IMG_6155 A murky Friday morning Sept. 30 along US-2 in Mackinac County
IMG_6129 The Redstone substation in Midland County near the Gratiot and Isabella county lines
IMG_6131 GLITR's Matt Roush with ITC's Gary Singh (right) and Tom Vitez
IMG_6132 Wind turbines in the distance in Gratiot County from the Redstone substation
IMG_6133 Up close and personal with giant wind turbines
IMG_6138 A scenic overlook along I-75 just south of the Mackinac Bridge
IMG_6139 The highway north to the UP beckons!
IMG_6140 A little early fall color in the rain
IMG_6142 Crossing the Mighty Mackinac in the driving rain
IMG_6146 A look off to the east at Mackinac Island from the bridge
IMG_6158 Grand Island overloook along M-28 near Munising
IMG_6159 That white 'foam' out there are the huge breakers of Lake Superior tipping over once they reach the sheltered waters behind Grand Island in Munising.
IMG_6162 50 mph wind gusts out of the north make for some impressive waves along M-28 between Munising and Marquette
IMG_6167 Just east of Marquette the wind gusts proved too much for this pine tree.
IMG_6169 Fall colors south of L'Anse on US-41 are pretty much at their peak
IMG_6170 Michigan Tech research scientist Jeremy Worm with the MTU mobile vehicle lab
IMG_6171 Worm with a homemade Michigan Tech hybrid vehicle
IMG_6173 The cavernous interior of the new Advanced Power Systems Research Center, a 55,000-square-foot former factory
IMG_6174 Your humble narrator takes the Michigan Tech hybrid buggy for a spin
IMG_6178 Worm and grad student Chris Davis of Dayton, Ohio inside the mobile vehicle lab. In the background is a power train identical to the buggy's on a dynamometer.
IMG_6179 Michigan Tech professor Adrienne Minerick showing off the medical micro-devices she and her students build
IMG_6180 Russell Louks of Ford IT at Michigan Tech. Note the real shabby office view -- the Portage River and the famous Portage Lift Bridge linking Houghton and Hancock
IMG_6181 The real shabby view out of my room at the Franklin Square Inn in downtown Houghton.
IMG_6184 Dan Fuhrmann and Steve Carr at the new Center for Computing Systems Research at Michigan Tech
IMG_6185 The original? In Gay, Mich. along Keweenaw Bay.
IMG_6186 Michigan Tech alumnus Dennis Popko among with stamp sands wasteland
IMG_6190 The remant of the mining operation that ran from 1900 to 1932 and created the stamp sands.
IMG_6195 Professor Ezra Bar-Ziv and his biocoal (left) made from biomass (right)
IMG_6196 Mont Ripley, a small ski hill in Hancock, owned by Michigan Tech
IMG_6198 The Michigan Tech campus from the US-41 overlook in Hancock
IMG_6199 The famous Keweenaw snow gauge. Pretty light snowfall for this region last winter.
IMG_6201 The first of several shots taken while driving through the Tunnel of Trees on US-41 the last 15 miles into Copper Harbor. Probably shouldn't do this while driving...
IMG_6208 Fall color on Lake Medora, a very Canadian looking lake four miles south of Copper Harbor
IMG_6215 The main lodge at Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, a very old-school resort and golf course just south of Copper Harbor.
IMG_6216 Some of the cabins for rent at Keweenaw Mountain Lodge
IMG_6219 Lake Fanny Hooe from Brockway Mountain Drive west of Copper Harbor
IMG_6222 Fall color from atop Brockway Mountain Drive. Last year, on Oct. 8, I was a week too late for the peak color -- this year on Oct. 1 I'm a week too early!
IMG_6234 Morning and fall color at the whimsically named Lake Plumbago, at Alberta, one of Henry Ford's sawmill villages, south of Houghton along US-41
IMG_6239 Autumn gold lines the path to Canyon Falls along the Sturgeon River, along US-41 south of L'Anse
IMG_6241 A small creek that flows into the Sturgeon River just upriver of Canyon Falls
IMG_6242 The Sturgeon River, substantially more water in it than the last time I was Up North based on last week's rains
IMG_6253 Canyon Falls itself -- again, with a very impressive volume of water based on recent rains
IMG_6254 Never noticed this before, but these trees are growing directly on top of a huge flat round rock, with roots dangling off to the side to bring them nourisnment from the soil
IMG_6255 Lake Superior is MUCH calmer on M-28 between Marquette and Munising than it was on Friday!
IMG_6256 Munising Creek en route to Munising Falls
IMG_6257 Munising Falls, part of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
IMG_6260 Another view of Munising Creek
IMG_6262 Alger Falls, just east of Munising on M-28
IMG_6263 A small creek near Wagner Falls, just east of Munising along M-94
IMG_6269 The new Cut River Bridge on US-2 between Naubinway and Brevort. The old bridge was called "a million dollar bridge over a 10-cent river." Don't know what the new one cost.
IMG_6270 Lake Mchigan from the pedestrian walkway of the Cut River Bridge
IMG_6271 Far below, the Cut River.
IMG_6273 Thenorth coast of Lake Michigan
IMG_6277 Back from Yooperland. As usual, I wish I could have stayed longer, like maybe for good.
2011-10-04_10-01-21_54 Al Iaonnangelo of Chantilly, Va.-based Catch The Wind Inc. with the buoy being deployed in Lake Michigan by Grand Valley State University to study wind power potential offshore in Lake Michigan
2011-10-04_10-05-26_377 Arn Boezaart of Grand Valley State University's Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center atop the buoy.
Syzygy Biotech CEO Barry D. Nowak Syzygy Biotech CEO Barry D. Nowak in the lab where his DNA amplifier is made