Jul 02-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: July: Jul 02-04
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Photo by Joshua Soumis

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 08:26 am:

Josh Soumis found an ideal place with which to view the Keweenaw scenery... He says this is a view of the Portage Canal, from somewhere on the Massie Road. I'm familiar with the Massie Road, name-wise, but am not certain where it is. I'm one of those sight-seers that is so busy looking at everything, that I don't pay attention to the details of how I got there. So blindfold me, twist me around a couple times and I won't know which way to go for the return trip. Oh well, I can't think of more lovely spot than this, to have to spend my days anyway. It's quite the vista!

By Brad of Canton Mi. on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 08:26 am:

Good morning all. T minus 24 hours until my S.E. Michigan departure, for the whirlwind trip.

First Post

By Yooper in Westland on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 08:33 am:

I'd have to guess this is just down the road from Josh's house in Chassell. :)

By Down State Dave on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 08:33 am:

John - Nice shot! I'm a little confused also as to the location. Is this over looking the southern part of the canal? In any event, great shot and depth of field.

By Quinnie in GR on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 08:36 am:

Good morning to everyone in Quinnesec!

By danbury; germany on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 08:50 am:

More, more, more!
Ok, nice pic. What's that in the background? Huron Mts.?

By Yooper in Westland on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 08:53 am:

It's either the Huron Mtns (Mount Arvon in the center) or there has been some serious geological activity going on up there we haven't heard about. :D

By Yooper Joe fomerly of GB, WI now Brighton, MI on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 09:02 am:

Yooper in Westland: I will blaze the trail for you I am out of here in 3hr.

Saturday- Lake of the Clouds (breakfast in Hermansville Wildwood or Bea's in Iron Mtn.)Sunday- Gladstone, Garden (good whitefish) and Esky festivities and fireworks (take a little trip in the boat too!) Monday- tinker around camp and if there is no rain go for another boat ride. My future bride has never been to the west side yet so this will be a first for us. If the spirit moves us I will take her up to Copper Harbor which should make a great stop for dinner. Have a wonderful weekend to you all.

By rob in dc on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 09:04 am:

Great picture of The Big Picture. How did so much beauty and wonder come to be concentrated in one place, the U.P.?

By Mary Ann, WY on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 09:12 am:

Wish I were heading to the UP for the 4th of July. The midwest 4th of July's are a lot of fun. Hope you have good weather. I would love to be at the Pasty Fest.

By Yooper in Westland on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 09:13 am:

rob in dc - I think the beauty comes (a lot) from the lack of people/development to spoil it. If that piece of land was within 100 miles of Detroit it would be a subdivision.

By Bthecute1, San Jose on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 09:13 am:

Must have been that earthquake you just had a few days ago, displacing all your landmarks.
Yep! geological activity displacement. :)

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 09:15 am:

Fabulous picture. Love it!

By Bthecute1, San Jose on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 09:17 am:

Actually, it looks like the east foothills surrounding San Jose, with Mt.Baldy in the background, and a city between.

By bill ball..Mn. on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 09:29 am:

A great canal view.

By Yooper in Westland on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 09:44 am:

Wish I was on vacation like most people who usually post a hundred messages by this time. ;)

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 09:45 am:

Good morning from Michigan's capitol. Edie and I are on a quick trip to Lansing, and hope to make it back in time for Pasty Fest 2004 on Sunday afternoon.

On our way out of Houghton yesterday we stopped into Dee Stadium to check out the photo fair, part of Copper Country Homecoming. We arrived before the opening and browsed the wonderful collection of historic displays. At the front entrance of the Dee, we blended right in with the crowd in the massive Amphidrome mural. If you're in the Copper Country this weekend, don't miss it!

Charlie and Edie

By BT,TC on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 09:58 am:

On our way to Curtis in a few hours for the 4th...not quite like Lake Linden...but still fun...and alot shorter drive! Can't wait to be on the road and arriving at the cottage...hopefully in time for the sunset over the Big Manistique! Happy Fourth....Copper Country!

By Yooper in Westland on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 10:08 am:

It's amazing what you'll see if you keep up with the posts during the day.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 10:11 am:

Leaving at 5 a.m. tomorrow for Aura and the shores of beautiful Keweenaw Bay. See you all at Pasty Fest Sunday in your red, white and blue!

By danbury; germany on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 10:24 am:

Amazingly, this is one post especially for you, Yooper in Westland!:)
Thank you for the answer.

