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Blog entry by bubinga posted 05-20-2011 02:35 PM 3186 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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spunwood

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#1 posted 05-20-2011 04:35 PM

Great video and great music, thanks for the treat.
Brandon

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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PflugervilleSteve

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#2 posted 05-20-2011 04:39 PM

Yup – nice version of the Riddle Song… The part about the chestnut makes me sad. I’ve run across the occasional American/Chinese hybrid Chestnut tree in the wild, but it’s a sad thing that I was 35 years old before I ever saw a chestnut tree.

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8iowa

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#3 posted 05-20-2011 06:47 PM

bubinga:

Thanks for sharing that historical vid. Highland is one of my favorite places.

The story is especially meaningful for me because I’m in the middle of the Hiawatha National Forest, here in the U.P. It seems hard to believe, but the Upper Peninsula was once a source of an inexhaustable supply of white pine and several hardwoods. At least, a few generations ago they thought it was inexhaustable….........wrong – so very wrong. When the land was acquired by the Federal Government 80 years ago the U.P. was reduced to rolling hills of grass. During the depression, gangs of young men, set up in various camps here replanted the forest. Now we once again have majestic pines and birch, maple, and some cherry.( although nothing like 100 years ago)

We have U.P. here several once booming logging towns, now reduced to small spots on the road, or gone entirely. Nahma, close to us on the North shore of Lake Michigan, once had a population of several thousand. A railroad brought logs down to the sawmill and the sawn lumber was loaded into ships. Nahma is now a small village of about fifty people with an Inn/restaurant and a small park for fisherman launching boats into the lake.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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bubinga

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#4 posted 05-20-2011 06:58 PM

8iowa

Thank You,, for the info, some things I didn’t know
I have been up there on motorcycle rides , I’m in Flint

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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Grandpa

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#5 posted 05-20-2011 10:02 PM

Thank you for the tour. For those that haven’t been to the west coast you really should go and take in the Sequaya trees. The centenial stump is there and it is 22 feet across. They cut it for the Centenial Celebration in 1876. They had to split it several times to get in to the east by train. When they put it back together they were not allowed to enter it in the fair for the celebration. Seems that folks in the east didn’t believe a tree could grow to that diameter and called it a California hoax. They are something to behold.
Thanks again for the tour.

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#6 posted 05-22-2011 08:58 AM

Good stuff. Thanks.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#7 posted 05-22-2011 09:07 PM

I finally got to watch this. Fine montage and well put together. Thanks for sharing it.

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