Easy walks with great views are high on our list. Today we found both at Castle Rock in St. Ignace MI. Although there were quite a few steps, the entire path was paved and even had a resting stop if needed. The skies were bright blue and the day cool with a fairly stiff breeze. The walk was enjoyable and the view from the top was amazing. Continue reading
“Ahoy, NAHANT, you’re afire, get out.” The cry came November 29, 1897 on a frigid night at an ore dock in Escanaba MI. It was a zero night so everything, including water hoses, were frozen. When the fire finally burned itself out, the NAHANT was totally destroyed along with the dock and railroad cars. Two crew members on the NAHANT also perished. Continue reading
Mary Terry was a strong woman and she had to be. She was one of the first female lighthouse keeper’s on the Great Lakes. For 18 years Mary kept the light burning in Sand Point Lighthouse on the shore of Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. Like many other stories we heard in the UP, Mary’s death was a mystery.
When asking about Peninsula Point Lighthouse we were told, “the lighthouse is at the end of the road”. At the time we did not realize it was at the end of a narrow, tree branches hanging, dirt road. Traveling is all about adventure so we ventured. Exiting the forestry drive, the lighthouse appeared along with a vast expanse of water; we were at the tip of Stonington Peninsula. Continue reading
Living in a coastal community sounds romantic. The water can have a calming effect, the cool breezes offer solace and walking the waterfront is relaxing. In Fayette, MI, life was not always easy or relaxing. The community thrived for twenty four years and today is a well preserved ghost town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Continue reading
There are so many great views in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula it is hard to single out a few, but Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook is an easy choice. It offers a great hike together with the reward of amazing vistas including those of Lake Superior. From the venture of woods and trails to cliffs views high enough for flatlanders from South Louisiana to truly be impressed. Continue reading
Murder, Intrigue and Rape in the UP
As we RV around the country, we to expect to find breathtaking beauty, local color, and food which is different from our South Louisiana roots…but murder, intrigue and sex? We walked right into it in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The UP was everything we thought it would be – breathtaking, rural, hills, beaches, unbelievably clear lakes – the list goes on and on. What we did not expect to find was intrigue. But that is what we found in Big Bay, MI at the Lumberjack Tavern. Continue reading