Dec 05-00

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2000: December: Dec 05-00
Houghton Co. Road Commission    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Jonathan Hopper
Braving the Elements    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Jonathan Hopper

Charlie at Pasty Central on Tuesday, December 5, 2000 - 11:18 pm:

Some pretty fierce wind today in the Keweenaw. As always, the rugged men on their plows were out and about. The giant trucks require a lot of maintenance, and these shots tell quite a story.

It appears that there was a flat on the front passenger side. Perhaps the welding hoses are draped because of heating the lug bolts. Bring back any fond memories of changing a flat in a stinging, blinding snow?

Our hats off to the men and women who keep the roadways of the peninsula accessible.

By Larry-IN on Wednesday, December 6, 2000 - 06:58 am:

Charlie- one of the stories I tell the "flatlanders" here, is phoning the snowplow
driver for my road to see when (or if) he would be
getting me out after a big blow. These guys are great..I remember calling Monday AM and Ron let me
know he would get my (very quiet..2 homes)road
about Wed.AM as he had to keep going over the county road as it would blow closed. I hauled in
a load of wood..started some stew..found a book I had ment to read..and did what my grandfather used to do "LET IT SNOW". Its great to allow the weather to rule on occasion!!

By Paul, MI on Wednesday, December 6, 2000 - 08:28 am:

Those guys on the road crews are to be commeneded. They push a lot of snow really fast and it helps all the yoopers get around. I love this snow!
It's great! And believe it or not I like the cold winds too!

By g in detroit on Wednesday, December 6, 2000 - 04:28 pm:

Your roadcrews do a great job with the snow. Thy need to come to the lower half and show them how to get the job done right.

By Former Yooper now on Thursday, December 7, 2000 - 10:40 am:

I agree with g....the crew's in the up do a great job, but i must disagree with one thing, the crew's in the lower do a good job also. They have to contend with a heckuva lot more traffic and the idiot drivers that think an SUV means they can go as fast down the Freeways as they do in the summer. Also, there are a heckuva lot more lane miles for the road commisions and state highway to maintain down here (Yes, I too live downstate, former yooper though). So g, just think about it next time you see a snow truck on I 94....give him some credit, maybee some room too. He's doing the best he can.

By Melissa Baillod, WI on Friday, December 8, 2000 - 11:37 pm:

Are you sure that's not Santa Claus in that picture?;) I'm glad that I only get up that way in the winter for short periods of time. Growing up in the Copper Country was quite the experience in the winter. I still miss the area, if only the job market was better in the IT industry. I'd move back up there in a heart beat.:)

By P on Friday, December 3, 2004 - 11:59 am:

can you actually post to a blast/past?

Sure looks that way! 8-)

By Anne on Friday, December 3, 2004 - 08:28 pm:

The Road Commission does a phenomenal job in control the glaciers! They are remarkable, hard-working, dedicated workers. Life here would be impossible without them. I have lived here my whole life and have nothing but praise for them !

By Ken ja Mimi from da UP on Friday, December 3, 2004 - 09:10 pm:

Amen to the Road Commision employees, drivers and equipment operators. Those guys put in some long, hard days and nights. They are MUCH appreciated, even down here in Cornell.

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