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Keweenaw Peninsula Trail Report – 01/12

Snowfall & Weather Report: in the Keweenaw Peninsula – 9 inches of new snow with 31 inches of snow on the ground, 167.5 inches fallen to date as of 1/12/18.

Today’s forecast: Cloudy with 20% chance of snow, high 5, low 1
Tomorrow’s forecast: 50% chance of snow, high 8, low -1
Sunday: Cloudy with a 20% chance of snow, high 11, low 8
Monday: 60% chance of snow, high 19, low 9
Tuesday: Cloudy with a 20% chance of snow, high 11, low 7

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KEWEENAW PENINSULA UPDATE via Krupps Resort – Good morning Kruppers!
Well we survived the warm up without much damage to our snowpack!
We had a a tiny bit of rain but nothing to worry about!
The warm up helped make the base better and then came back the cold!
It snowed and blowed yesterday and here in Kruppys back yard I would say we picked up about 4” new!
It just 4 above out now!
I rode trail 3 last night and it had 2 foot whoops so not fun and then I passed Dave Sleeman in the groomer heading north from Twin Lakes to Toivola and it was awesome for the LAST MILE!”dang it”!
So far today the traffic seems light around Here in Twin Lakes!
It’s the weekend now so I would say get out early!
We need another foot or two now to make off trail riding MINT!
Let it Snow!
Have a great weekend

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Monday January 15th, 2018 - 4:55 pm

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

The Legend of Fred "Cyclone" Taylor

Frederick Wellington Taylor was born June 23rd, 1884 in Ontario, Canada. He became involved in hockey while living in Listowel, Canada. He started playing in the junior league for the Ontario Hockey Association. He is regarded as one of hockey's first superstars. He had innate speed and was a prolific goal scorer.

Fred signed on with the Portage Lakes Hockey Club (which was part of International Professional Hockey League) at the end of the 1905/06 season for a sum of $3,000. Even with the late start he racked up 11 goals in 6 games and helped the Portage Lakes to the league championship with an impressive 19-5 record.

Fred played another season (1906/07) for the Portage Lakes and again helped them cinch another league championship.
It was at the end of this season that with Canada now allowing for professional teams, he left for Ottawa (as did many other Canadian players which contributed to the dissolution of the IPHL) where he played for the Senators. He left for a few weeks to play for Pittsburgh but returned to start the 1908/09 season with the Senators.

Fred led the Senators to a 10-2 record after scoring 9 goals in 11 games! The Senators took home the Stanley Cup.

In 1907, the Governor General of Canada called Fred a "cyclone" due to his prowess on skates. The nickname stuck.

"In Portage La Prairie they called him a tornado, in Houghton, Michigan, he was known as a whirlwind. From now on he'll be known as Cyclone Taylor."
-Malcolm Brice, reporter for the Ottawa Free Press

Fred left Ottawa to play for the Renfrew Millionaires for 2 seasons--before they were disbanded. To Fred's disappointment, his rights were given to the Montreal Wanderers, however, he refused to play for Montreal and played for Ottawa which caused a huge rift in the league. He was fined $100 and the Ottawa Senators were also fined $100. And, if that wasn't enough he was suspended for the rest of the 1911/12 season.

During the fall of 1912, Fred was recruited to play for the Vancouver Millionaires. He was paid a handsome sum of $5,250 to play for Vancouver. This made him the highest paid athlete in Canada.

In 1915, he helped the Vancouver Millionaires, to a 6-2 win over his old team, the Ottawa Senators to win the Stanley Cup! 7,000 fans paid $1.25 a ticket to watch the highly-anticipated match up. To this day, this is the ONLY championship brought to Vancouver by a professional hockey team. (No pressure, Canucks. No pressure...)

In the 1920s, Fred "Cyclone" Taylor began traveling around to different U.S. cities: Pittsburgh, Detroit, Boston, New York City. He packed arenas wherever he went. He has been credited with "selling hockey to American audiences". He played his last game during the 1922/23 season. His career on ice spanned from 1905-1923.

After retirement Fred continued working for the Canadian government, he had been given the job as part of an enticement deal in 1907 from Vancouver.
In 1936, he became President of the Pacific Coast Hockey League.

