1. Have a bonfire with a few friends
Now that the Upper Peninsula is partially reopened and gatherings of 10 or fewer are allowed, getting together and having a bonfire with friends and having some laughs is way overdue for most. However, ensure that you are maintaining a six-foot distance between each other, maintaining the city curfew and nobody is drinking anything from the same bottle. There are currently no burning bans within city limits and while it’s supposed to be on the cooler side this weekend, no rain is in the forecast until later Sunday, according to AccuWeather.
2. Take a walk down Portage Avenue
Since shops are partially reopened, you can take a walk downtown and see all of the tourist shops and get some fudge while you’re at it. The weather has been warming up and now is no better time to take a walk either by yourself or with a loved one. Or if you are not quite comfortable with the idea yet, take a walk through the Soo Locks and think about how the Locks see an average of 10,000 ships, $500.4 billion worth of iron ore shipped through them and an average of 80 million tons of cargo moves through them each year. Again, ensure that you’re practicing social distancing.
3. Set out some bird feeders and observe
Bird feeders and food are relatively cheap to buy at your local store.
The black-capped chickadees are often found in this area and are omnivores, which means they eat a combination of both meat and plants. At feeders, they love black oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, shelled peanuts, suet and peanut butter.
The yellow finch is another bird that’s commonly seen here as well. Fill a tube or sock bird feeder with thistle seeds and those birds will show up in no time.
Additionally, hummingbirds have now returned to the Upper Peninsula. To make hummingbird nectar, use one part ordinary white cane sugar to four parts boiled water and stir until dissolved. Then add it to your hummingbird feeder. Do not use honey, raw sugar, fruit juice, corn syrup or any other sweetener.
Those interested in feeding hummingbirds are advised to avoid the use of red dye in your hummingbird feeder and the premade red hummingbird food. This red is often used to attract hummingbirds to your feeder, but the Cornell Lab of Ornithology strongly recommends against it: "There is no research that proves red dye is safe for hummingbirds, and very compelling anecdotal information from experienced, licensed rehabbers that hummers who have been fed dyed food have higher mortality and suffer tumors of the bill and liver."
4. Go out on the boat, kayak or go paddleboarding
Nicer weather means it’s time to get out the boat for the season. This holds true to kayaks and paddleboards as well and there are numerous boat and kayak launches within the city. This is a great way to explore the rivers and lakes around you while also getting your vitamin D in from the sun for the day. You can do this alone or with friends and/or family.
5. Make a kite
Kites are becoming a thing of the past. Why not make your own and have some fun while doing it, too? There are numerous tutorials both on Google and YouTube about how to make your own kite from household items such as garbage bags, scissors, newspaper, masking tape and string. Since we live next to numerous bodies of water, our area is windier than most due to the temperature differences of the water and land. This is especially true the closer you get to the water.