Dec 10-01

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Photo by Daryl Laitila

By Daryl Laitila on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 08:27 am:

Sunday was a perfect day for a ride out to the "Covered Road", towards Liminga. A beautiful stretch of trees about 3.5 miles long covers the road making a tunnel. It's most lovely to travel in the fall when the leaves are at their peak.

By Naomi,East Lansing MI on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 10:08 am:

Makes me wish I was up there ~
I miss all the serene and tranquil scenes in the U.P.~ No where in Lansing can you go for a drive to enjoy the "scenery and relax"
I think this pic makes alot of us away from the U.P. wish we were there on that road home right now :)

By Dave da troll on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 10:53 am:

Beautiful shot, Daryl!

Many years ago, the Covered Road was the mainline for the Atlantic and Lake Superior Railroad. I can only imagine working in the cab of the engine hauling a train of loaded jennies to the mill and dragging empties back up to the mine.... The cold air and clouds of white steam with the smell of coal smoke and a hint of steam oil..... The gentle rocking of the locomotive as it trundled the tracks, and the rhythmic precussion of the steam exhaust and the clickety clack of wheels on rail, sending the snow from the branches falling where it would sparkle in the sunlight.....

It sure is nice to be given the opportunity to see these things. The Pasty Cam is a window for those of us who don't live in "God's Country" to get our daily fix of life there! I'm grateful that there are still places where we can enjoy what the Almighty has created, and grateful there are still places in the state where land hasen't been subdivided and paved over....

By Suzanne Pusa, Belleville, IL on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 12:20 pm:

Darryl Laitila: Are you related to Amanda Laitila who was married to Matt Pusa. Amanda was my great grandmother.

By Kathleen Barton, St. Paul, MN on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 01:15 pm:

When I lived in Houghton, I used to love to ride my bike out to Redridge. Head down Canal Road then the 3.5 miles uphill to get to Covered Road. Because it used to be a railroad mainline, it is flat and a welcomed break after the last 3.5 mile stretch. So beautiful with the sun pouring through the leaves along that road. I'd continue on to spend some time on the beach before heading back. The 3.5 mile downhill on the way back was a total rush. Whoever lived at the bottom of the hill would always wave and tell me to pedal faster. Good memories. Thanks for the photo!

By Nancy Nelson, WI on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 06:46 pm:

I spent the first two years of my life in Houghton at the bottom of that hill. We lived in the location across from the smelter when we moved up from Arkansas. The covered road was a frequent "Sunday Drive".

By mike,tx on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 02:50 am:

Couldnt have said it better Naomi!

Looks like a place where you could go to here nothing but the birds and the trees blowing in the wind.
How I miss the presious sound of silence.

By Stephanie@Flat Rock,Michigan on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 11:42 am:

I agree with Mike and Naomi both!
Living in a city *where there is no peace and quiet to be found, no beauty of nature,lakes and sunsets* , Makes me long for the days of tranquil Sunday drives in the beautiful U.P of Michigan.

By susan on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 02:27 pm:

Remember Earl Gagnon who wrote for the Gazette and loved to use flowery words? He always called this the arborial tunnel.

By Heidi, HI on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 03:08 pm:

Thanks to a friend that I just met, told me about this site and about the snow. That picture is just so lovely. Wish I could see more of those things around here. Makes me think, the country isn't all that bad; but I don't know if I could give up the city. Been in the city all of my life. But it's a nice thing to look at. Just looking at it all puts a smile on your face and just makes it a great day to be alive.

By ~D~ LENAWEE COUNTY, MI on Monday, December 17, 2001 - 03:46 pm:


By cfob,Michigan on Thursday, October 2, 2003 - 08:04 am:

I visited the the arborial tunnel thirty years ago and have never forgotten the drive...I was reading the Hobbit at the time and it reminded me of something right out of Mirkwood Forest. I can still remember how amazed I was that I couldn't see the sky for so many miles.

By katz michigan on Friday, December 10, 2004 - 05:21 pm:

Pulleeze! Don't mention "snowmobiles" on that (practically) last spot on earth without the intrusion of those infernal machines.
Don't say I know naught about those machines. I DO! I rode them in their first glory(?) back in the early 70's. BUT - we did not think of despoiling the natural countryside. Honest! You see we belonged to a group of snowmobilers (family club) and showed our children the wonder of nature without running rampant over hill and dale - - and farm yard

By Brogie in Madison Wis on Friday, December 10, 2004 - 10:26 pm:

Memories, just beautiful!! Would that have been the old railroad grade of the DSS&A? - the Duluth South Shore & Atlantic RR?

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