Fred was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947 at the age of 63.

Fred "Cyclone" Taylor died on June 9, 1979, leaving behind a legend of an incredible player who has never and will never be rivaled.

Fred "Cyclone" Taylor's Legacy

In 1957, Fred's oldest son, Fred Jr., founded Cyclone Taylor Sports. His vision was to have a family-owned and operated business that could be passed down from generation to generation. Fred's grandsons now own it and many of his great-grandchildren work in various capacities for the family business, keeping Cyclone Taylor's excitement and passion for hockey alive and well.

*Fred's grandson, Mark Taylor, played in the NHL between 1981-1986.

*The Vancouver Canucks MVP Award is called the Cyclone Taylor Award.

*The Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena (located in Vancouver, Canada) is named after him.

Now about that backwards goal that supposedly happened against ,Ottawa....let's see what his sons and grandson have to say about it here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF1kLLGZNOc

References:

Greatest Hockey Legends
Family History: Cyclone Taylor Sports

Photos used with permission by J. Taylor.
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The Legend of Fred Cyclone Taylor

Frederick Wellington Taylor was born June 23rd, 1884 in Ontario, Canada. He became involved in hockey while living in Listowel, Canada. He started playing in the junior league for the Ontario Hockey Association. He is regarded as one of hockeys first superstars. He had innate speed and was a prolific goal scorer. 

Fred signed on with the Portage Lakes Hockey Club (which was part of International Professional Hockey League) at the end of the 1905/06 season for a sum of $3,000. Even with the late start he racked up 11 goals in 6 games and helped the Portage Lakes to the league championship with an impressive 19-5 record.

Fred played another season (1906/07) for the Portage Lakes and again helped them cinch another league championship. 
It was at the end of this season that with Canada now allowing for professional teams, he left for Ottawa (as did many other Canadian players which contributed to the dissolution of the IPHL) where he played for the Senators. He left for a few weeks to play for Pittsburgh but returned to start the 1908/09 season with the Senators. 

Fred led the Senators to a 10-2 record after scoring 9 goals in 11 games! The Senators took home the Stanley Cup.

In 1907, the Governor General of Canada called Fred a cyclone due to his prowess on skates. The nickname stuck.

In Portage La Prairie they called him a tornado, in Houghton, Michigan, he was known as a whirlwind. From now on hell be known as Cyclone Taylor.
-Malcolm Brice, reporter for the Ottawa Free Press

Fred left Ottawa to play for the Renfrew Millionaires for 2 seasons--before they were disbanded. To Freds disappointment, his rights were given to the Montreal Wanderers, however, he refused to play for Montreal and played for Ottawa which caused a huge rift in the league. He was fined $100 and the Ottawa Senators were also fined $100. And, if that wasnt enough he was suspended for the rest of the 1911/12 season.

During the fall of 1912, Fred was recruited to play for the Vancouver Millionaires. He was paid a handsome sum of $5,250 to play for Vancouver. This made him the highest paid athlete in Canada. 

In 1915, he helped the Vancouver Millionaires, to a 6-2 win over his old team, the Ottawa Senators to win the Stanley Cup! 7,000 fans paid $1.25 a ticket to watch the highly-anticipated match up. To this day, this is the ONLY championship brought to Vancouver by a professional hockey team. (No pressure, Canucks. No pressure...) 

In the 1920s, Fred Cyclone Taylor began traveling around to different U.S. cities: Pittsburgh, Detroit, Boston, New York City. He packed arenas wherever he went. He has been credited with selling hockey to American audiences. He played his last game during the 1922/23 season. His career on ice spanned from 1905-1923. 

After retirement Fred continued working for the Canadian government, he had been given the job as part of an enticement deal in 1907 from Vancouver. 
In 1936, he became President of the Pacific Coast Hockey League. 

Fred was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947 at the age of 63. 

Fred Cyclone Taylor died on June 9, 1979, leaving behind a legend of an incredible player who has never and will never be rivaled. 

Fred Cyclone Taylors Legacy

In 1957, Freds oldest son, Fred Jr., founded Cyclone Taylor Sports. His vision was to have a family-owned and operated business that could be passed down from generation to generation. Freds grandsons now own it and many of his great-grandchildren work in various capacities for the family business, keeping Cyclone Taylors excitement and passion for hockey alive and well.

