Aug 16-02

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2002: August: Aug 16-02
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Photos by Peggy Riemer Superior's shore    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Peggy Riemer

By Rose Riemer, getting wet in the U.P on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 06:48 am:

Ive been searching for 5 years for an agate. This was my lucky day. (These are taken by my mom).

The rain did not keep us from exploring; The bottom shot is Horseshoe Harbor near Copper Harbor, MI. ALmost as fun as picking up rocks is tossing them back in the water again. It doesn't take much to entertain us.

By jack, id on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 09:26 am:

imagine how many years it took those poor rocks to finally make it to shore and the sunshine (sometimes) and you threw them back to start their journey again, good job, (hehehe)

By Larry-IN on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 11:18 am:

Love the Big Lake on rainy days...cold & rainy even better.....

By KLS, Scottsdale, AZ on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 12:42 pm:

Makes me so homesick! I'll trade you one of our sunny, hot, dry Arizona days for a wet one in a second.

By Paul, Hancock on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 12:58 pm:

I was on the beach near Great Sand Bay (about five miles west of Eagle River) when the storm hit. Then I realized that the windows in my car were open (about an inch). I got back just in the nick of time. But I gotta tell ya, I sure did love walking in the very windy rain! Lake Superior ROCKS (pun intended) rain or shine!

By jj_greenville_mi on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 01:06 pm:

great job rock hunting, with success. did you try to skip any stones across the surface of the water for their return journey?

By E. L. Nelson, Glendale, AZ on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 02:07 pm:

Looking for agates was one of my favorite pastimes back home. I could spend hours at the lake looking for them and enjoying the view. I also agree with KLS of Scottsdale, AZ. I would trade for a cool, rainy day in a second. Maybe that is why my brother always says I live in

I miss everything about the UP but in Aridzona's defense, we have many nice areas here too.

By Al, Ca on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 02:33 pm:

It's good to see the "catch and release program" is still in effect on Lake Superior. :-}

By ILMHitCC on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 03:17 pm:

I do love the summer rain, and with the dry first half of the summer and drought everywhere else it's an especially welcome sight. But I hope the weather doesn't dampen the wedding festivities! We took a cruise on the Keweenaw Star a few weeks ago in the rain and listened to good music (provided by Rob Fritz and Gail English) and loved every minute of it! The rain just made it all the more cozy.

By Candy wishing for a little rain in CA on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 04:54 pm:

I'd like to see a Lake Superior shore cool rainy day here in (ever) sunny CA -- we're only getting overcast from smog these days, but it is helping to keep the temps in the 90s instead of the triple digits! And I agree with Al -- catch and release is the best way on the Yooper beaches!

By Janet Mikkola Rosenberg on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 07:51 pm:

There is nothing more dear to my heart than rocks from Lake Superior. I found many agates and other pretty rocks at Agate Beach during my childhood in the 50s and 60s and still have many of them. When I packed up my childhood farm (four generations had lived there) to move the contents to my farm in upstate New York I put a layer of Lake Superior rocks in the bottom of each large packing box (those who moved the boxes were not all that pleased as there was hardly a carton light in weight). I even took the rocks off the sauna stove and they now sit on the stove a cousin made for the sauna we had installed in an old barn on our property. My ancestors are in the steam that rises from those rocks when we throw a dipper of cold water on the rocks during sauna nights. I also have some sizeable agates that my mother found when she was young and remember her telling me that there were many big ones in the "olden days." So, thanks for the great pictures and for the memories.

By KSMB on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 08:42 pm:

how can you tell when you have an agate?

By Agate picker on Saturday, August 17, 2002 - 09:20 am:

If you don't have a 4 wheel drive, where is a good place for picking agates in the Keweenaw now? Most of the great spots have been sold off, or bought up by conservancies to "protect" it for the public, but it's all fenced off with "tow away zone" signs...


By YooperFinn MI on Saturday, August 17, 2002 - 11:02 am:

The shoreline between Agate Beach and Rockhouse Point in Toivola is still a good place for agate hunting. I've found a couple small agates there this summer, but had to hike up the beach,away from the Stanton Township Park area.

By Tikki in beachiful Washington on Tuesday, September 3, 2002 - 04:16 pm:

So, fellow beachcombers, how many leaverites do you suppose you've found in your journeys this summer?

For those who wish to know, a leaverite is any rock you pick up that you decide you don't want, so you "leave 'er right there."

:) LOL, an old family joke that we still relate every beachcombing trip. :)

By Firmus J Opitz-Mn on Sunday, April 20, 2003 - 02:29 pm:

Many years ago(well! maybe l975) I was walking on the beach in Eagle Harbour,Mich. looking for agates, the beach was all sand with the exception of clumbs of grass here and there,I kicked one of those clumps and the very pretty light blue translucent Lake Superior rolled out about three inches long and several high.What a day!

F.Opitz Hopkins,Mn

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