The state of Michigan is broken up into two peninsulas – the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. They are connected together by the Mackinac Bridge. Yooper names the residents of the Upper Peninsula and Trolls are the Lower Peninsula.
We enjoy staying in the Upper Peninsula at an RV resort called Gitche Gumee because we reserve the end spot right on the water. This is about as rustic/primitive as we get. Gitche Gumee actualy means “By the big shining sea” and Lake Superior is all of that. Here is our view:
We like to take the puppies for walks along the beach with our friends Rich & Nancy and and their pup Ollie.
Enjoy the sunsets.
Relax by the campfire
Our friends from Duluth, Nancy and Rich came over for a couple of days. This picture is in front of our friends freighter, Jim who worked on the Great Lakes as the captain of this ship for his career.
We first heard about Phil on the local TV. For more than three decades, 87-year-old Phil Niemisto has been a constant presence on W. Washington St. in downtown Marquette. In appreciation, the city dedicated its downtown pocket park to Phil in January 2017. A plaque next to the statue of Phil Niemisto states that he “became an icon in Marquette’s downtown district, working tirelessly, rain or snow, washing merchants’ windows and planting and caring for this public garden.” Phil also labored without pay, a point particularly praised by city officials at the statue’s dedication. The TV report was stating that the statue had been vandalized, they knocked off Phil’s hat. When we went by Phil’s hat had been fixed and was drying.
One of our other excursions was on a lighthouse tour. The park rangers told us the history of this lighthouse and we had the opportunity to climb up and see the view.
And here is the view, above and below.
One of the bike trails we enjoyed was the Iron Ore Heritage trail.The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 47-mile, multi-use, year round trail that connects communities and people to the region’s historic sites and human stories. The trail was designed for walkers, bikers, runners and inline skaters.The trail follows mostly abandoned railroad corridors that were used to bring lumber to furnaces and forges and iron ore to the Lake Superior Harbor. We liked the trail a lot because it was paved and ran along the waterfront.
The route had these cute trail markers.
One thing we did notice was this infatuation the area has with “Big Foot”. They have research groups and other organizations that hunt for the mythical character. Is he the one on the right or the left?
Well I could tell it was time to get the bus rolling when I caught Fred fixing the fence.
Time to go see some Troll’s.