Pictures of Marquette, Michigan



Waves rolling into Marquette Bay on Friday


The lights of Marquette, MI, with Saturday’s sunset in the background and shove ice on the shore.

The past week the temperatures have been in the 70’s and 80’s, which for Elisabeth and I, is much too warm! We prefer cold temperatures ūüôā I was looking through our blog post drafts, and I was rather shocked to find this post from our vacation in Marquette in February! But I am glad we didn’t post it then, because it seems fitting to post it now, when the temperatures are so horrid and all I want is cold and snow.

These photos are from our weekend in Marquette, MI. It was windy all the way up to Marquette with whiteouts in some areas.  The waves in Marquette Bay were rolling in and crashing against the icy shore. On Saturday, when the wind had calmed down, there were huge icicles hanging from the branches of trees and bushes that grew near the shore. Saturday evening we drove south out of town and around the lake and saw some shove ice. It was a beautiful evening, as you can see.


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March Snowstorm




“No, thank you, I prefer to have my breakfast as usual- in my house.” Moses meowed.


The snowstorm that hit the midwest moved in over our farm¬†last night. ¬†The snow is still coming down, and blowing too, so it is hard to tell how much snow we have actually gotten. Maybe 6-8 inches though. As usual, we have a very tall drift¬†in front of the garage; I think we’ll wait to shovel it out until Dad gets home from work¬†ūüôā

We had plans today for getting together with a friend this afternoon to plant vegetable seeds and re-watch Iditarod videos, but because of the snow,¬†that has¬†been¬†canceled ūüė• ¬† Instead, we will work on schoolwork, and maybe I’ll finally get a chance to make a rhubarb pie!


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UP200 Finish


Denis Tremblay, Bib 7, heading down for a 3rd place finish


Ed Stielstra, Bib #3, placing 4th!



Ed’s dogs


Ward Wallin, Bib #8, placing 5th.



One dog was in the bag when the team came in


Bruce Langmaid and his team (bib 2) crossing the finish line in 6th place


(Bib 12) Shawn McCarty’s dogs heading down to the truck with a¬†7th place finish

On Sunday the dog teams returned to Marquette’s Lower Harbor and the finish line. We got down there in time to see Denis Tremblay, Ed Stielstra,Ward Wallin, and Bruce Langmaid finish. We also walked around the parking lot where the mushers were taking care of their dogs and we talked a bit to Ed Stielstra. He introduced us to his dogs and told us a little about each one. Elisabeth and I both think it would be so fun to work for Ed and Jen’s kennel (Nature’s Kennel) when we are older ūüôā

Because we had to head home, we missed seeing Sally Manikian finish. She came in about an hour and a half after we left.


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UP200 Start



At the start of the UP200


Gabrielle and Sally Manikian 



Friday evening (February 12th) was the start of the Up200; it was bitterly cold and windy and we all froze, but it was a lot of fun! We got down to the race early and got to watch the mushers get their gear out and start to pack their sleds. Gabrielle and I talked a little bit to Sally Manikian who is from New Hampshire. Definitely a highlight of the evening!

For most of the start we were down at the bend in the road where the teams head south out of town. (It was so hard to get pictures of the teams because of how fast they went by and the darkness made many of the pictures blurry. But we picked our best to share with you )  Towards the end of the UP200 start we walked up the hill and got to see the teams go by from different points.

Gabrielle and I wanted to stay and see the Midnight Run teams start, but everyone else was frozen so we had to head back to our hotel : (

Later we will share some pictures from the finish line!



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~ Elisabeth




Favorite Books


There is so much relaxation in curling up with a good book. Most times I prefer plunging into a fictional book world than doing anything else.

Here are four books that have nestled their way into my favorites.

Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amourthis is most likely my very favorite. This book takes place during the Cold War.

While flying experimental aircraft in around Alaska, Major Joseph Mackatozi’s plane is forced down in Russia and he is taken to a Soviet prison camp. With the aid of another prisoner, he manages to escape from the camp and vanishes into the Siberian wilderness. Pursued by the Soviet army and skilled Yakut tracker Alekhin, Joe Mack zig-zags across Siberia with one desperate hope in mind: to reach and cross the Bering Strait to home.

White Fang by Jack London- a touching story about what the healing powers love and affection can do to a dog turned ferocious by a man’s cruelty.

Half-wolf, half-dog, White Fang grows up in an Alaskan Indian village. Through the course of time, White Fang is unknowingly traded to Beauty Smith, a dog fighter. As White Fang fights to live in the dog fighting world, and he develops deep hate towards all men. When White Fang fights a bulldog and is nearly killed, he is rescued by¬†Weedon Scott who works to gently restore White Fang’s trust in people.

Matagorda by Louis L’Amour- another Louis L’Amour favorite.

Tap Duvarney heads to Texas to join his friend in a cattle drive north. When he gets there, he finds his friend in an raging feud in which everyone must pick a side. Tap persists in getting a drive together, meanwhile fighting against the feud, struggling to round up the cattle, and racing against the hurricane gathering to strike southern Texas.

Smoky the Cow Horse¬†by Will James- this one competes¬†with Last of the Breed for 1# favorite place! ūüôā

Smoky is a mouse colored horse born in the wild. As a colt he was captured and broken for riding. Clint, the cowboy who broke Smoky, develops special feelings for him¬†and keeps Smoky¬†as his own horse. One winter, Smoky, along with other horses, is stolen by a horse thief.¬†Because Smoky won’t let the horse thief ride him, he gets several beatings and soon becomes a man-hater. After escaping back into the wild, he gets pick up by authorities and becomes a rodeo buckin’ bronco. His spirit and strength are broken, but when he is on his last legs, the one human who ever treated him decently finds and reclaims him.


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~ Gabrielle