By Clyde Elmblad...L'Anse, MI on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 10:55 am:

I know this beautiful scene very well as our family cottage is located on Portage Lake right at the bottom of this hill.
Just north of Chassell, turn left from US41 at Pillowman Appliances or right if you're coming south from Houghton. This is Massie Road. Drive to the top of the hill where you can the panoramic view. The mountains in the background are definately the Huron Mountains. At night you can see the lights of L'Anse.

By ric, WI on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 11:00 am:

What a BEAUTIFUL VIEW,,,reminds me of the scenery near the Matanuska Glacier near Portage, Alaska...


By WhiskeyCreek on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 12:24 pm:

Naw - It could almost pass as a view of the Naknek River just below the rapids. Been there - done that many years ago.

By paul on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 01:00 pm:

Nice photo
I always imagined that the sleeping giant's brother
was sleeping in the Huron Mountains.

By PK, Wisconsin on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 01:14 pm:

To all travelers: Have a safe 4th...and have lots of fun at
PastyFest. We can't make it this year.

By SarahK, Livonia on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 01:21 pm:

Yooper in Westland, have a great drive to WI this weekend.

By ert, GA on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 01:34 pm:

Today's picture made me start wondering about something. The iron ore boats used to use the Portage Canal, right? But they couldn't go all the way through it, could they?

By george, MI on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 01:38 pm:

is there a web cam in operation on isle royal?

By Yooper in Westland on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 02:31 pm:

Now that it's happened a couple times I should clarify. :) I (unfortunately) will not be traveling anywhere this holiday weekend but everyone who is...Drive Safely Please!

By DH, smokey Temecula, CA on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 02:45 pm:


Boats went all the way through after the original canal was completed in 1870's. The south end was dredged to its current configuration during the late 30's and 40's.

By Paul & Cora, Webberville Trolls on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 03:50 pm:

Neat picture. Everyone have a safe long weekend. Any one know Don and Pam Hawley at Lake Linden?
Friends of ours, probably Eagle River Troll knows them also. If you see them, say Hi for us please!

By pt, mi. on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 03:54 pm:

see the centenial school demolition at:


By Mr. Pastyhead on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 04:22 pm:

Mr. Pastyhead activates Pete Torola's link:

Centennial School Demolition

By Music and Outdoor Lover on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 05:04 pm:

Beautiful picture!

I think this could stand in for the opening scene in "The Sound of Music".... Can you just see Julie Andrews singing with her arms outstretched?

By Phyllis M IL on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 06:06 pm:

Thanks Mr. Pastyhead for the pictures of the demolation of the centennial school. Sorry my husband and I won't be on our way this weekend to the up --- but on a lighter note -- we will be on our way in approx 30 days. We wish everyone a safe trip ans keep us at home informed of all of the festivities!

By stuck in wi. dang it .. on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 07:23 pm:

go to the hills
When my heart is lonely.
I know I will hear
What I heard before.
My heart will be blessed
With the sound of music
And Iíll sing once more.

from the sound of music

By H from Oklahoma on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 08:40 pm:

How does a traveler access the wireless internet in the Calumet area? How much? Where are the access points?

By wanda, Calumet MI on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 09:07 pm:

I love the photo of the Huron Mountains...I will be camping at the mouth of the river soon...looking forward to it...got my bug spray...all is well!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 10:01 pm:

Wanda: Have a good time at the mouth of the Huron--a beautiful and quiet spot!

By Therese from just below the bridge on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 10:05 pm:

Our boss Mike Ilenich is on his way home to Calumet for the week. If anyone sees him tell him "Hi" from us Trolls back at the lab.

By JIM IN BRECENRIDGE on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 11:00 pm:


By Yooper-To-Be in 2005, Saginaw, MI on Friday, July 2, 2004 - 11:57 pm:

On our way to Traverse City for the Cherry Festival in the morning. Looking forward to seeing the Blue Angels. REALLY looking forward to our trip to the Keweenaw 3 weeks from today!

By FRNash/PHX, AZ on Saturday, July 3, 2004 - 12:03 am:

H from Oklahoma:
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By Kevin K. Lodi, CA. on Saturday, July 3, 2004 - 06:36 am:

Peaches, peaches every where.
Funny to see that Traverse City is just now having the Cherry Festival, we had our's over a month ago, and are harvesting peaches now.
Happy and safe 4th to everyone.

By MAS, Howell, MI on Tuesday, July 6, 2004 - 11:46 am:

Picture of Huron Mtns reminds me of my father who passed away in January of this year. He was camping/fishing at the mouth of Huron on Memorial day weekend 1970 the day I was born. We miss our dad dearly. We had a burial service this past Memorial day weekend. He always appreciated the beauti of the Huron Mtns in the background coming from Calumet to Houghton. Thanks for the picture,

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