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
Are the needled trees in your landscaping looking brown & sickly? There's a good chance it's due to one (or both) of the needle cast diseases sweeping though our area. Rhizosphaera Needle Cast & Stigmina Needle Cast diseases are devastating local needled tree populations. Both are caused by fungi and both can infect your trees at the same time.
The best way to prevent tree loss and the spread of both diseases is to AVOID PLANTING ALL TREES SUSCEPTIBLE TO THESE INFECTIONS. Unfortunately, most nurseries & plant catalogs are still full of them!
When a large blue spruce in our front yard began losing needles we started looking for answers online. What we found was all bad news. Most articles we read warn there is still much to be learned about Rhizosphaera & Stigmina Needle Cast Disease. Limited information is available online, even fewer options exist for successfully treating these diseases. Bottom line, we expect to lose a few of our trees and you probably will too. Here's what we know so far.
Our Best Advice,
Watch Your Trees Closely & Please Avoid Spreading Disease.
DO NOT PURCHASE OR PLANT SUSCEPTIBLE SPECIES
(Until more info & effective treatments become available)
Greetings! My name is Julie. I'm a bookkeeper by trade, an artisan by choice & the author of this blog by default. :)