Sunday, July 29, 2012

Waiting for the Storm on Lake Vermilion

The weather on Lake Vermilion is changeable – what starts out as a lovely day can turn stormy far more quickly than one ordinarily would guess.

As the day comes to an end, the sky above the bay on one side of us is still and quiet, as if settling in for a peaceful night.

 However, the news indicates there are storms nearby and the sky in that direction looks as if it is considering delivering some nasty weather later this evening. 
The rain begins around midnight.

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Taking a Spin on Lake Vermilion

It looks as if it will be another beautiful day, perfect weather for spending some time out on Lake Vermilion.   
 As usual, we start with a quick check on the neighborhood kids, one of which is practicing using his wings.
It won’t be long before these juvenile eagles are soaring high above the lake with their parents.

It is a beautiful day to be out and along the way we run into others who feel the same, mostly fishermen, but also a family of osprey.


Where the lake is more easily accessible via road, there are more cabins and resorts, but there are still loons everywhere.

It is still a good place to be.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Just One of the Local Eagles

On the way home we get to greet one of the local eagles again.
This seems like a sign that it is a good neighborhood!

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Ely Blueberry Festival

There are lots of people and crafts in town for Ely’s annual Blueberry Art Festival.
 
 
While this is a BLUEBERRY festival, the only blueberries I see are incorporated into a few baked goods.
Not that those aren’t delicious, mind you.

At least there is plenty of Dorothy’s Root Beer available to keep everyone cool and refreshed all afternoon.
 

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Investigating a Little Piece of Paradise on Lake Vermilion

We are staying on a part of Lake Vermilion that is not accessible by land. It isn’t an island, but it feels a lot like one.
 
 
 
There is a lot of variety in this small area. Everything one needs, really, for a true north woods experience.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Happy Hour on Lake Vermilion

It’s too nice an evening to spend Happy Hour on shore, so we head for the pontoon to take a tour of this section of Lake Vermilion.
This allows us to share the evening with a pair of juvenile bald eagles, several families of loons, and a whole gaggle of mergansers.
 
(The mergansers are funny, as first we see a long line of them swimming away along the shore and then, when we came around a bend, we found an even larger group basking in a sunny cove.)
Mostly we share the evening with lots of trees and water.
 But it all makes for a very enjoyable Happy Hour. 

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