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Super Alison up from Chile, with her friend Mark, and Super Marlowe (who had to leave Dima behind in Canada) have come to join us for a week in northern Wisconsin, and today we've fetched Marlowe at the airport and arrived at the cottages on Lake Superior at about sundown.
That's Kristin's family's installation on the Lake Superior shore in Michigan's UP, as we're unpacking and trying to fire up the outdoor grill.
That's the sundown. Amongst us, we've got 644 photographs of sundowns on this and successive evenings.
Immediate family: Alison and Marlowe with the Old Dad
Dinner time in the cottage
The next day
We're setting out for a hike up on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, near Calumet
A pretty disappointing hike near Bear Lake in the McLain State Park, sadly -- we found it through a guidebook called Easiest Negligible Hikes in Michigan, and weren't disappointed.
Mark and Alison and Lake Superior
The next day again. Surf's Up!
Marlowe and Dad waking up slowly to the new day
Back to the Porkies. We're up to Summit Peak in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and getting ready for an adventure.
Memorializing our visit to Summit Peak, Michigan, USA, early August 2010
And now we're down the South Mirror Lake Trail. Hi ho, hi ho.
A swamp near the Beaver Creek, Summit Peak on the horizon
Mark emerging from the wilderness
Alison also emerging from the wilderness
Now we're all looking for the cute little fishies in the Beaver Creek
Now for the Presque Isle River eastern trail
Kristin near the falls
Insect spray near to hand
The East River Trail
Presque Isle almost-an-isle spur of the river
Marlowe with camera
The Chilean ALMA team on the Presque Isle
Lake Superior on the Presque Isle
Kristin in contemplation of beach stones (looking for agates)
Starting back up the West River Trail, and thence back to Wisconsin
A demon of the Porkies sees us off across the state border
Back on the lake in the Wisconsin Northwoods, an expedition is being got together
Kristin's getting everyone outfitted and planning, after we've set off, to take the towel off her head
Mark's on the hydrobike, Alison's got the kayak.
We're getting turned round and started in the right direction.
A practiced kayaker
The leaders are off, and we're following.
Alison leading, Mark carrying on, Marlowe and her Fond Papa in the canoe
Way down the far end of the lake, nowhere farther to go
Solidarity for the return trip
Back at the family cottages
Alison and kayak
Everybody on the dock
Kristin crossing to what used to be an island, before the recent years-long drought.
The lake levels are way, way down, the past few years, but a few days after this, the heavens opened down upon us for several days.
A week later, this tree was barely showing out of the lake.
A brief drought-related digression
Longtime lake people are probably less easily impressed, but to some of us, this view a week later excels.
The island is an island again. Or nearly so.
We're hoping for similar rains daily for the next year and a half or so.
A trip out on the pontoon boat, looking for eagles cruising over the islands
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh
The land of mature democracy. We're even exporting it these days. Sometimes at gunpoint.
Time for a gang trip down the Trout River
Almost ready to go
Kristin's going the wrong way (going back to look for Dwight)
Now we've got a good start
-- Turn it the other way.
Kristin seeking ibuprofen from Cousin Rob for her injured foot
One of the tour leaders, Kristin's brother George
Picnic time halfway down the river
Kristin's niece Thea and daughter Emily
Take-out on County Road H
[Quite a few photos are by Alison and Marlowe]
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All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 28 September 2010, revised 6 October 2014.