Wednesday, March 22, 2023

The Beginning of History!


Welcome to Downs by the Bay!

Under this particular post, you will find all the posts in reverse chronological order since this blog started in 2017.

Now it's history, baby!

To view the new posts as they arrive each Wednesday, please click HERE to read them in their new location at the Copper Harbor Vitality website.

Thanks for being a part of the journey with us so far.

We've got more to come!

Chucking the big ones since 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

We're Moving!


Gosh, there's so much going on that something new happens right after I write to you!

This next move was not planned. It sprung up, but I think you will adjust and realize it's a great idea.

We're moving!

Okay...Downs By the Bay is moving. Ha!

Not far, just to the Copper Harbor Vitality site. 


I've been putting links to all my new ventures at the bottom of this blog each time, so why not just go there first? It turns out, there is a spot for it already.


The new view!

Here's where you'll land when you go to the CHV blog. See the part I circled? That's where you can access all the new Downs by the Bay posts. Right next to the adventure posts! 


Then, the rest of these posts will still be on this platform, but you'll see a link to the new spot. These posts will be an archive. 

Think of all the history you've been part of!

Besides getting everything streamlined, the pictures on the CHV site show up at a higher resolution. 

Starts next week, baby!

Other than that, it's a beautiful, calm sunny day. The last one for a while because it sounds like our St. Patty's Day storm is on its way. Right on time!

I think we'll make it through.

Her Majesty 3/14/23

This is what the harbor looked like just before the ice rolled in again. There's even a little splash for you! 

I sat there for quite a while and meditated on the splendor of being a part of this world.


And here is proof that a storm is coming. Today's sunrise.

Sailors take warning!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Sun Dogs

Happy Wednesday!

It's pretty glorious out there! Frosty and cold, but the sun sparkles on it all. And the lake is undulating all the pack ice that set in the bay. I'm not going out there today!

This past weekend was the Copper Dog 150. It spent Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning in Copper Harbor. Now, Brady loves animals, but he is afraid when dogs bark.

Can you imagine all the yipping we just had here?

I think he's desensitized for a bit.

We sat on a snow perch and watched some of the racers take off. It was pretty fun! He was into it, so it was fun. Ha!

On our perch - Photo by the legendary Steve Brimm

Boy, there were a lot of people in town. It was a little nuts with parking. I thought "How the heck does this town do it in summer time?" 

Then I remembered that most of the snowbanks turn into parking spots. Just like that!

We also went out for a little... adventure. I pulled him in his blue sled while wearing snowshoes (both per his request). It was the only way I could convince him. 

He is not a fan of winter, but when the sun is out, I try.

We went past the community garden.

He was outside, so I let him be lazy

Then we went down a path that must have been a snowmobile reroute. I couldn't tell, but it was heavily tracked. Then we swerved to where I thought the ski trail was. 

I love this view of the Nose of Brockway.

"Ski" path to the nose

But we did not make it too far down that path. I won't pretend that breaking trail on snowshoes while pulling an eight-year-old in a sled is a walk in the park. I sweated.

A lot.

But he didn't want to go too far, so we turned around and cruised through some more panked areas and went to see the horses. 

He loves the horses. It's his happy place. I have to drag him away from them each time. But I'm glad he enjoys it. They are peaceful to visit.

He is an animal man to the core.

So, I didn't think I'd have anything new and exciting to share this time, but I do. I just can't stop!

Link time!

I just uploaded a new video for Snack Break Sessions. I take you to "The Gap." But this time I also supplemented more content and photos on my adventure blog!


I got the CHV adventure blog going again! Check it out and make sure you are caught up.

And here is the link to the podcast. I added a new one to the feed yesterday. This one dispels the common myth that we are all stuck in the Harbor in the winter. It's titled "Gregg Patrick: A Plow Master!" A very knowledgable guest, by the way. I hope you like it.

I still have two more exciting things to tell you, but not all at once. Oh, man. This is just so great!

I hope you have a lovely day!

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

New Video Series!

Hey there!

Today I drove (almost) to Wisconsin and back today, so this will be short. Brady P got to spend a few days with the Rogers family, so that was good for everyone!

It sure is nice to see him again. He always has something new to share after we have a little time apart. And on our drive home, he lost his wiggle tooth! Ha!

But guess what.

I already told you two exciting things: the workings of my next book and the new podcast.

Well, I have two more Copper Harbor-related treasures to share!

You get one today...

Snack Break Sessions!

Guess where I am!

I started Snack Break Sessions as quick one-take videos for YouTube. During my snack break on an adventure, I tell you where I am, what method I'm venturing out on, what the weather is like, how the conditions are, what I ate, etc.

Click here to see the first episode. Spoiler Alert: It's at the top of Stairway to Heaven!

I like that spot.

That's all the excitement for now. Enjoy this little slice of da Harbor!