We were fortunate to be able to come back to Curtis on Thursday, January 8, 2015, to enjoy the white powder that fell after we left. We headed out Thursday morning toward Grand Marais on trail 431 from Seney and then 443 in single digits and a 30 mph sustained winds taking trail 8 into Grand Marais. We saw maybe 5 sleds on the trail but found many when we arrived in Grand Marais. The bitter cold kept us from getting our camera out but we managed to snap a few enroute.
We stopped at Lake Superior Brewing Company, one of our favorites. After a delicious Cuban sandwich we headed toward our old stomping grounds Pine Stump. It was hopping as usual. My excellent navigator managed to cut off 45 minutes from our ride with his Rand McNally skills!!!.
We headed out toward the cabin in the frigid weather, thankful for our warm gear and reliable machines. It really is hard to describe the blowing snow and cold. I can officially say we are hard core sledders! 117 miles in the bitter cold. A good day for sure.
We spent our last day on the trails taking it easy. We rode into Curtis in the morning to have an update flashed to Scott’s snowmobile and then rode over and had a great breakfast at a local greasy spoon. We couldn’t decide where to exactly go and the amount of sleds in Curtis were a good sign that wherever we picked it was going to be crowded. We headed back to the cabin and let Madison out for a run and then took off across the lake for the 6 mile ride in the open. I don’t like riding on the lake for lots of reasons, one being that it’s a rough ride. However, it’s much better than the shoulder of the road which needs snow in these parts! I would really like to see the road commission NOT plow the shoulder, at least not to the pavement. After getting off the lake we took the short shoulder ride to Trail 43. It was pretty good but had seen a lot of use. We didn’t stop at Andy’s but headed on to Trail 431 and 9 to Redz. 431 was still pretty good but not like the dream it was yesterday. 9 still needs snow and a good grooming! Given the traffic we saw we knew Redz was going to be crowded and boy were we right!! Scott counted 77 sleds in the parking lot. We luckily got a table – one of the few available.
We were trying to get back before dark – for once – so we headed back taking our time and stopping several times. It was a bit colder today, back in the teens, so I had to add another layer. I’m really happy with all my gear and layers. I was a bit concerned given that I’ve lost a big chunk of my natural insulation over the past year but everything worked out great.
We drove over to the Moose for gas and ended up taking the lake back. Much better for the machines than the shoulder. The sun was just beginning to set so we went to get Madison to let her play on the lake and snapped a few pictures. Another 90 miles on the sleds.
This spur of the moment New Year’s trip was fantastic. It was one of those things that everything worked out and felt right the whole time – like you know you are supposed to be there. 2015 has started out great. I pray it continues the same. I love our life.
We had another AWESOME day on the snowmobiles. We took off across the lake which isn’t my favorite way to travel but it enabled us to get on great trails much quicker. It was 6 miles across Big Manistique Lake. Thankfully there were no ice heaves so it was rather smooth. We took a short side road ride and we were on Trail 43 to Seney rather quickly. That trail was BEAUTIFUL with lots of fresh snow and gorgeous blue sky.
It was a short trip to Seney and we stopped at Andy’s for a bite to eat. It was packed with snowmobilers and we were lucky to get a table. It started snowing very hard while we were in Andy’s and we left there toward Pine Stump in a whiteout. It was dumping snow and as a result our trek down Trail 431 was a dream. Honestly, I can say that was some of the most perfect conditions we have ever ridden in. Ever.
There were no bumps and very little traffic. It was a pure float down the trail. We turned off 431 to Trail 9 while very pretty but not quite as smooth. Still plenty to see and enjoy.
We made our way to Pine Stump for a little food. It had to be a little because they were out of most everything. The crowds the past few days had wiped them out. It’s still a great place – food or not.
We then headed back to the cabin with 100 miles on our sleds. Pure Michigan!
Its hard to believe but another year has come and gone. 2014 wasn’t so bad but I always look forward to a reset. It feels good to start fresh. I’m laying here in a small bed WAY too early in the morning with a black lab that has gas cutting off circulation in one leg and listening to my husband gently breathing next to me and realize I wouldn’t want it any other way.
We spent the last day of 2014 having a blast. We finally got to pack up our gear and machines and head out to snowmobile. The trip was unplanned and totally spur of the moment. Unfortunately, Michigan isn’t blessed with gobs of the white powder this year but one place that does have decent rideable snow right now happens to be our favorite spot in the UP. Thankfully, my brilliant husband quickly saw that we had a short window to leave home on December 30 because impending weather looked as though it may close the bridge throughout the day on the 31st – which it did. We made a few phone calls and surprisingly found one of our favorite places to stay had an opening and then quickly packed up (forgetting a few things of course) and headed north on Tuesday. We were out of the house by 3:30 – a miracle.
The weather on New Years Eve was brutal. We knew what we were facing but we were prepared. The temps were in the single digits and winds up to 50mph make for some chilly riding and not stopping to take many pictures but still lots of fun. We got a later start than we wanted and had an unforeseen delay but the later start enabled the temp to creep up a few more in those single digits. We are still in break-in mode for our sleds so we can’t really pack on the miles and ride long sustained speeds. We did about 80 miles total and got to stop at a couple of our favorite spots which was good for this ole gal’s first day riding in a year. We came back to the cabin, changed into warm comfy clothes, made a few drinks and didn’t make it to midnight! Here are a few pictures of our awesome day.