)

By LIZ, Pinckney, Mi on Friday, May 2, 2003 - 10:49 am:

I remember there was a little rock shop that was right next to the creek that got washed out, too. We took an excursion up to Copper Harbor were surprized to see the rock shop gone. It had to be 1970 or 1971 because I think I was about 6 or 7.

By j, chassell, mi on Friday, May 2, 2003 - 12:17 pm:

There is a new Nancy Drew mystery in the book store, "Pasty Lovers And Their Missing Toivo".

By Marc, Tamarack City : on Friday, May 2, 2003 - 10:39 pm:

Thanks Frank, it's good to be back. I ran up and took a peek at the falls the day after getting back and they were running hard. Very beautiful, but the pictures I took looked very washed out and dismal due to a heavy fog/mist that day. Many sunny ones to come, though...
The site I am thinking of was done by a woman from Downstate or one of the states below us to the West. I checked out the site you mentioned above by doing a search on Google for UP waterfalls. Came up with a couple good sites.
I'm still looking for the URL, but very busy with a job search at the moment. Anyone want to hire a slightly used Field Geophysicist??

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