Sunrise over Crane Lake

Crane Lake Sunrise

5 a.m. sunrise

Vermilion Gorge Portage

This is another trail that you can hike that is in the Crane Lake area. It is across the river from the Vermilion River Gorge Trail and you need a boat to get there.

In case you were wondering how far 240 rods is, here is the formula:

1 rod = 16.5 feet
240 X 16.5 = 3960 feet
1 mile = 5,280 feet   

3,960 / 5,280 = .75 or 3/4 mile

It was the beginning of a beautiful day and I think the birds were celebrating! They were singing their hearts out this morning. I usually don’t like to bore folks with the listing of the birds that I see, but there were so many this morning that I will list them this time.

Black-throated Green Warbler
numerous Canada Warblers
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Pine Warbler
Winter Wren
Hermit Thrush
Magnolia Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Cedar Waxwing
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Northern Parula

Vermilion River

The portage trail takes you up to the top of the Vermilion Gorge where the river is placid. There are big marshlands on either side of the river and I could see and hear Red-winged Blackbirds along the sides of the river. It makes me wonder what other birds are lurking in the marsh. I need to portage a canoe up here sometime and explore this area.

Weird Fungi

On the way out I found this weird looking fungus. I’ll have to keep an eye on it to see what it turns into.


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