Portaging the Kal-Haven

Not enough to stop a pair of intrepid cyclists from Berrien County.

Not enough to stop a pair of intrepid cyclists from Berrien County.

(Kal-Haven Trail, Michigan) We rode a stretch of this rails-to-bikes path through the Michigan countryside on Wednesday and discovered that Tuesday’s powerful thunderstorms had churned up our favorite bike route, toppling trees and dropping limbs and branches in a swath from South Haven to Bloomingdale.  No matter. We pressed on and portaged when and where necessary, avoiding, of course, any and all contact with poison ivy.  Our persistence yielded an out-and-back ride of some 33 miles on a mostly sunny day in the great state of Michigan, our chosen state since 1987.  Oh, when we saw other cyclists picking branches off the trail, we stopped and did likewise.  We also saw crews from Consumers Power and the Van Buren County Road Commission hard at work cleaning up the storm damage and restoring power and clearing the trail.  Thanks to all, and that just showed us once again that the Kal-Haven is a much-loved trail between South Haven and Kalamazoo.  See you out there this summer and fall.  Happy Trail!!!!

Traffic was flowing over the Black River Wednesday despite Tuesday's storm.

Traffic was flowing over the Black River Wednesday despite Tuesday’s storm.

We made it to Bloomingdale before turning back for South Haven.  We counted at least five portages.

We made it to Bloomingdale before turning back for South Haven. We counted at least five portages.

Natalie demonstrates proper portaging on the Kal-Haven.

Natalie demonstrates proper portaging on the Kal-Haven.

And here’s the video:

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Serenity Now!!!

I was starting a ride on the Kal-Haven Trail yesterday with Natalie in a bad frame of mind, worrying over things I cannot change.  And then, lo and behold on the Black River:  Serenity!

I was starting a ride on the Kal-Haven Trail yesterday with Natalie in a bad frame of mind, worrying over things I cannot change. And then, lo and behold on the Black River: Serenity!

 

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Endless Summer

If you take summer one day at a time, then today you have a perfect summer day that is just for today.

If you take summer one day at a time, then today you have a perfect summer day that is just for today.

 

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Beach Birds

SeaHawk is ready for some pelagic birding.  She helped me turn up a Caspian Tern.

SeaHawk is ready for some pelagic birding. She helped me turn up a Caspian Tern.

(West Coast of Michigan)  While the sharper-eyed members of the Berrien Birding Club, or BBC, have been spotting such notables as the American Avocet along our sparkling shore, we have been limited to the usual suspects: Ring-billed Gulls and Ring-billed Gulls and Ring-billed Gulls, and the occasional Red-tailed Hawk perched in a snag overlooking Lions Park Beach in old Saint Joe.  But, hey, I did break out good old SeaHawk yesterday and had a close encounter a half-mile out with a southbound Caspian Tern.  Things are looking up, eh? Expect more pelagic patrols and possibly a photo or two from sea of the fall migration.  Just need a calm day in order to keep the camera out of the drink.  Fair winds and following seas, fellow sea hawks.

A common visitor to our shore: the always elegant Ring-billed Gull.

A common visitor to our shore: the always elegant Ring-billed Gull.

This young Red-tailed Hawk had his eyes on the action at Lions Park Beach in Saint Joe.

This young Red-tailed Hawk had his eyes on the action at Lions Park Beach in Saint Joe.

This little birdie had none to guard on a foggy morning in the back-half of August.

This little birdie had none to guard on a foggy morning in the back-half of August.

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Veganomics

This little piggie says:  "Don't eat me.  It's not too late to become a vegan."

This little piggie says: “It’s not too late to become a vegan.”

 

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Lady’s Day

I haven’t been able to get Mom off my mind this morning, so I thought I would post a picture that I know will make her smile down from heaven:

Mom, We were all there for you June 11.  Love you, more!

Mom, We were all there for you June 11. Love you, more!

 

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Summertime Blue

Sometimes a shot just up and smacks you in the lens.  This one got me the other day on our beach in Harbert, Michigan.

Sometimes a shot just up and smacks you in the lens. This one got me the other day on our beach in Harbert, Michigan.

 

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