Up North Winter Celebrated in Pictures

Look for the beauty and grace of nature — even in Winter!

Snowy Gunflint Trail road with tall evergreens on each side dusted with snow.More beautiful pictures celebrating Winter up north.

Close up of small pine tree in snowy forest.

 

 

 

 

 

Featuring pictures from Cook County  Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail.

While the weather was quite brisk with a -13 inland, the beauty was worth bundling up to brave the cold.Car rearview mirror thermometer showing -13 degrees

 

 

 

Tracks across a lake up the Gunflint Trail. Ice fishing tent on the frozen lake.

Tracks across a snow covered lake with evergreens in distant background.

Orange tent on frozen snow covered lake for ice fishing. Tall evergreens in background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The evergreens in the foreground are actually on an island.

Snow dusted evergreens with low mountain in background and ground covered in snow.

 

Very tall, old growth pine trees viewed from driving down road.

This old growth pine forest is a favorite spot of mine as you drive up the Gunflint. Majestic trees in any season!

A snow covered marshy spot.

 

A snow covered marshy area.

 

 

Snowy winter road scene with evergreens on each side of road.

 

 

Know matter what Winter delivers in your part of the world, look for the beauty and grace of nature.

What do you like about Winter?

Lake Superior Wears Winter Well

Celebrate winter by checking out Lake Superior’s beautiful waves and ice formations. You can choose to do it from a warm distance or up close and personal.


Lake Superior Beach with iced formations and good sized waves in background

Lake Superior ice formations on beach with dramatic white capped waves in background with far shoreline of evergreens

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s to celebrating Winter and all her beauty!

Lake Superior ice formation with white capped wave in background

 

Lake Superior ice formation with wave splashing in background

 

 

 

 

 

As Winter works, beautiful waves and ice formations adorn both the Lake and her beaches.

Lake Superior icy formation with rocky beach in foreground and evergreens in background View of Grand Marais, MN harbor and Lake Superior from a distance

View of the Grand Marais, MN harbor and Lake Superior from the Pincushion Mountain overlook. The sea fog makes it look even more cloudy.

 

Harbor pictures a bit closer.

Grand Marais, MN harbor picture with breakwater and lighthouse in distance

Grand Marais, MN Harbor with cracks on surface of iceWant more winter? Try checking out these webcams in Cook County Minnesota. How do you like to enjoy winter?

Grand Marais, MN Harbor with ice stones sitting on edge and waves splashing upMultiple rows of white capped waves on Lake Superior.

Winter Home Delivery In Northern Wisconsin

Not your usual form of home delivery. Winter driving can be stimulating.

Cruising along US Highway 2 through Iron River, Wisconsin — home of the Fig Leaf Thrift Shop — we observed a semi that had parked inside  the front of a house.

Back view of semi inside house Not your usual form of home delivery.

Front end of semi run into houseHope everyone is ok. Winter driving can be stimulating! Stay safe out there.

Police and Fire workers working scene of semi that ran into a house
Thank You to the Police and Fire working at -2.

Cool, Curious and/or Quirky Finds

Be sure to keep up with BackroadTracks.com to get ideas for your adventures be they near or far.

Wishing you a Happy New Year with another edition of Cool, Curious and/or Quirky Finds.  It is fun to keep an eye open for these items to share with you. Feel free to comment below if you have some Cool, Curious and/or Quirky Finds to share.

Our Septic Service moonlights on the weekends, if you can believe their bumper sticker.  "We haul milk on the weekends" sign on back of septic truck.D & M Septic has a sense of humor.

Picture of cab of D & M Septic truck

 

 

 

 

Kurt's Island Sportshop sign

 

You might find it interesting that Kurt’s Island Sportshop in Minocqua, WI offers “LIVE NUDE MINNOWS” and Other Sexy Bait.  Sign in window saying, "LIVE NUDE MINNOWS"

 

Might want to check that out when you’re in the area.

Sign in window saying "Sexy Bait"

Sign in window saying, "Other Sexy"

 

 

 

 

Buc-Cee's billboard saying "My Overbite is Sexy."

 

 

 

And .  .  .   last but not least .  .  .  a billboard I’ve wanted to capture and share with you advertising Buc-ee’s.  A travel stop on steroids, Buc-ee’s is a Texas favorite that has serving travelers down to both an art and a science. If you’re going through Texas, be sure to locate a Buc-ee’s. You’ll find fast food you can order electronically, gift shop areas for everyone in the family, jerky, sweets, drinks, souvenirs, and clean restrooms designed to serve crowds. And they are usually overly crowded. Not to mention their cute mascot with a sexy overbite!

