Saturday, September 26, 2015

Iron Mushroom - purple haze

If there was ever a reason... this is it - the sunrise

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If history has proven one thing there are events that are remembered and made famous and those that are nearly forgotten.  It takes a little discomfort to instill the true spirit of adventure; one needs to venture outside their comfort zone to experience it.  (hang on while I change the water in my foot bath, and grab my blanky).

Par for the course, work gets in the way ~ So I will recap - It was a warm one out there, up and over Tippy Dam, frolicking in Manistee lake and a sunrise that defines nature's beauty.

Light breeze,  purple sky above

Paddling adventures can be measured in many ways; I like to look at one's meals as a bench mark of success, coupled with speed, efficiency and comfort of the trip - I could explain it further, but I would need charts and graphs.  Anyway... The Shroomers feasted last night - Jack, beef stew; Mark, Chilli Mac; Lauren, Shepard's pie -  right now there are  hikers everywhere wishing they bought a canoe over a backpack and walking stick.

Camp Life on the Manistee:

The marsh, to him who enters it in a receptive mood, holds, besides mosquitoes and stagnation, melody, the mystery of unknown waters, and the sweetness of Nature undisturbed by man. — (Charles William Beebe, Log of the Sun)  Or as Lauren has put it so eloquently here on the Manistee ~ "Slept in some tall stinging nettle last night. Snoring everywhere, so we all got some much needed sleep, yeah"

The Shroomers are pushing from shore 0650 est; Jack is such a kidder, he has sold the group on the idea that it is going to be an easy day... tee hee.

Factoid: Tippy Dam or Tippy Hydro was built 1918 and is a hydroelectric dam operated by Consumers Energy. The original name of the dam was Junction Hydro, but it was renamed to honor a Consumers board of directors member, Charles W. Tippy. The dam spans the Manistee River about 170 miles from its headwaters which include Manistee Lake, on the river's way to Lake Michigan. 

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