First Winter Precipitation

The winter precipitation held off until October 31st this year. It wasn’t much, but it added to the brisk conditions on a Sunday afternoon hike at the Keweenaw Land Trust’s Paavola Wetlands. Twenty of us showed up for this hike which is located largely on flat terrain.

The wetland area is dominated by a large beaver pond with a substantial lodge in its midst.

A loop trail takes you through what remains of a Finnish farmstead. There are some impressive rock walls, farm building ruins, and other remnants of an agricultural past.

After hiking through the farmstead we hiked all the way around the north side of the wetland to where it drains toward Boston Pond where a few beaver dams are located. We hiked pretty close to four miles and were pelted by sleet on this portion of the hike.

We picked up briefly measurable snow in the early portion of this week. Above freezing temperatures during the day and warm pavement did not allow it to last long. By Wednesday evening, the northwest winds that had brought the lake-effect snow had calmed resulting in nice conditions for our last well lit Keweenaw Running Group run on the MTU trails ahead of this coming weekend’s time change.

As we were close to wrapping up the run, a curious whitetail buck stopped to check us out! Close wildlife interactions like this are always a treat!

We have mild temperatures in store for the next week, but the long range forecast is calling for temperatures back into the 30s going into the firearm deer season.

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