Saturday, December 14, 2013

Frozen lakes and the Flame....

The boundary waters lakes are all frozen up solid and ice fishing is in full swing. I really enjoy the weather satellite shots provided by UW Madison. On a clear winter day you can see great detail. You can still see the burn scars of the Hamm Lake fire and the Pagami creek fires. Look close and you can see Artist point at Grand Marais. And to think it was just fall a short while ago and we were wave watching there.

Also the subject of the Duluth waterfront came to mind recently and the buildings that once were on the shore. I recalled the Flame Restaurant that was razed in the late 90's. I looked up the history
and found quite a interesting story. Even a bit entertaining with what a supper club was in the early days:

Duluth’s Flame Restaurant — a fixture of the town for over fifty years — started as a humble one-room barbecue stand on London Road, opened by Jimmy Oreck and Alex Zurovsky during the heart of the Great Depression. A year later Zurovsky dropped his end of the bargain, leaving Oreck and his wife Ruth to run the stand, which they turned into what would be called “the Northwest’s finest Supper club.” The Art Deco-inspired Flame Building on London Road boasted large picture windows that looked out over a garden of “trees and shrubs, a waterfall, trout pool, and stuffed wild animals.” It also had the town’s first custom-made semi-circular booths, strolling musicians, a cigarette girl, and a dwarf doorman decked out in a red uniform.

Charlie Kassmit managed the Flame, and he and Oreck did their best to make the experience unique. Coffee was served by “The Sultan of the Second Cup,” a man wearing a turban and curl-toed shoes. Meat cooked slowly over a rotisserie that was enclosed with glass and the Flame was famous for its pop-overs made fresh by Ruth every day. At first it could seat just thirty patrons, but Oreck added wings and — after Prohibition was repealed — a variety of bars and lounges, including the Rooster Room, named for the Flame’s logo, a flame red cockerel.

When fire claimed the Flame in 1942, Oreck moved the restaurant to 110 West Superior Street. Meanwhile he purchased a grocery warehouse along the harbor. The three-story fire proof building originally housed the Duluth Marine Supply Company, a grocery retail firm specializing in selling foods to Lake Superior vessels. By 1936 Duluth Marine Supply had moved; the building remained a grocery warehouse until Oreck bought it and hired architect Harold St. Clair Starin to convert it into The Flame. The new Flame sat four hundred diners. Its semicircular terrazzo dance floor was framed with “inverted Roman-like columns flooded with multicolored lights.” The Flame included a glass stair tower and many windows that looked out over the harbor, including five twelve-foot windows in the dining room that created a “wall of glass.”

But Oreck wasn’t happy with the building because of compromises made due to war-related shortages. In 1955 Oreck moved the business to Superior Street, reworked the old Flame, and by 1956 was back at the Fifth Avenue building along the “seaway,” as Oreck called the waterfront. Oreck sold the Flame to a Memphis developer in 1971, and the restaurant closed in 1973. The Anchor Inn rented the building until 1982. In 1983 Micky Paulucci of Grandma’s Restaurants reopened the Flame in its Fifth Avenue location, but it closed just eighteen months later. The vacant building was demolished in 1998 to make room for the Great Lakes Aquarium

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Cold air returns and makes sea smoke on Lake Superior.

The live cams this morning shows something that occurs when the cold air is above the warm lake water. Sea smoke! Winter is here with the new snow and sea smoke.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

One picture sums up the week

This pretty much says it all for Minnesota's Arrowhead this week. No other words needed....

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Looks like the holiday season

Looks very holiday like this morning on Grand Marais harbor on the live cam.
The Canadian high pressure brought some cold temps and a dusting of snow. The ski season starts next weekend at Lutsen.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Waves kick up in November

The leaves are gone but now the focus on the North Shore is wave watching. It's quite exciting and thriling to see a big roller pound into the rocks. Sometimes the spray shooting 20 feet plus into the air. The sounds that occur with the waves are also stimulating. November is wave watching month just ahead of the ski season which opens on Thanksgiving weekend.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Fall Memories

Fall is over but a new ski season is about to begin. It was a extended fall and very nice color. This shot behind the Cascade River State park is of Lookout Mountain. A favorite hike each fall. More postings in the future as I've been traveling and not at the computer this past few months. Stay tuned..........

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Late Spring on the Northshore.

It was very surprising to see ice still hanging to the side of Devils Track River Canyon this Memorial Day weekend. It was a nice hike and a lovely day. I've never seen ice that late.

Monday, February 18, 2013

They are everywhere now!

LIVE CAMS!  Today I found that even the Sea Caves north of Bayfield Wisconsin even have a live cam. Not sure how? Up a tree? But it's a wonderful view of the sea caves. So far this year there is no ice to allow entry to the caves on foot. But at least you can enjoy the changing views of the caves and lake. I find this area very nice and there are hiking trails
and the Meyer's beach area for kayaking.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Bayfield Wisconsin Windsled

The ferry can no longer make it's way thru the ice and it's time for the windsled. Soon if it's cold enough cars will drive the ice road again?
I know of no other place that has a windsled? It might be unique to Bayfield?  It's something interesting in Wisconsin. Also a event special in February:

Books Across the Bay-February 16th -See

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Evidence of the Fires

The snow plainly shows the fires that have taken place in the boundary waters.Pagammi Creek and Ham Lake fires are clearly visible on the satellite shot. These burns cleared the landscape but it’s coming back strong. It’s really interesting how clearly they show up in the wintertime.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ice in the Channel

Between Bayfield Wisconsin and Madeline Island the ferry is still running
thru the ice but it's starting to look like it might freeze solid soon with the big coming arctic cold snap.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The friends of the woods get hungry.

The winter isn't harsh yet but the deer still come looking for a bit of corn. Later this week it will be needed however as a cold snap is coming.