May your New Year be the best yet for you and yours.  Be sure to keep up with BackroadTracks.com to get ideas for your adventures be they near or far.

Merry Christmas from BackroadTracks

What a gift of salvation God offers each of us!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and joyful New Year! It is both sobering and awesome to remember that Baby Jesus is the same Jesus whose resurrection we celebrate at Easter. What a gift of salvation God offers each of us! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Thought you might enjoy seeing these Christmas trees we found in our travels. Two of them are in road intersections. Have you seen Christmas trees like that? If so, please share the location.

Large Christmas Tree in middle of intersection

This Christmas trees graces an intersection in historic, downtown Corsicana, Texas.

Christmas tree at McDonald’s decorated with little french fry containers and other holiday ornaments.

Love the little french fry container ornaments on this tree at a Corsicana McDonald’s!

Charlie Brown Christmas tree in road intersection

This “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree was discovered in downtown Wortham, TX.

I was caught taking this picture ; )

Author taking picture of Charlie Brown Christmas tree in road intersection

Merry Christmas,

Cindy at BackroadTracks.com

Seyer’s Garage and Towing Top Notch

To make a very long story shorter, I’ll just tell you two companies not to use if your ever broken down around the Cape Girardeau Missouri area and a company that treated us exceptionally well.

We were on a tight timetable, driving straight through from Texas to Illinois to go on to Minnesota. Just outside of Cape Girardeau Missouri, the truck overheated. We were broken down. I’m sure you understand this is beyond frustrating but for us it was especially so. We were scheduled to meet our son who had just returned from deployment. We were going to watch our grandbaby and enjoy some family vacation time at the cabin. We hadn’t seen our son for 9 months and it looked like we were going to be delayed.

To make a very long story shorter, I’ll just tell you two companies not to use if your ever broken down around the Cape Girardeau Missouri area and a company that treated us exceptionally well. Avoid ASAP Towing and the local Ford Dealership. Use Seyer’s Garage.

Business card for Seyer’s Garage

For the story details—read on. Our AT&T phone roadside assistance hooked us up with ASAP Towing. After 2 hours of waiting, ASAP cancelling our tow without letting us or AT&T know, we made contact with Seyer’s Garage. Our wait was short, the tow driver polite and friendly. Once my husband saw that Seyer’s also had a garage and found out the driver was willing to get us to a hotel, we just had our truck taken to their garage. In route, we explained our tight timetable and inquired about how busy their shop was. The driver was actually the owner and he agreed to take a look at the truck with no promises, which we understood and appreciated. A little while later, a shop employee gave us a ride to our hotel. Note, the Ford dealership in Cape Girardeau had informed us they would not assist us in getting to a hotel.

If the truck was able to be repaired, the shop owner agreed to pick us up early the next morning on his way in. As it turned out, the shop called that same day to let us know the truck was fixed and that they could come pick us up to get the truck. We were so thankful for Seyer’s Garage and their professional and courteous service that we want to let others know about this resource should they have a need in the Cape Girardeau, Missouri area. They also have a location in Scott City, Missouri.

Business card for Seyer’s Garage

Do you have any such services that were helpful when you were traveling? If so, feel free to post in the comments section.

Small City Parks with Personality

Small parks offer a space for relaxing and appreciating a space of beauty no matter the time of year.

Fountain in pocket park.

Isn’t it fun to trip across a park in an unexpected place? Both Corsicana, TX and Ironwood, MI offer this opportunity.

We discovered two Pocket Parks in Historic downtown Corsicana. Space between two buildings was repurposed into 2 different parks that we had the privilege of seeing decorated for Christmas as well as Halloween. Each space offers a restroom.

Brick risers decorated with mums and pumpkins

Mums, pumpkins, placque, ghost in pocket park

Pocket Park decorated for Christmas including snowmen

Snowmen decorations in pocket park

 

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Ironwood offers a corner park downtown.

Flowers in downtown park

It is beautiful both in summer and winter.

Park benches on brick walkway

Christmas decorations and benches in snow covered park

Such small parks offer a space for relaxing and appreciating a space of beauty no matter the time of year. Have you found any surprise parks? If so, feel free to post a comment to share.

