Jason made a curious find. Do you know what it is?
It's called a "conk" - Inonotus Obliquus, a mushroom/fungus more commonly known as Chaga. It's a parasite on birch & other trees but apparently it's prized for human consumption for its medicinal qualities. I had no idea. But now that I do, I'll be on the lookout for more.
Sadly, fall has brought more than just beauty to our area.
Lakefront property owners have been dealing with the effects of high lake levels all over Northern Michigan. Now, property owners along the coast of Lake Michigan are experiencing massive shoreline erosion. People are losing frontage, staircases, boat hoists, and more. The photos & video clips below were taken October 22, 2019 just a few miles outside of Eastport, MI.
Each video clip below is under a minute long but they capture the powerful destruction of Lake Michigan much better than the photos.
Coastlines are forever changing but it's sad to see it happen like this.
We hiked the trail downstream, then back upstream to the bridge. While I read the writing on the wall, Jason searched the nooks & crannies for traces of black sand. Yes, there could be gold in them there hills! Gold can be found throughout Michigan. It was left by glacial deposits but a few lode deposits are also known to exist.
Presque Isle - Our Final Destination
Breathtaking, isn't it? But wait...there's more!
Our friends also have a view of the New Presque Isle Lighthouse.
Constructed in 1870, the New Presque Isle Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse tower accessible to the public on the Great Lakes. It is located on the shores of Lake Huron near Presque Isle Harbor. I can see now a return trip is in order. There's so much more to explore!
Summer may be over but our Pillywiggin Adventures are not.
Autumn is our favorite season to explore Northern Michigan.
Who knows where we'll turn up next?!
We just returned from our annual camping party with a great group of friends. We camp out in the boonies near Comins, MI. The property includes a private lake and the wildlife is abundant. Deer, turkey, raccoon & bear come in daily. This year we were treated to an extra special visitor, a Blanding's Turtle.
Blanding's Turtles are semi-aquatic turtles native to the central & eastern portions of the United States & Canada. Named after Dr. William Blanding, the American naturalist who first observed this species, Blanding's Turtles are an endangered species throughout most of the areas they inhabit.
Blanding's Turtles are unique because they show little to no signs of aging. Because of its size we can safely assume this turtle is old. But how old is anyone's guess. Blanding's Turtles reach sexual maturity after 14 to 20 years and can breed into their 80's!
Blanding's Turtle Identification
Watch the Video Below to See a Blanding's Turtle In Action
Another great catch for Jason!
Last weekend we celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.
Life with Jason certainly has been an adventure.
But I never imagined our lives would become a Pillywiggins Adventure.
Yet here we are...
Living Happily Ever After
Greetings! My name is Julie. I'm a bookkeeper by trade, an artisan by choice & the author of this blog by default. :)