Western Yoop Wanderings

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Ever Onward, May 13, 2021.

  1. JRowland

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    I was thinking good Cabernet :-)
  2. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    Uhhhhh .......................

    Now you are thinking Minocqua Wisconsin . ( look it up and get ready to gag ! :photog )
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    It's 111 here today.
    Really enjoying the pictures of cool waters, the verdant woods and flowers!
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    Quite hot today, right about 80.

    Tons of great pics though. Gonna take a few days to weed through them..........



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    Thw blue creeping bellflower is at its peak


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    The common orange day lily's are everywhere and at their peak.

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    The lily pads are growing so fast, sometimes the pads lift off above the water surface.

    I also see the first signs of autumn. Note how the leaves on the tree's in the background are takin on a fall color tint allready.


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    It was silent out at Lake of the Falls.

    Just the sound of a few frogs, and mirror perfect reflections.


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    The spillway had low flow due to lack of water upstream. The secondary wash is all dry and the cat tails are high and dry now. All a sign that the area is behind on rain right now.


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    Some of the Common Mullien are now about 5 feet high and going into bloom.


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    Certain times of the day, lotsa frog's croakin out a tune at all these small ponds.


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    The Turtle Flowage was mellow like always .







    I played hide and seek with a diving Loon. Its amazing how long they can hold their breath. They can swim underwater a easy 100 yards at a time before they come up for the next breath.


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    Some lucky owner has a big cottage, complete with a nice boat house on their own private island ! Obviously old school from back in a bygone era of wooden boats.


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    No man was seen at One Man Lake.

    Quiet, glassy, and no fish jumping. Just dreamy views.



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    Stopped out at the Little Turtle marsh. Its a big expanse of wetland, full of all sorts of flora and wildlife.


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    Joe Pye Weed is coming into bloom at the shore.


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    Big mixture of water plants, including some sort of blue variant of the Water Smartweed maybe ?


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    Lots of the middle is all Wild Rice. Its really cool to watch the Indians harvest this later in the year.

    Its far more than just harvesting rice, its a entire spiritual journey for the Annishinaabe people.






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    The white bell shaped flowers are blueberry plants along the shore. A favorite of black bears when in season.


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    In the water are both the big Fragrant White Water Lily's and the smaller rounded Yellow Water Lily's.


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    Never saw another person the whole time I was there.

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    The Joe Pye Weed that is just starting to flower out signals the beginning of the end of summer. It allways gives me hope for cooler days, fewer and fewer people and the onset of fall color season.




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    There also is a great cross country ski area all around here. Groomed to perfection and lots of variety.



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    A few miles down a small side road is a great sand bottom canoe landing.


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    It has the full assortment of water plants along with great Pink Wild Rose bushes all along the launch area.


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    Back east to Wakefield, Zumbro Falls never fails to disappoint. I hid under the old cedars in the ravines for shade from the heat and just listened to the cool water tumble.



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    Over at Blackjack Ski Area north of Weed Town, not a thing around. Just hot sun and birds chirping.



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    Excellent spot for a cold one, but just too hot for now. Will be a great spot during cool weather and fall colors.


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    Interesting video. I'd picked up some wild rice at a shop once, while riding in Minnesota, and always wondered how it was harvested.

    I'll be tent camping at Twin Lakes state park in two weeks. Really wanted Porcupine Mtn SP but it was all booked up. Looking forward to exploring the area. I see Two Fat Guys has a restaurant, too, maybe a good place to feed the troll. ;)
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    Yeah, the Porkies will be pretty busy through Labor day, then there typically is a lull for a few weeks till the fall color season hits good. You will however be in early fall color season in 2 weeks, and also still alot of later season wildflowers.

    Thats actually a super good time of year where the overlap occurs.



    Ya, the wild rice is pretty labor intensive to do. It gets processed in ancient methods for the most part. When you buy it on a rez, its usually done with the old traditional methods and very little if any modern equipment. You also support the tribe directly that way, with no middle man like would be if bought elsewhere in a white mans gift store.


    Its a very different and unique rice, unlike other domesticated rice that is grown in paddy's. Its a surreal feeling to work your way through big stretches with just a push pole and a canoe on a foggy morning. Its all a part of the Northland hunter / gatherer heritage of the Ojibwa people.
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    My local source will vouch for that Two Fat Guys has good food.
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    So much is coming into bloom right now, I just cant keep up !

    Every day another thing starts to flower and mature. It's now going into late summer blooms and even a bit of early autumn. Im a week behind in keeping up with all of it.



    The Milkweed is in full bloom now. If you stand in a big patch, the musky sweet smell is intoxicating. It draws Monarch butterfly's galore. Its their prefered choice.

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    The roadsides are filled with lots of blue Chicory now.


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