River exploring with the little guy.

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  1. Primordial

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    I took my oldest boy back out for another "adventure" by Lake Superior. He really enjoyed the last trip and asked to go again so I cleared a Saturday for some exploration and nature immersion time.

    We walked down to the beach but had to stop to draw lines and make battle plans in the sand packed trail.

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    With the plan all written out in swahili, we made our way to the beach. Being a nice day the beach had a number of folks walking around and sitting around to soak up the sun. I walked over to where my son went to investigate another little boy who was playing in the water and I noticed this gem.

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    It was a pretty nice agate and there were people all around but no one else noticed it. Their loss, my gain!

    My boy poked around in the sand for a little while and then said he was hungry and wanted to walk back to the river for a picnic. We didn't spend much time on the beach, but I was glad to have found the magic stone in the short time we were there.

    As we walked along the docks I noticed hat I thought was a kayaker trying to climb up onto the dock, because I could see a flailing arm and paddle. It turned out to be some guy using not one, but two paddle boards to haul his camping gear and traverse the river! He had come to the dock to re-tie the second "cargo" board on to his so it would stop ramming him as he made his way down the river. I asked he was camping and he said yes, but I almost wonder if he gave up and was coming back down river because he lost trust in his system, not to mention there was a huge waterfall not far upstream and most of the shore is steep sandstone cliff making it difficult to land such a watercraft. It was an interesting set up to say the least.

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    Lunch was had!

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    After we ate he said he wanted to go to another waterfall. I had different in mind than the last one visited while here, so we packed up and headed off to get to the set of falls.

    He made the hike down to the falls with no problem.

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    Made it to our destination!

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    Time to explore!

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    Climbing rocks.

    Continued...
     
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    Looking for gnomes in caves.

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    Checking out weird holes in the rocks.

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    The USAF SKRAM bag was the gear hauler for the day toting drinks food and a change of clothes in case of an accident.

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    In the spring, all this bare rock you see is under water for a couple of months.

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    Snack break in the shade.

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    Continued...
     
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    Primordial MOA #40 Supporter

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    The less cute member of this expedition.
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    The expedition leader with crumbs on his face...
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    Time for more exploring!

    We walked to a safe spot up stream and started to poke around.
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    Caught some tiny crawfish.

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    Opps! Fell in! But that's okay.

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    Continued...
     
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    Serene.

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    Some rock here is sandstone, which the falls are named after, and other rock is a conglomerate. It's like a natural concrete made up of rocks stuck in a matrix.

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    Looking for stuff...

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    Pondering the mysteries of a caddis larvae house..

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    Found a micro toad...

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    Good times.

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    Finding more caddis larvae...

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    I was glad he had fun and he didn't want to go home, so we stayed for an extra hour. I finally had to pull the plug because we ran out of liquids but I told him we could come back again another day and explore some more. He was keen on that idea.

    When we went to leave he asked if we were lost on the river because he couldn't see where we entered form the woods. I told him we weren't lost and showed him the way back.

    Back safe on the trail!

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    Thanks for looking!
     
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    I think we all need a hat as neat as your kiddos! What a cool colorful hat! :dblthumb:
     
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    Primordial MOA #40 Supporter

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    Helps me spot him in the bush.
     
  7. riverjoe

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    What a cool river that is . Love the rock formations . We have to go down to central or southern Indiana for that kind of river but ours are almost exclusively limestone .

    What’s the closest town ,anybody’s heard of ,to that area ?

    I love the rock hounding along the beach and rivers . Ours is mostly Geodes . I’d like to find an agate like that .

    This is what boys and dads were meant to do .
     
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    You certainly have all the raw materials for a great time! Great terrain, great weather, great kiddo! Lots of pics!! Good dadding!:dblthumb:
     
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    The nearest towns would be Bessemer, MI and Ironwood, MI (home town)

    It's part of the Black River: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/ottawa/recarea/?recid=12343

    Lots of waterfalls along it near the big lake. I occasionally travel to a few small ones off trail that aren't even on the map. I've never seen sign of a human at those ones.

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    Very nice Brad. Fine looking son you have there. Keep on letting him get you out. :)
     
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    I actually may have been through Ironwood one time . We had traversed the UP and headed up toward Duluth .
    Ask your Grandpa if he remembers a 69 Mustang fastback pulling a home made camper back about 1973 or so .
     
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    I think I remember that...was the car blue or green? I used to have a 69 'Stang too. Metallic green it was, painted by none other than Earl Sheib. For, you guessed it, $99.95. :)
     
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    Mine was mint green from the factory . It was one of the few six banger Mustangs around . It was cherry though
    , wish I still had it . Traded it in on a brand new Fort Wayne built Scout .


    I still think that was the most beautiful
    Mustang ever built . ( not the mint green though )
     
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    What a great day! Cute little guy... must get his looks from his Momma;)

    I thought I was the only one that uses a bubble compass on the pack strap :D
     
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    Great trip out. Love the bonding and the scenery
     
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    When I was his age that was the kind of day dreamed of and waited for!
    Now at my age........nothing has changed.
    Perfect day out!
     
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    Nothing in the world better than this. The Wikipedia write up for “Dad” should include a link to this thread. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    What a great time with your son and a great place to play in. That’s real nice.
     
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    Ya done well dad, a lifetime memory. joe
     
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    Nice time out with your son and some great pics, too!
    One of the pictures, the undercut rock tunnel really spooked me. That sieve could really suck at high water.
    I’ve never paddled the Black so I was surprised to see the conglomerate as I assumed it would be solid granite. It’s always cool to see a stream bed at low water and what forms whitewater features.
    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    What a great day for both of you. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed following along.
     
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    I like your sons shirt too, and that is a nice agate.
     
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    Nice trip report! Looks like you both had a great time!
     
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    SO much AWESOME packed into one day!! WOW!! Will you adopt me, please???
     
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    Simply outstanding!
     
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    Looks like a bread day! Congrats.
     
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    What a great and inspiring trip with your son. Guess its time for me to get my act together and take the young feller out myself. Thanks for sharing such a special day with us.
     
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    Mine's 3 and half and it's a good age to take him to places like this now. He has good enough agility to traverse harder terrain and his long term memory is probably kicking in so it sticks, plus he has a good mental grasp of what's going on and has lots of questions, which is quite entertaining.
     
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    That agate, if you ever lost an eye, you could use that agate as a fake eye and it'd look pretty cool. Just need to round it out a little bit more and you'd be good to go.
     
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    Awesome Brad! You both will remember these trips for a lifetime!
     
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    Great outing! I'm glad to see you taking your little guy on your adventure.
     
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    Well done, sir! Looking at your pics made my heart smile! Precious time together and precious memories made! He will always remember these times with you.
    Again, well done!

    Regards,
    Ron
     
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