Autumn has its fair share of early morning joys as well: sunrise filtering through light fingers of fog at Chez Wabi Sabi.

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It was 80 degrees in Green Bay on Sunday.  Monday morning will find me heading for the far northern reaches of Wisconsin to spend a few days with my good friend, Karen. Forecast for Land ‘O Lakes and the environs? Monday’s high will be 49 degrees with a 70% chance of rain.

Not to worry. I have personally packed wine and cheese as well as a rain slicker.  Our stated mission?  To revisit (exorcise?) our growing-up years,  though I am not completely sure what this will involve: pentagrams in the parking lot of the Forest Service Welcome Center?

Oh, for heaven’s sake. Relax.  I am speaking metaphorically here.

The lodge we are staying at is one where we worked as waitresses long, long ago.

Wait a minute. Wasn’t this a Jack Nicholson movie?

Next stop: the Great Northwoods.

 

 Same shot, three different crops.

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It is officially Fall now and Mother Nature is working the changes in scenery at a fiendish pace. Trees that were bright green in the morning are blazing orange and red by late afternoon. Today was an apple-picking, back roads-wandering kind of day with a stop in Algoma to admire Lake Michigan and then score some smoked salmon at the local fish house.

Dinner on the deck: smoked salmon, fresh apples, some Wisconsin cheese and a nice dark Wisconsin beer.

This is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year.

Because for some, hockey is far more than a mere sport.

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Photo taken in Kittery, Maine, by your friend, Wabi Sabi, hanging out the window of a moving vehicle and using a point and shoot camera. A much better story if I’d been riding by on a Zamboni, but instead it was a Subaru with four adults, one infant in a car seat and a Bernese Mountain Dog.

And, yes…I was once a hockey mom.

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With a title like that, I was sooooo tempted to identify this vessel as the SS Edward Bulwer Lytton.

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Addendum: Initially, I didn’t realize that I had captured Roger Blough’s rudder from two different angles. (See yesterday’s post.) This second shot can give a better idea of size.

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Subtitled: “Sometimes I Feel Like a Rudderless Child.”

Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Beautiful or what?

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The Roger Blough is an 858 foot long traditional-styled Great Lakes self unloading bulk carrier.

 

 I’m a little tired of soft and pretty at the moment. How about grit and drama with barbed wire and chains?

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Outside of Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

I was prepping several more shots from the feed mill, but this one has to be a stand-alone.

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