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Stories and Tips Upper Peninsula

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Lighthouses of Michigan's U P

Written by MilwVon on 08 Aug, 2013

One of the primary reasons for my impromptu trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula was to check out some of the 115 lighthouses that are found along Michigan's Great Lakes' coastal shores.Michigan has more lighthouses and navigational lights than any other state in the USA and…Read More

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Hauling Iron Ore From Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Written by MilwVon on 08 Aug, 2013

I find traveling to new places to be not only an opportunity to see or experience something new, but to also learn something along the way. My trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula (or the "U P" for short) provided a wealth of education.Marquette, MI…Read More

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Soo Locks Passageway Between the Great Lakes

Written by MilwVon on 08 Aug, 2013

During my visit to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, I learned a lot about shipping on the North American Great Lakes. One of the most fascinating places I visited was the Soo Locks of Sault Saint Marie. As folks may be aware, Sault Saint Marie…Read More

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Outdoors with Nature

Written by MilwVon on 07 Aug, 2013

While admittedly I didn't get to experience everything that Michigan's Upper Peninsula (aka "the U P") has to offer, I did get to sample quite a bit. In one case, a bit more than I bargained for!On my second day, I wanted to make…Read More

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History Abounds in the U P

Written by MilwVon on 06 Aug, 2013

One of the things I noticed throughout my three day visit to Michigan's Upper Peninsula ("The U P" as it's known), was that almost every town had some sort of museum or historical society exhibit. While several of these museums were on my travel…Read More

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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Written by MilwVon on 06 Aug, 2013

"The ship was the pride of the American sideComing back from some mill in Wisconsin.As the big freighters go, it was bigger than mostWith a crew and good captain well seasoned."Lyrics from the song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot (1976)The Edmund…Read More

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The Politics of Dunes and Trees

Written by callen60 on 14 Nov, 2008

My wife grew up spending summers on the Lake Michigan shore, a place I’ve come to treasure as much as she does. In those first years in the late 1960’s, her family and their neighbors would spend days pulling up the dune grass that seemed…Read More

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Written by callen60 on 14 Nov, 2008

This is one of my favorite places on earth. I first came here for two summers as a young teen camper in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: known to ‘flatlanders’ (one of the kinder monikers for lower peninsula denizens) as the UP, and to natives as ‘da…Read More

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Up North: A Mackinac/UP Overview

Written by callen60 on 11 Dec, 2008

Much of northern Michigan is the midwest’s vacationland, and even the nation’s. Minnesota may have the trademark on ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes’, but the same glaciers made Michigan a strong contender for that title. Mix a gazillion inland lakes with thousands of miles of coast…Read More

Your Friendly UP Guides

Written by callen60 on 14 Nov, 2008

There are no better guides to the UP than Mary and Don Hunt. These lowlanders from Ann Arbor have spent a lifetime exploring Michigan’s northern reaches, and have shared their knowledge and their finds in a comprehensive book, a website, and a handy laminated map/guide…Read More

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