Street signs for park location

Anticipating the Art Walk in Fairfield, TX

The downtown Fairfield, Texas square has been seasonally decorated by local merchants and organizations and is all decked out for the TSAC Fall Art Walk.

Trinity Star Arts Council is hosting the TSAC Fall Ark Walk on October 26, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  The downtown Fairfield, Texas square has been seasonally decorated by local merchants and organizations and is all decked out for the occasion.

Freestone County Courthouse in background with Pumpkin House and other Fall decorations on the lawn.

There will be a Scarecrow Contest, Picasso Pumpkins, Music by SCO LITE, the Eagle Choir, and Refreshments.  Not to mention getting to shop at local merchants.

There is also the opening reception for “Seasons,” an Exhibit of Landscapes, Williford Foundation.

2 Hay bales minions.

Gotta love Minions.  If you are looking for an Autumn event, mark your calendar for the TSAC Fall Art Walk in Fairfield, TX.

Curiosities, Cool Finds, and Quirky Stuff

Check out these quirky pictures including 100% recycled toilet paper, Mosquito Lion, and more.

Thought you might enjoy these pictures of interesting things, signs, or just plain cool finds.

Cool car spotted at Subway parking lot in Grand Marais, MN. I just had to share this with you,

Red car with Coca Cola trailer

Coca Cola trailer hitched to red carCoca Cola trailer hitched to red car

Loved seeing this truck advertising on a Texas road and how the owner combines assumed love of fishing with the business. Nice slogan–“Catching whatever bugs you!”

Angler's Pest Control back of truck advertising

Next up is picture of a Mosquito Lion. A friend graciously let me photo his find at Grand Portage National Monument. With a quick look online, I learned they do not actually eat mosquitoes–unfortunately!

Picture of Mosquito Lion

While in Minnesota, our dog noticed the rain water that had collected in our yard cart. He just had to jump up and play in it–really! He loves water, snow, mud, and dirt. Surprisingly, he is easy to keep clean even though he is mostly white. His hair has an oil coating that kind of operates like tefflon.

Black and white Newfoundland dog in large yard cart with some water in it.Roll of 100% recycled toilet paper

Do you want to use 100% recycled toilet paper? I don’t want to know how they do it–do you? Do note it is “Recycled without Chlorine, Inks, and Fragrances” per the label.

Back label of 100% recycled toilet paper

I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more quirky stuff to share with you. Remember to enjoy the little things, and live a thankful life!

Charming Country Inn not our Cup of Tea

Lots of amenities to choose from at this beautiful country inn, but read our review to decide if it might be for you.

Pine Creek Country Inn entrance signPine Creek Country Inn
341 Pine Creek Road
Nacogdoches, TX

Venue: True to its name, Pine Creek Country Inn is located in a country setting. The grounds are beautiful, wooded, and hilly with a small meandering creek.

View of meandering creek with trees

 

Atmosphere: We lodged in a beautifully decorated, charming room in the Creek House complete with a refrigerator. A microwave was added at our inquiry at no additional charge.

View of charming bedroom

Amenities: Lots to choose from and too many to list here. Two outdoor hot tubs (one of which is semi-private with a partition surrounding it) and an outdoor pool. The pool and large hot tub are open 24 hours.

Outdoor hot tub surrounded by partitionOutdoor pool and hot tub

Continental breakfast is offered weekdays in your room with a Country Breakfast offered on Saturday and Sunday in the Creekside Café. Both are complimentary. While there is wifi, it did not work well in our room. We didn’t eat at the Creekside Café but it is open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and you can BYOB. A variety of outdoor games are available such as horseshoes, badminton and volleyball.

Recommendations: If you are not a cat person, do not stay here. Upon walking up to the lodge, there were at least 10 cats lounging near the front entryway.

Gazebo on grounds

Service: Verify your room charges upon check in. We had 2 reservations 1 week apart and they were mixed up. The second, longer stay, was charged for the first, shorter visit. A mistake for which they refunded the difference. However, the manager assisting the front desk attendant was short and terse with the attendant during the correction process. Do note, it is less expensive to book reservations online.

The Creek House

Return Rating: Never. While the grounds were beautiful and the room was comfortable, we won’t return. We cancelled the second reservation. The manger’s demeanor and too many lounging cats at the entry are inhospitable to us.

Interesting shaped tree