Say it’s not so

View of the Houghton Canal, the Ranger and autumn colors

View of the Houghton Canal, the Ranger and autumn colors

Want to tag along on our trip to “The Copper Country” yesterday?

Barry had to cover an 8th grade junior high girl’s basketball tournament in Calumet for his job at our local newspaper, so off we drove through a beautiful autumn afternoon for our “date”.

Even though it *appears* to be a lovely afternoon, note the wind blowing sideways.

Even though it *appears* to be a lovely afternoon, note the wind blowing sideways.

We always eat out during our dates.

We often go grocery shopping in Houghton, or stop by the Keweenaw Co-op in Hancock.

Keweenaw National Historic Park buildings across the canal in Hancock

Keweenaw National Historic Park buildings across the canal in Hancock

Lovely afternoon, indeed.  Click here if you’re interested in reading about the Keweenaw National Historic Park.

Lifeboats on the Ranger, the ship that takes passengers to Isle Royale

Lifeboats on the Ranger, the ship that takes passengers to Isle Royale

I must tell you–the radio fella kept predicting a winter storm advisory.

Now, truly, does it LOOK like it’s going to snow?

Turkey gizzards, pickled polish eggs and bottled sausage

Turkey gizzards, pickled polish eggs and bottled sausage

I had a few wild & crazy moments in Econofoods, when the camera wouldn’t stop documenting items such as turkey gizzards and pickled Polish eggs and Finnish squeaky cheese.  You’ve all had this happen, right?

Isn't it fascinating to take pictures in a grocery store??

Isn’t it fascinating to take pictures in a grocery store??

Anyone heard of Finnish Squeaky cheese?  Don't ask me--I don't eat it.

Anyone heard of Finnish Squeaky cheese? Don’t ask me–I don’t eat it.

We attended the L’Anse and Baraga girls basketball games.  We drove south toward home when suddenly–NO, it couldn’t be!–cars appeared covered with snow.

Then the roadside appeared covered with snow.

An inch or two of snow had fallen whilst we attended the basketball game!'  It's snowing!!!

Say…it’s…not…so. It’s snowing!!!

Lest you be thinking that we’re covered in snow down here in Aura this morning, never fear.  Even though it rained and snowed all night, the snow has all melted.  It tentatively looks like autumn again outside our window.  But they’re predicting more snow this week…

Winter starts so darn early in these parts, doesn’t it?

Welcome to winter!  It is beautiful, isn't it?

Welcome to winter! It is beautiful, isn’t it?

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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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33 Responses to Say it’s not so

  1. sybil says:

    But that first snow on the remaining autumn leaves is sooooo beautiful. Just make sure you’ve got your snow tires on.

    Squeaky cheese … never heard of it, but I AM a Blue Cheese fan !

  2. Fountainpen says:

    So lovely. So EARLY !!!!!
    Do you think the cheese squeaks ???????

  3. Susan D says:

    That was a fun jaunt! Thanks for taking us with you. LOVE the photos! Happy Snow 🙂

  4. The early snow on the colored leaves is beautiful, but overall, I’m glad that I missed seeing that while I was up there.

  5. P.j. grath says:

    I have often thought that it would be exciting to live high on one of Houghton’s hills above that shipping channel (that makes the tip of your peninsula an island), watching the water traffic. Snow! (None here for us yet — just hail again this morning — but it’s on the way.) Love those old U.P. buildings! Thanks for the trip, Kathy.

  6. We have yet to have frost in NW CT but I sense frost and snow are coming soon. Picking the remainder of my tomatoes and bringing in houseplants today. Lovely photos!

  7. Beautiful pictures of that first snow! We got a bit of it here yesterday, too, but it’s gone this morning. I think squeaky cheese is similar to mozzarella in “mouth feel” and the way it sometimes does seem to squeak when you bite it. I haven’t eaten it either. Thanks, Kathy!

  8. Heather says:

    Ms. Kathy, we got snowed on, too. Awoke to a light dusting that has since melted. Lake effect rain and snow for much of the week down here as well. Just took more fall photos in a down coat…and then got rained on for my troubles.
    Squeaky cheese sounds like farmer’s cheese to me. We used to buy some from a local Cuban farmer when we lived in Miami. It’s a fresh cheese, and it kind of squeaks in your mouth when you chew it. Very yummy – you should try some!

  9. Well, you knew it had to happen sooner or later Kathy and at least it was a beautiful first dusting. Gorgeous sights you captured!

  10. Those early snowfalls are always the best. Snow has not yet worn out her welcome! I enjoyed tagging along, Kathy!

  11. Brrrrrrrr! When Len and I walked Lexi and Willa this morning I wore my mad-bomber hat because it was 28-degrees outside (before the windchill factor). We have a chance for snow this afternoon. I echo your sentiments of “say it’s not so” with “say it ain’t snow!”

  12. Reggie says:

    Nooo! It’s way too early for winter, Kathy! I hope you have a few more weeks of warm and pleasantly autumnal weather yet.