*Freds grandson, Mark Taylor, played in the NHL between 1981-1986.

*The Vancouver Canucks MVP Award is called the Cyclone Taylor Award.

*The Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena (located in Vancouver, Canada) is named after him.

Now about that backwards goal that supposedly happened against ,Ottawa....lets see what his sons and grandson have to say about it here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF1kLLGZNOc

References:

Greatest Hockey Legends
Family History: Cyclone Taylor Sports

Photos used with permission by J. Taylor.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Bet he lost a tooth or two as a player. Back than they didn't wear much protection. Balls of steel that are rarely seen nowadays.

Monday January 15th, 2018 - 1:20 pm

Krupps Resort

Good morning Krupper's
The cold continues but another small warmup is on the way for the weekend! not too warm but might get a bit over freezing for a couple days!
It shouldn't effect our snow pack much!
As far as new snow this week the forecast isn't showing much at all for now till next week!
next week It looks like we might settle into normal temps in the low 20's which is perfect in my opinion!
Those wondering about trails and off trail conditions I can tell you the trails have plenty of snow! we all know the traffic is heavy up here on the weekends and it gets pretty bumpy by the afternoons but for the most parts our off shoot trails stay pretty dang good! I rode a bit on 109 and 13 Saturday and both we awesome! I didn't ride the full trails but the first 5 miles out of TL were good!
in the morning trail 3 was flat and smooth but by the afternoon....not so much!
now for off trail conditions:
BUMPS ARE JUMPS! not stumps-
meaning the base has settle to a great 2-3 foot of really solid base!
we picked up 4-8'' of new fluff on top so carving fire roads felt like we were riding on just a half a foot of snow due to the base being super firm! if ya hammer the gas you could trench deep
side hilling was pretty dang good but another foot or 2 on top would make it epic!
We picked up 10.1 inches since Thursday night officially here in Twin Lakes!
We took a spin down to the Mosquito to eat a couple times during the weekend and had some great food and it was pretty full both days even though they are waiting on the State of Michigan for the liquor license which they expect any day now!
Don is back cooking his famous fish and Chicken and people line up to get his homemade soups and chili which are killer!
I really love the flatbread meat-lover pizzas!
check out their Facebook page for updates to when they will have liquor back but it should be any day now!

We also ate at Omer's just down the street from here!
It's the golf coarse that has rental cabins and the Bar and restaurant that over many years would close during the winter but for the last two years its been open and is a cozy gem with a brand new enlarged bar!
Great folks and great food!
It's just a block or 2 down the street across M26 from Kruppsmart.
Jim and Deb's Kruppsmart home of the world famous Pasties
you can also get a breakfast sandwich or burrito while ya gas up your sled!
They sell everything from Trail Permits, oil,belts convenience food,Hot sandwiches, liquor"off sale" to nuts and bolts! premium or regular unleaded gas and a propane filling station!
Jim and Deb bought the store over 14 years ago from Sandy and Richard and continue the tradition since!
They sell up to 200 Pasties a day at times I think!
I have seen folks come it there while I'm there and buy a big bag of the "half Cooked" ones!
I can't tell you how many people I have seen come in for a pasty for breakfast there!
Personally I like the Scottikingwich which is a sausage egg and cheese on a croissant or the Shackwich which is roast beef egg and cheese on a croissant! YUM YUM lol!

We also have the Parkview right in town and they have great food and spirits as well!
I have tried many food items there and would have to say the Pizza is fantastic and the beef and chedder is killer!

