Monday, March 26, 2007

Spring Comes to Hasty Brook

I had such a wonderful weekend- starting with a day at Hasty Brook on Saturday. Except for a quick drive-by in January on our way to Duluth, we haven't been up to Hasty since October. The weather forecast for Saturday in the Twin Cities was for heavy fog, drizzle and rain. This is the view out the window about an hour north of home.

Within an hour we drove out of the fog into dazzling blue skies and sunshine! We were a little surprised at the amount of snow still on the ground but the temps were in the 60's. Just lovely. This is view from the road, down our driveway toward the campsite. In the distance John is standing on the culvert. Art was pleased to see water running through it as it slopes quite sharply toward the creek on the left of the culvert and we'd been concerned about it washing out.

Here is a view of the creek that I particularly love. In the distance you can just see the bridge spanning the creek. There is a good drop between where I'm standing and the creek level.

The elevation drop is visible from this point of view. Here I am standing on the bridge looking back toward our campsite. With all the run-off the creek is running high. It's hard to tell in this picture but water is running both over and under the ice.
I have lots more to show but am having a hard time loading pictures onto blogger. I'm behind in posting because the power cord for my laptop shorted out (in my lap!) complete with smoke and sparks. Best Buy wanted $120 for a new one. Art tried Radio Shack to replace just the shorted section and that was still going to cost $80 so he spent Sunday evening splicing and soldering and voila! I have a repaired cord! I'll need to buy a new one eventually but at least I'm fixed for a bit. My good Art also went with me back to the Mississippi River Regional Park on Sunday afternoon so I could scout out the heron rookery. Details coming soon!
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13 comments:

Deb said...

We may have seen each other on the freeway; I was driving to and from Cloquet Saturday morning. Did you see many hawks? I saw a lot of them perched in trees along the freeway.

Your creek looks a bit more scenic than mine!

mon@rch said...

Fog is a great sign that spring is on its way! Great seeing the snow melting and shouldn't be too long!

Lynne said...

Deb- We might have passed each other! Were your ears burning because I was talking about you too! I saw loads of hawks- all red-tails I think, and 4 eagles. One eagle was sitting very near the heron rookery on the Snake River. I wonder, will an eagle take a heron?

Mon@rch- I never thought of fog being a warm weather indicator but it makes sense!

Larry said...

Looks like my kind of place.-I take a trip every year up in to The Great north Woods area of New England.-Some day I'd like to live in area like that.-Glad you had a good time.

Lynne said...

Larry- Thanks, to say I love that place is an understatement. I hope you find your place in New England's north woods.

Liza Lee Miller said...

So beautiful, Lynne. I can see why you love it so much. Glad Art was able to repair your shorted out cable. Yikes!

Lynne said...

Liza- Thanks, it's hard to believe sometimes, we're so lucky to have that place.

Susan Gets Native said...

Go to flickr, girl. It has never failed me. (Knock on wood)

I can see why you love Hasty Brook. If I ever get up to Minn., can we go camping???!!!

Lynne said...

Susan- Camping? Heck yeah!!

MojoMan said...

I'm glad to read you got back to your place in the wild North. I can't wait to read about your new adventures there.

Lynne said...

Mojoman- thanks, I'm anxious to learn more about my place too.

Mary said...

Well I must say "it's about time" Spring peeks through up there. Hasty Brook looks so beautiful, even with snow patches and very little green. You are lucky, Lynne!

Sorry about the computer woes. I've had some, too. Try Flickr. You'll love it.

Lynne said...

Mary- the pressure's on to try flickr. Hmmm...