I HOPE ..

MAKE NO MISTAKE .. I FULLY REALIZE HOW BLESSED AND HOW LUCKY AND HOW FORTUNATE I AM TO BE ABLE TO TRAVEL AS I DO. THE ENTIRE POINT OF MY WEBSITE HERE IS TO REALIZE MY DESIRE THAT .. IN SOME SMALL WAY .. ONE OF MY POSTS OR ONE OF MY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL MAKE ONE PERSON'S DAY JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

TO FEEL GOOD .. DO GOOD !

I HOPE THAT SOMEONE VISITING MY WEBSITE WILL SEE SOMETHING ON IT THAT THEY WILL NOT EVER BE ABLE TO SEE OR TO DO OTHERWISE .. AND THAT THIS EXPERIENCE WILL MAKE THEIR DAY OR THEIR LIFE JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER !


IF YOU HAVE YOUR HEALTH AND ADEQUATE MONEY TO FOLLOW-YOUR-DREAM .. WITH DISCERNMENT .. FIND THE COURAGE AND HAVE THE GUTS TO DO WHAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO!


TRULY THIS IS MY DOXOLOGY .. MY PRAISE TO GOD!

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

NOV 22, 17 .. IRON MOUNTAIN, MICHIGAN.. BATS IN THE BELFRY??

After completing my medical appointments at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, on our drive East to Royal Oak, Michigan, Patti and I spent a fair amount of time in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Iron Mountain, Michigan, was one city we stayed in for a few days.


Tom Izzo (basketball) and Steve Mariucci (football) are two sports coaches of significant stature. Iron Mountain is proud to call them 'native sons'.



"About the above title Captain? Bats? What on this good earth do you mean?" / sign me 'Zilla /

Gee I thought you'd never ask 'Zilla.

What is a Bat? Bats are mammals.


Below is a closer look at the upper left side of the above information plaque.



Why Do Bats Hibernate?




Below are closeup photos of the above information plaque.

Let's begin with the below extremely interesting Bat Fact.


A close up of the Cool Bat Facts.


The various species of the Millie Mine Bats.



Below is a close up of the above photo.



Below is a close up of the above photo.


Below are photos from a distance of the informational plaques that I showed in the above close ups.




"The time has come" your Captain says "to begin at the beginning."

We owe all of this to Trip Advisor. Patti and I looked for 'Things To Do In Iron Mountain, Michigan'.

And up popped, can you imagine this, visiting the Millie Mine Bat Viewing Site.

The Millie Mine is a now abandoned iron ore mine.



A spelunker, such as Steve Smith, is a person who explores caves, especially as a hobby. As you can read below, Steve Smith discovered the Millie Mine colony.
  

The Millie Mine site also has a very pleasant hiking trail known at the Millie Hill Trail.




Below you see the informational plaque above in the distance.


Your reward for hiking out to the end of the Millie Hill Trail are overviews looking out at, and down upon, Iron Mountain.






The walk back to the Millie Mine site.







And we are back to the parking lot and the Millie Mine site.


It is difficult (almost impossible) to see clearly, but on the upper extreme right edge of the above photo is the actual Millie Mine site. You can see the fence that surrounds the entrance to the mine.

The below photos show the barricaded entrance to the mine shaft.





At last we have arrived at the purpose of visiting the Millie Mine Bat Viewing site.


Where exactly do you see the Bats? 

If you are extremely lucky to see them at all, you will see them at dusk as they are coming up from and returning back down into the Millie Mine site at the security barricade.


I did not even catch so much as one instantaneous glimpse of a Bat and I was out there at both dawn and at dusk. Your very own Captain may have a case of Bats in his belfry.

Smiling, 

Patti and Cap.

Monday, 13 November 2017

NOV 13, 17 .. HOUGHTON, MICHIGAN .. THE A. E. SEAMAN MINERAL MUSEUM

The A. E. SEAMAN MINERAL MUSEUM is located in the city of Houghton, located on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

It is on the campus of Michigan Technological University and it is, in a word, phenomenal.

Patti and I found the museum on Trip Advisor and what an attraction it is.

If you want to read a bit more about the museum, please click onto the two below links. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._E._Seaman_Mineral_Museum

http://www.keweenawheritagesites.org/site-ae_seaman.php

On a beautiful September afternoon, we spent several hours in the museum.

 

Below is a view of the side of the museum and the beautiful grounds that surround it.



When you step into the arctic entryway of the museum (see the first two photos above), you are greeted with an amazing and beautiful single piece of copper.



We are now inside of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum. 

Below is a map of the museum.


In the next photo below, you see the very nice, high quality, gift shop.

 
Walking past the gift shop we are now in the main part of the museum.







Below is an absolutely magnificent quartz geode.





In the above photo, you don't get an accurate idea of the size of the quartz geode.

To give you an idea of how large the geode is, I put my hand on it.



In the above photo, the rock specimens look quite normal when they are viewed under normal light.

However, they contain phosphorescent minerals that brightly appear when these rock specimens are viewed under a black-light.








In the below photo, on the extreme right edge, in the distance, you will notice a small building with a bluish colored roof.


This small building is called The Copper Pavilion and it houses an enormous piece of copper. 

Below are a few close up photos of the Copper Pavilion.




Just look at the below single piece or boulder of copper.



We hope you all enjoyed a short visit to the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum on the campus of Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan.

Smiles..

Patti and Cap