Wow I was a bit windy on this one!
I hope I didn't bore anyone too much?
Have a great day and get out and enjoy the snow!
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Good morning Kruppers
The cold continues but another small warmup is on the way for the weekend! not too warm but might get a bit over freezing for a couple days!
 It shouldnt effect our snow pack much!
As far as new snow this week the forecast isnt showing much at all for now till next week!
next week It looks like we might settle into normal temps in the low 20s which is perfect in my opinion!
Those wondering about trails and off trail conditions I can tell you the trails have plenty of snow! we all know the traffic is heavy up here on the weekends and it gets pretty bumpy by the afternoons but for the most parts our off shoot trails stay pretty dang good! I rode a bit on 109 and 13 Saturday and both we awesome! I didnt ride the full trails but the first 5 miles out of TL were good!
in the morning trail 3 was flat and smooth but by the afternoon....not so much!
now for off trail conditions:
BUMPS ARE JUMPS! not stumps-
meaning the base has settle to a great 2-3 foot of really solid base!
we picked up 4-8 of new fluff on top so carving fire roads felt like we were riding on just a half a foot  of snow due to the base being super firm! if ya hammer the gas you could trench deep
side hilling was pretty dang good but another foot or 2 on top would make it epic!
We picked up 10.1 inches since Thursday night officially here in Twin Lakes! 
We took a spin down to the Mosquito to eat a couple times during the weekend and had some great food and it was pretty full both days even though they are waiting on the State of Michigan for the liquor license which they expect any day now!
Don is back cooking his famous fish and Chicken and people line up to get his homemade soups and chili which are killer!
I really love the flatbread meat-lover pizzas!
check out their Facebook page for updates to when they will have liquor back but it should be any day now!

We also ate at Omers just down the street from here!
Its the golf coarse that has rental cabins and the Bar and restaurant that over many years would close during the winter but for the last two years its been open and is a cozy gem with a brand new enlarged bar!
Great folks and great food!
Its just a block or 2 down the street across M26 from Kruppsmart.
 Jim and Debs Kruppsmart home of the world famous Pasties
you can also get a breakfast sandwich or burrito while ya gas up your sled!
 They sell everything from Trail Permits, oil,belts convenience food,Hot sandwiches, liquoroff sale to nuts and bolts! premium or regular unleaded gas and a propane filling station!
Jim and Deb bought the store over 14 years ago from Sandy and Richard and continue the tradition since!
They sell up to 200 Pasties a day at times I think!
I have seen folks come it there while Im there and buy a big bag of the half Cooked ones!
I cant tell you how many people I have seen come in for a pasty for breakfast there!
Personally I like the Scottikingwich which is a sausage egg and cheese on a croissant or the Shackwich which is roast beef egg and cheese on a croissant! YUM YUM lol!   

We also have the Parkview right in town and they have great food and spirits as well! 
I have tried many food items there and would have to say the Pizza is fantastic and the beef and chedder is killer!

Wow I was a bit windy on this one!
I hope I didnt bore anyone too much?
Have a great day and get out and enjoy the snow!

 

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Noaa is calling for more than a dusting.

Patrick Page this is where you need to go next

Never boring!! Always enjoy reading your posts 👍

I think you covered everything! Nice job! 😏

Joey Nemetz

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Sunday January 14th, 2018 - 8:05 pm

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Winter Carnival 1974: Sub-Zero Heroes

North Pole Bar Scene with Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin. Tau Kappa Epsilon took home 1st place for this fun and incredibly-detailed snow statue! Sitting on the right is Winter Carnival Queen Janet Nyman of Houghton, Michigan with Debbie Cearly of Austin, Texas on the left.

23 days until MTU's Winter Carnival 2018 kicks off! What are you most excited for---the statues, the broomball games, skits, hockey game?

Photo Credit: MTU Archives/Copper Country Historical Society
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Winter Carnival 1974: Sub-Zero Heroes

North Pole Bar Scene with Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin. Tau Kappa Epsilon took home 1st place for this fun and incredibly-detailed snow statue! Sitting on the right is Winter Carnival Queen Janet Nyman of Houghton, Michigan with Debbie Cearly of Austin, Texas on the left. 

23 days until MTUs Winter Carnival 2018 kicks off! What are you most excited for---the statues, the broomball games, skits, hockey game?

Photo Credit: MTU Archives/Copper Country Historical Society

 

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My mom Betty Galetto was the 1943 Winter carnival Queen at MTU. She just graduated from Calumet HS. In those days MTU fraternities nominated the girls to be chosen for Carnival queen. Pretty neat!

Mindy Desing you have to go and check that out

I remember that one!

Devin Kau

Lisa Pranger

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