Michigan UP Miscellanea, Part 1

Having ticked the major boxes on our trip to Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula (Soo Locks and Whitefish Point) it was time to check out a few other area attractions. We were in the area at kind of a shoulder season of sorts, in that summer festivities were over but fall/winter activities had …

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Itty Bitty Boats; Great Big Rocks; Big Big Water

Humans have paltry imaginations when it comes to the size of natural wonders. We underestimate what is required in terms of time, distance and effort to experience such places. We look at the dots and splotches on maps that indicate where such things are located, ogle photos from slick publications and imagine ourselves in the …

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Gordon and Edmund

There are times when learning a bit of history makes some ordinary or cliched thing you've known since forever take on new life. Spend any time in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and sooner or later you’re bound to hear Gordon Lightfoot crooning The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The song is the official background music …

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Locking Through

We are currently parked in Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The word Sault is pronounced “Soo.” Businesses and attractions are either named “Sault-something” or Soo-something,” presumably in the name of variety, and to confound tourists who might be searching for a business named Sault-something when it's actually spelled Soo-something. Our campsite …

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Shiver Me Timbers!

For our Summer trip we chose to explore the north coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Ben and I were last in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (separately) in the 1980s. We reached Sault Ste. Marie, a city perched on the river between the US and Canada, and made it our base camp for the first …

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Restoration Hangar

You hear people say it again and again. “I never visit local attractions unless I have company from out of town I need to entertain.” I know people who have never visited out local zoo, art museum, theaters, parks and historical sites. We’ve done our fair share in checking Ohio's offerings, but this particular summer …

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