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Old 2018-09-20, 20:18   #23
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These are in Marquette, MI. One is still operational. The other is decommissioned.
Mark Rose put me onto these. They are called "pocket docks." The functional one has 100 bins, or pockets, on each side. Each holds 250 tons of ore pellets. Two ships can be loaded at once.
I looked at the picture before reading your text and knew exactly what it was. There used to be a few of these along Lake Superior as well. There used to be a couple in Ashland, WI which have since been completely removed.
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Old 2018-09-21, 03:58   #24
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I looked at the picture before reading your text and knew exactly what it was. There used to be a few of these along Lake Superior as well. There used to be a couple in Ashland, WI which have since been completely removed.
I read somewhere that the decommissioned dock was left in place because it was an excellent windbreak for the Lower Harbor.
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Old 2018-09-25, 05:21   #25
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These are in Marquette, MI. One is still operational. The other is decommissioned.
Mark Rose put me onto these. They are called "pocket docks." The functional one has 100 bins, or pockets, on each side. Each holds 250 tons of ore pellets. Two ships can be loaded at once.
I hope you found them worth the trip. I enjoy unique displays of engineering.
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Old 2018-09-25, 12:59   #26
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Old 2018-09-25, 13:35   #27
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I hope you found them worth the trip. I enjoy unique displays of engineering.
Very much so. The intact dock was also a photographic challenge. It took some scouting about to find a spot that could capture most of the great length of the behemoth. The only disappointment was the lack of a laker somewhere in the view. On the other hand, from Eagle Lodge on the Keweenauw Peninsula, I did get to see ore boats cruising past at night. At least one had lights from bow to stern like a giant floating xmas tree.
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Old 2018-09-26, 00:27   #28
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Default Hickman Natural Bridge, Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. The trail goes under and through the natural bridge.
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Old 2018-09-26, 13:27   #29
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Nice picture! Hopi Point, or somewhere near, correct? Here's one from a point at the bottom, looking approximately back up toward the Bright Angel trailhead and Hopi Point.
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Old 2019-05-08, 13:07   #30
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This is from Giant City State Park: one of our favorite getaways.
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Old 2019-07-16, 08:59   #31
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Brian and I hiked up Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), 600m (2000ft) above the Lysefjord.
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Old 2019-10-13, 02:30   #32
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John Muir once wrote that "the view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth", so I went to check it out yesterday.

I decided to be a rebel and pretty much broke all of the hiking guidelines:
- Don't hike alone in an area you're not familiar with (I did the entire hike solo, and it was my first attempt to get to the top)
- Start long hikes early (I started the 11 mile hike around 2 PM, but I brought a headlamp. There was also an almost-full moon that night.)
- Have at least one night of altitude acclimation if you're going from sea level to elevations above 10,000 feet (Mt. San Jacinto is at 10,834 ft/3302m, and I was at or close to sea level from mid-September until that morning. However, I was willing to turn back early if I had to.)
- Carry the "10 essentials" of hiking (I went ultralight and didn't carry a first aid kit, fire starting equipment, a repair kit, or emergency shelter)

I got back down safely and was rewarded with solitude at the top and amazing sunset views below. I don't know when Muir climbed San Jacinto, but this was the first time I've ever seen a mountain shadow, and it was indeed a sublime spectacle:
http://www.atoptics.co.uk/atoptics/mtshad.htm
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mount...aphs_n_7209516

Before leaving, I looked in the nearby stone hut and signed the San Jacinto Peak summit register. I found entries from Denmark, England, and Canada, which is quite surprising for a mountain that's not a state or country high point. The old registers there and on other mountains typically remain at their summits for many years (or even decades), but they're sometimes brought to the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, where they are stored permanently:
https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/1...38nb2br/admin/

I've attached some pictures. Enjoy!
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Nice. The shadow is awesome. Where did you start hiking from?
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