  13. Elisa says:

    ut oh! My heart normally goes PITTER PAT wahooooooooo, at the first snow cause it’s just maaaaaaagic….
    it jumped in fear and I said OHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
    what does this mean? (i do not really want to know, i want to get right back outside and wallow in what is green and warm and sunny and bright)
    and I was recalling the length of your white coated place, well sh*t
    I say a visit to denial is in order. lol better yet to call it being positive and appreciating the moment.

  14. Carol says:

    Lovely yes – but. I dunno about you Yuppers – pickled things and squeaky cheeses? Snow in October? Is there something in the air?


  15. lisaspiral says:

    Fresh cheese curds squeek. Maybe it’s something like that? It did have that grey cast over the water that sometimes looks like snow, didn’t you notice or have you just forgotten over the summer? It seems like every year people have to relearn (how to drive, how to anticipate the weather, how to dress for the cold.) Why do you suppose we can’t remember?

  16. john says:

    I am sssooooooooo glad for what I used to think were pesky rumble strips on the road last night on my drive back. (1:00 AM) I’m coming up 141 and there was a little snow on the road in Iron county, then came Baraga and there was a little more. Come up behind a plow and spreader going 36 mph and followed it for a while then flashed my brights to let him know I was going to pass and move on by him.

    Within one mile the road was completely covered with snow. So much snow you couldn’t tell where the road started and the grass stopped. It wasn’t the worst snow storm I’ve ever driven across this route, but I realized it was the first time crossing virgin snow. You usually slow a little and follow in the tracks that are already there … there were no tracks. As I came down the hill from 141 & 41 the snow eased up as the temperature rose to cruise into a rain soaked L’Anse. God love the person who decided to cut the rumble strips in a few years ago.

  17. Photos in a grocery store….hmmm…..wonder where one finds these artifacts?

    Loved the snow photos….what happened to fall?

  18. Robin says:

    Wow! Lovely snow. I suspect I’m going to have to get my snow fix by following your blog. I don’t think they get much of it here on the Eastern Shore.
    Squeaky cheese? I don’t know why, but that made me laugh. 😀

  19. Karma says:

    No, no, no! Not even up there in the UP it should not be snowing yet! I don’t think Mama Nature is too funny when she plays games like that. I think of 2 years ago when this area got burried in several feet of snow on Oct. 28th – that was freaky and wrong and quite disasterous.
    I wonder if the cheese squeaks on your teeth?

  20. karlapr says:

    We’re supposed to get some “novelty” snow here in the mountains of North Carolina this week, too. Brrrr…

  21. Barb says:

    That white with fall colors peeking through is lovely, Kathy. I sowed my wildflower and perennial seeds upon the snow this morning. I cast them out in sand so I can see where they go. I send them with hopes for spring blooming.

  22. Kathy, the pictures are so pretty. I enjoy seeing/ reading about your part of the world with its ups, downs, AND snow! I have no idea what it would be like this time of the year to be caught driving home in the snow.

    I still have tomatoes growing on the fence in part of my butterfly garden. There is one Monarch caterpillar that is about to form a chrysalis on the Copper Canyon daisy- the cats leave the host plant and morph on a different plant. I sure hope this one makes it. It was about 47 degrees or a bit less last might. The other cat is a Gulf fritillary on a passionvine.

    The last pic of your post is a winner. Just beautiful.

  23. Joanne says:

    There’s always an adventure to be had when I tag along on your trips Kathy, you and Barry are anything but boring! Did you buy just a teensy-weensy piece of Finnish Squeaky cheese, just to try it? I would have, my curiosity would have got the better of me. And I agree, the snow on the autumn leaves is beautiful. Is your Little House in the Big Woods really in a place called Aura?

  24. Lori D says:

    Wow, I don’t remember snow this early even where I grew up, but you are in the far northern tundra. I just wrote a blog about the polar opposite where I live, and those silly weathermen who call our weather-fronts, “cold fronts.”

  25. Wow, you got snow, too. Just read that Cindy did, as well. Must admit, I’m going to miss it here. Hope you enjoy a white Christmas. Otherwise, may your winter be mild.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  26. sonali says:

    Oh, snow snow snow!! wooooaaaaaa…chillaxed!

  27. October snows can be so pretty, all that white stuff on bright orange and yellow leaves… The last time Tim tried to take pictures in an attractive grocery store in Virginia, security came over and told him in no uncertain terms that taking pictures was NOT permitted. Oh well. Wondering how that smoked turkey drumstick tastes…

  28. me2013 says:

    SNOW! fantastic, yes I know not for you. But you know how I love the stuff.

  29. You gotta love your husband’s job when you have to do “work” like this! I thought of you when I heard reports of snow in northern WI and the U.P. If we can get past Halloween, I am good.

  30. Stacy says:

    I must admit, I wish they would warn us with such an advisory, Kathy. I love winter, which graces us so seldom here. ❤

  31. Hm…that place looks familiar….I think I may have been there before? 😉
    And…. SNOW!!! 🙂

  32. We had our first snowfall a couple of weeks ago, but it has all melted. Glad you made it home safely. That first snow on the roads can make driving a bit skittery. 🙂

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