Author Archives: Jim Burnham

Vol. XX – #113 On Comet!

(Report by Jim) How long has Comet Neowise been hovering in the late night sky? Has it been a few years? Only a year? For millennia, comets have been interpreted as bringing bad luck and doom. Their appearance was never welcomed and were considered the UFOs of early humanity. We know better now, but with everything going on, is it… Read more »

Vol. XX – #112 Leisurely Day

(Report by Jim) After yesterday’s drama, it was nice to have a quiet day on the lake with no paddling. We took a leisurely cruise down the river to the dam and back and then out around the lake.  I set up a canvas storage covering for my sailboat, ready to go out next month. I just have to remember… Read more »

Vol. XX – #111 Breakfast, Storms, Seiches and the Coast Guard

(Report by Jim) Full day today. Breakfast at 45th Parallel Cafe in Suttons Bay was interrupted by a storm cell that caused quite a bit of noise and a seiche in Fishtown. I was told is was not only red, it was redder than red (vermillion?) Anyway, I left the windows open in my car and got soaked getting them… Read more »

Vol. XX – #108 Stormy Day

(Report by Jim) Storms rolled through this afternoon before I had a chance to get out to take some photos. I went to Cemetery Point to get one in between storms. The middle one is from yesterday on the shore where I am camping this week. The photo below is of my pet snapping turtle Fred. Mark Smith says his… Read more »

Vol. XX – #107 Neowise Guy

(Report by Jim) I’m camping with friends this week and working from “home”. Yesterday I found that raccoons took their coronavirus angst out on the side of my tent, dragging my cooler through a large hole in what was a nice tent. Then they daintily unzipped the cooler and enptied it out. You would think if they could open the… Read more »

Vol XX – #082 Never Get Tired of Floating

(Report by Jim) As the weather was especially beautiful this week, we are continuing with the floating theme. Yesterday was a sunset float on a 70s Cape Dory sailboat in Suttons Bay. Most of today was installing a new radio in my boat. Fortunately, the weather was gray. What a great week of weather! We also found out that because… Read more »

Vol XX – #081 More Floating of a Different Kind

(Report by Jim) Dusted off the kayak and took an evening trip down the Lake Michigan shore behind Whaleback. The wind was calm and the water was almost glass. I’ve kayaked up the shore, but this is the first time down the shore. With the water so high, boat is the only way around, or you wade. While I was… Read more »

Vol XX – #080 A Floating Kind of Day

(Report by Jim) Took a long lunch with a lazy float down the river today with the kids to get some Harbor House Ice Cream. Leland is pretty crowded and most people seem to be wearing masks and adapting to the new procedures. Some things never change though, people walking through the road at the harbor still don’t seem to… Read more »