Wednesday, August 16

Big Mac

Just crossed from the U.P. to to the Lower Peninsula, and the sight of the Mackinac Bridge is still as impressive as ever. Back before the bridge opened (1957) ferry boats would carry as many as 9,000 vehicles per day across the five (5) mile wide Straits of Mackinac. Traffic backups could stretch as long as 16 miles - ah, the good ole days!

Tuesday, August 15


Last night I spotted one of those little dotted lines on the map that denotes a ferry - so decided to check it out. The Drummond Island Ferry departs from, the aptly named, De Tour Village. No wait, $7.00 round trip, so I decided to spend the night. Nice little township campground, historical museum, and some good backroads. If you like peace and quiet, this is the place to go.

Monday, August 14

Pictured Rocks

Took a boat tour along the the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore yesterday and it was a nice waterside view of the spectacular sandstone cliffs along this portion of Lake Superior shoreline.

Sunday, August 13


The Upper Peninsula’s largest city (20,000). Home of Northern Michigan University (where my mother graduated), and the Superior Dome (largest wooden dome in the world). The first ore pocket dock, designed by an early town leader, John Burt, was built in 1859 with the Lower Harbor Ore Dock, constructed in 1932 (although the connecting railroad trestle is no longer a downtown landmark). And, if you hadn't already figured it out, yours truly was born in Marquette.

Saturday, August 12

Just Another Day

Wednesday, August 9


Todays 110 mile trek (most on gravel logging roads) near L'Anse was in search of "points". First up, Mount Arvon, elevation 1,979 feet (603 m), the highest point in Michigan.

Then it was off to Point Abbaye, another of my "end of the road" drives on a peninsula jutting into Lake Superior.

Monday, August 7

Wandering The Keweenaw

The Keweenaw Peninsula, which stretches into Lake Superior, is the northernmost point in Michigan - a true “end of the road” place where US Hwy 41 starts it 1990 mile trek south just outside the tiny town of Copper Harbor.

Today I wandered 130 miles of the peninsula’s backroads, starting in Hancock, then up to Copper Harbor and back. Beautiful day on the peninsula, with some great scenery!

overlooking Copper Harbor