A cold rainy day

I went back to the UP for work last week. The trip was timed so I could see some fall color, hopefully. Alas, it was just a little too early. But it was not too early for freezing temperatures!

On the drive back home, I stopped at Pictured Rocks, this time driving out to Miner's Castle instead of taking the boat tour. Before going out to the Miner's Castle overlook, I stopped at Munising Falls. You used to be able to walk behind the falls but that access has been blocked due to the risk of falling rocks.

Due to the drought conditions this summer, the water flow is lighter than usual but its still pretty nice and easy to access.

The falls drop about 50 feet before meandering down towards the Lake Superior coast. From the welcome center at the foot of the park, you can hop on the North Country trail that will start you on the hike through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Maybe next summer...

The foliage back in this canyon is beautiful. A thousand shades of green including this moss growing on the walls of the canyon.
Munising Falls is located within the city limits of Munising, commonly considered the gateway to the Western UP, where "the pretty starts."

Another shot of the falls from below.The walkway to the upper view

I really like this photo even though the focus is off. It was raining and a breezy but I love the framing of the falls in the leaves.

Alterna- Names

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Cricket Vibe

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Mint Chocolate Chip Thin Mint

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) CSch

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Green Kitteh

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Jeanette Flint

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) SchCo

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink put “The”) The Red Red Wine

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) Richard Neal

9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne, favorite candy) Contradiction Take 5

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Louise Dean


Monkey Monday

Last summer, Artie and I went to a Detroit Tiger's game (see previous post).

Artie made friends in front:

And behind us:

Now we just have to work on his composition skills.


Monkey Monday

A couple of pictures from Rosa's birthday party in August. Letting Artie go in the lake with the camera is a little nerve wracking but he's been pretty responsible so far. I believe telling him that I'd require payment in the form of fingers and toes for any damages was a highly effective in this regard.

A shot of the other photog on scene:

The birthday girl with Uncle Ryan:

I believe the nametag is self-explanatory:

Artie's obligatory self-portrait:

Rosa after the party, all tuckered out:


Monkey Monday

Artie's Art:

Today's picture is courtesy of Artie, my 6 year old cousin. He's a big fan of the camera and loves taking photos of everything and anything. However, you can't call him a photographer. I guess that is just too much for him (or he doesn't understand what a photog is!). Every week, I'll post something he took but for the first week, here is a picture of the artiste.

Now aged 6, Arturo is 4 in this picture. And wearing my make-up, applied by a different sort of artist, his big sis Kayla.