When the bear rolls over in his den…

A husky. Not a bear...

Let’s still talk about the Heikinpaiva celebration up in Hancock this weekend.  Remember what “Heikinpaiva” means?  It means when the bear rolls over in his (or her) den.  What it really means is that the bear is snoozing in his den, half-asleep.  Suddenly he senses that the winter is half over.  Time to roll over on the other side.  That is, unless the bear is a mama nursing cubs.  If that’s the case, I’ll bet she doesn’t roll over.  The poor little cubs would be crushed. 

Here is a link to a real mama bear hovering over her cubs in a den.  You won’t see much action.  Usually when I check in she’s lying like a lump of black fur over her cubs. 

Clomp, clomp, clomp. Horses clomp by outside the car window.

Let’s put it another way:  we’re rolling over in our Upper Peninsula dens, convinced that this is the Midwinter Point.  Groundhog’s day approaches on Tuesday.  This is the hump.  We won’t be freezing much longer.  Spring is just…we’re sure…around the corner.  

Kick sledding

Thus a celebration is required!  Study all these photos carefully.  You will notice a husky at the Polar Plunge.  (See yesterday’s post.)  A couple of horses plod along a busy Hancock street.  I caught the duo through the window of our Buick.  They pulled a wagon filled with children and parents along the traffic-laden road.  The following photos show the fine art of kick-sledding.  Finnish kids played on kicksleds for years, I am sure.  Look at the fun the children are experiencing!  

Triple kicksled action


Even the baby is having fun.  Heikinpaiva is that kind of celebration. It appeals to all ages.   

Hi baby. You like Heikkinpaiva too?

As I mentioned yesterday, we failed to witness the Wife Carrying event.  I am sorry to report.  I wonder if there were any wives carrying husbands.  I wonder if it looks like a barbaric cave-man scene.  I really want to view the wife carrying game one of these years.  If we could figure out what time they haul one another around the playing field.

Be sure to see the wife carrying competition...


Of course we couldn’t simply attend the Heikinpaiva celebration in Hancock and return home.  We love eating out!  This time we visited Joey’s Seafood Restaurant in Houghton.  Barry ate the three-piece fish and chips.  I sampled the Jambalaya with garlic bread.  I am discovering that my photographic eye never turns off these days.  You can be spooning Jambalaya into your mouth and your eye is gauging the next photograph.  It’s getting kind of crazy.  I explained it to Barry:

“It’s like my eye keeps scanning everywhere, looking for a good photograph.  Scan, scan, scan.  No, no, no, no, YES! ”  It never seems to stop. 

And then we have to undergo photographic discussions.  I can’t seem to shut up these days, talking about shots and angles and possibilities. It’s good to have a photographer-husband. 

Inside Joey's Seafood Restaurant in Houghton. B&W ambiance...


It’s also interesting how the review on the camera often turns out differently than the review on the computer screen.  You can think you have a wonderful photograph scrolling through the camera.  Then you upload it and sigh.  Not quite.  Almost, but not quite.  

Neon fish in the aquarium at Joey's

 My ice-fishing husband loves fish.  Eating fish, looking at fish. I decided to attempt to photograph the wiggly creatures.  Look at those green neon stripes!  Amazing…

Hope you all enjoy your week.  Just think!  Winter is half over!  The bear says so.  He just rolled over in his den.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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13 Responses to When the bear rolls over in his den…

  1. gigi says:

    Wow, both meals sound good. I haven’t had good fish & Chips in ages and I’m a sucker for Jambalaya.

    I’m getting the same way about picture taking.

    I posted my drawings today if you want to go look at them.


  2. Kathy says:

    Hi gigi! You might want to go out to a restaurant this week and enjoy one of these dishes! I’m glad to hear you are feeling the same way about picture taking. Enjoyed looking at the floor plans of your old house–and hearing the stories about growing up there.

  3. Cindy Lou says:

    Personally, I think you and Barry should enter the Wife-Carrying Contest next year. That way, you’ll get to see/experience the whole thing! You could carry your camera and get us some upside-down shots! 🙂

  4. Dawn says:

    I agree with Cindy Lou…what a photo opp that would be!

    Nice to see a tiny bit of the bank I used to work in…(behind the wife carrying sign).

  5. Kathy says:

    Cindy Lou and Dawn…you guys are funny! Can you imagine the pics you would get from that upside down position? What a hoot! Dawn, you worked in that bank, did you? It is such a small world. It really is.

  6. Quietpaths says:

    Another interesting post for me because we drove up to Hancock when we were out there visiting one summer… what a very different setting. It was neat to see it in winter. Gorgeous heavy horses.

    • Kathy says:

      I am glad that you’ve been to the Copper Country before…so you know the area! It is so very different in the summer. I loved the horses too.

  7. Svannah says:

    Ah, I love fish. A friend of mine had a fish just like that in our office…sadly I forgot the name of it. But those fish are awesome. They have such personalities if you take the time to watch them. Soo much fun.

    • Kathy says:

      You and my husband have the same fascination for fish, it sounds like. I have never taken the time to get to know them that well. Maybe you should get some for your house?? 🙂

  8. Pamela Hietanen says:

    You are a little bit confused. Heikinpaiva means Henrik’s Day. “Karhu kylkeänsä kääntää” means ‘The bear rolls onto his other side’

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks for the info, Pamela. This is the story that is published in “our neck of the woods”. I guess it can get confused as a new culture assimilates it.

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