From Elk Rapids to Torch Lake everything’s waking up

Posted on April 14, 2012


There’s an enormous amount of work going on at the upper harbor in Elk Rapids. On Friday the sidewalk superintendents were out in force.

There will definitely be more shopper docks available this summer, which is good news for everyone who likes to cruise down Torch Lake, through the Torch River, through Lake Skegemog and Elk Lake and the Elk River, all for a nice dinner. You would be surprised how many people that is during an average summer. The village is grappling with the question of what to do with the former Bech mustard facility structures. They might come down, they might be sold, perhaps to Short’s for a brew pub like its excellent establishment in Bellaire, or they might become some sort of communitiy facility. I will report in due course, but in the meantime there were a lot of overgrown bushes and dead trees and general mess to haul out of there, and a big trench to bore. I have no idea of the purpose of the trench but it reminded me very much of the plumbing line Dad laid when he put in the septic tank at our house a hundred years ago. The heavy equipment, on the other hand, reminds me of the Tonka toys Rob the Firefighter had when he was little, which was only yesterday.

A few miles north of Elk Rapids the cowslips (marsh marigolds) are blooming in the dappled shade at the edge of the woods. You can spot them on both sides of US 31 just north of the rest area.

These are marsh marigolds.

These are cowslips.

The rest area is still closed. That it closes at all is a pet peeve of mine, but that it should be closed in April is especially irritating. On the other hand, up in Torch Lake village . . . TA-DAH!!

When Chris and Sonny got back from vacation the sign said “The store will reopen in a month.” As time passed, we all got a little antsy. Then a plaintive chorus arose, “Yes, but which month?” Now we know. The Torch Lake Market will reopen on April 27. Not a moment too soon.  This year’s guest workers, by the way, will be coming from Mongolia and Kazakhstan and other places not yet confirmed.  We are looking forward to the cultural exchange.