Traveling Part Time Trader – Day 8 Summary


Today we made our way on to the Porcupine Mountains which is a location in Michigan I’ve wanted to visit most my life. Also a big one I wanted the kids to see before they got much older. It was a long travel day, took us about 3 hours after stopping for lunch to get from Wells State Park to our campsite in the “Porkies”. After arriving we set up camp and pretty quickly ventured off to the observation platform for Lake of the Clouds. For sure one of the more breathtaking natural resources I’ve ever seen. While the trees and water are something to behold, I’ve already got it on my to do list to come back when the fall colors are in full.


I had never really heard about the Presque Isle river area, but it may have been the highlight of the trip. The trails around the falls and the ability to get right down in the water was probably the kids favorite. They climbed up and down the banks and Garrison made a valiant effort to fish.


Another surprise was the rope bridge over to the island between the falls. We had a good time jumping up and down and getting the bridge to rock enough to get Tracy scared.


While Tracy and Garrison sat by the river they spooked a bald eagle. It disappeared too quickly to get a picture unfortunately. Lily and I missed it but we ventured down to Lake Superior, which with the sun setting was quite the view.


Today was another rainy day so we spent a lot of time hanging out and walking up and down the shoreline. Garrison and I rented a couple kayaks and took them out onto Lake Superior. I didn’t manage to hook anything, but I didnt have the best tackle to fish a lake like Superior. Garrison brought in a nice sized steelhead but lost it right at his Kayak. I was close enough to see it and it looked to be a damn nice fish. Normally he would have landed it for the frying pan, but we didn’t have a net and while attempting to haul it in it shook his hook.


After dinner we packed up and visited Summit Peak, which was a cool hike up the side of a mountain. The boardwalks made it pretty easy, but it was still quite the expedition. After arriving at the top you climb up an observation platform that ends up at 1958 feat above sea level. It was a nice view but way to foggy. I did not even bother to take any pictures because it was pretty obvious they would most likely not turn out.


Nice couple days in the Porcupines, but when we come back I’ll plan on spending much more than 2 days. To really see everything the time budget should probably be more like 5 days. But this was intended as more of a scouting mission, so we will be able to plan better next time.


Tomorrow we head further up the Keweenaw to Mclain State Park near Houghton, MI. We will figure out the schedule tomorrow but our plans are to check out some of the old copper mines.

Trading wise, jack shit to report.. Markets were up big pre market, then continued to rage pretty much all day. While I can trade in that sort of market, its not the best environment for me. Should have been looking for more longs and I considered buying $MOBI, but chose to defer. Instead I watched $ACHN fade all morning then talked myself into shorting it at $9.58 after it had already came back plenty. Shitty entry.


I could have taken a quick $300-400 after it fell to the $9.30’s but chose to hold all day. Of course it ground back all day and closed a couple cents below my short. So I’m up at this point, but maybe $100 bucks, nothing worth even logging in to get an exact count. Not real crazy about the prospects for this short, analyst upgrades etc. It will probably gap up against me. Told myself to avoid these boredom types of trades, should have just sat on my hands all day. Oh well, tomorrow is another day and every day is a reboot of new opportunities!

2 thoughts on “Traveling Part Time Trader – Day 8 Summary”

  1. The mere 1,900 ft. you were @ yesterday will pale in comparison to the 14,000+ ft. you will see next week! 1,900 ft. is not a mountain its a hill!

  2. You are up in my neck of the woods! I noticed the picture of Lake of the Clouds right away. I live a little further up in the Copper Country. Enjoy your time up here and good luck trading while traveling, eh!

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