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Aug 13, 2018 - "I've seen it raining fire in the sky."

August 11-13 was the peak of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. The Perseids are a meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to come from (called the radiant) is in the constellation Perseus. I drove down the coast to a small roadside park, Hebert Park, along the Lake Superior shore. Somebody had left a wooden rocking chair next to a shelter with benches so you could look out over the rocky shoreline and enjoy the view during the day. This is the first...

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Aug 7, 2018 - Keweenaw Peninsula

We left the Munsing area on Tuesday (August 7) and drove to the Keweenaw Peninsula. The route was along M-28 and then US 41 from Marquette, MI to Copper Harbor. US 41 is a highway we've traveled before but mostly in the south in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. It extends some 2,000 miles from Miami to Copper Harbor, MI, our destination, where it ends in a cul-de-sac just past Fort Wilkins Historic State Park. Fort Wilkins preserves the restored 1844 army military outpost. The Keweenaw Peninsula is Michigan's Copper Country. It's the...

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Aug 13, 2016 - Copper Harbor

Sat., Aug. 13th – Today we packed a picnic lunch, donned our raincoats, and set off for Copper Harbor. Our first stop was in the village of Calumet, formerly named Red Jacket. In the late 1800s, this was a bustling copper mining town. During the Great Depression, the last of the mines were shut down and people began to exit the area. We drove up and down the residential streets of deserted and run-down homes and through the historic downtown mostly filled with abandoned storefronts of years gone by…a rather sad but interesting place to...

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Jun 26, 2016 - After the Storm - A Quiet Morning

We woke up and it was nice and bright outside. The rain had come and gone without making a lot of noise to disturb our sleep which can happen in an RV. The next few days will be dry. We had thought about leaving early but decided against it as we have a reserved campsite here until Monday. We planned several things to do in the morning. I think we’re getting use to the slower pace and quiet of the area. Our first stop on our morning drive was to the Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary which is three miles outside of town on a dirt road....

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Jun 25, 2016 - Fort Wilkins State Park and Stormy Weather

It feels like we are at an outpost of civilization way up north in the UP of Michigan, no cell phone service, internet or tv. I did listen to news on a PBS radio station last night to hear a news report about the British vote to leave the European Union. It’s hard to understand all the pros and cons of this decision from so far away. The report did tell how the U.S. Stock Market plunged yesterday so that affects our retirement nest egg. We’ve been through enough to know that the market can be very emotional at times. It will come back,...

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Jun 24, 2016 - Copper Harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula

We are at the northernmost point of our summer trip. We followed US Route 41 to its very northern end on the Keweenaw Peninsula that juts out into Lake Superior. US 41 is very much a part of our lives in Sarasota where it is a bustling multi-lane highway that is called Tamiami Trail when it goes through Sarasota on its way to Miami. We are in the tiny village of Copper Harbor, population about 100. To get here we drove the last 30 miles on a twisting narrow two lane road that was also US 41.Fortunately, as we drove our large class A...

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Aug 3, 2015 - Michigan's Western UP (Copper Harbor Area)

We became Yoopers for a bit - people of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The Keweenaw Peninsula immersed us in what might be the best of Michigan. In the month of August, when much of the country was sweating out 100 degree temps, we enjoyed highs in the 60s and 70s and lows in the 40s. And what a spectacular place (this time of year). First we went to the north end of the peninsula, Copper Harbor. This small town (with an excellent brewery!) juts right out into Lake Superior. Gorgeous views, spectacular sunsets (which we saw from the lake on an...

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Jul 14, 2014 - Keweenaw Peninsula and More Ishpeming

We took a day trip to the Keweenaw Peninsula, passing through Eagle Harbor, and had lunch at Cooper Harbor on the tip. The drive is very scenic passing through several small towns and hugging the Lake Superior coastline. On the peninsula, a marker at a roadside park indicates that the area has a tad more than a dusting of snow each year – in 1978-79 the record was set with 390.4” of snow. Copper was discovered in this area in 1843 and spurred the first mineral rush in the country. The copper boom lasted until 1968 when all but one mine had...

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Aug 20, 2013 - roughing it

If the Upper Peninsula is off the beaten track, Copper Harbor at the end of the Keweenau Peninsula, is as remote as you can get in Michigan by car. CH and the other little burgs along Highway 41 must have been much more consequential during the late 1800/early 1900’s, when 95,000 people were here sucking copper out of the ground. Large churches and government buildings, long past their prime, hint at the days when big bucks were here to be made. But it’s pretty much all gone now and what’s left is thick forest, secluded coves, and...

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Jul 26, 2013 - Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor is wedged between Lake Superior and Lake Fanny HooE and is, if nothing else, remote. Truly at land's end, it served the copper prospectors who came in the 1880's and the military who built Fort Wilkins to keep peace between the miners and Native Americans. Nowadays, it's a vacation spot for kayakers, canoers, boaters and outdoor enthusiasts. There is no cell phone service here and efforts to erect a tower are opposed by nature lovers who fear a tower would affect the wildlife migration. The weather was just horrible so we had...

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Aug 31, 2012 - Keweenaw Peninsula

Houghton is on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the northernmost part of the upper peninsula. It is surrounded by Lake Superior so fairly cool. And, on warmer days all you have to do to cool down is to go to the coast that has wind coming off of the lake and it is suddenly cold. Today was warmer so we drove up the peninsula and found cooler temperatures. We visited Red Jacket Brewing to say hi to the people Rick brewed with last year. On the way further north to Copper Harbor, we drove the Brockway Mountain road for great views along the coast. I...

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Summer 2012

Jul 18, 2012 - Copper Harbor, MI

We took off for a day of exploring the Kenweenaw County area. We are camped on the Kenweenaw Bay so we headed North along Lake Superior to make a circle of the Peninsula. This takes you along the Portage Lake Waterway and inland toward the towns of Hancock and Houghton. The Portage Lake Waterway was vital to this area at the height of the copper mining operations of the 1870's. The area was full of copper and had a 'copper rush' much like the gold rush of Alaska. The sister towns of Hancock and Houghton grew our of the copper rush....

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