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Oct 1, 2016 - Da Yoopers

Marquette, MI We started the day with a Farmer's Market and were delighted to be entertained by an elderly group of ukulele players. There were quite a few booths of produce and crafts which we browsed while being serenaded. Then we dropped in at Da Yoopers Tourist Trap. It is quite a place. The term "Yooper" is slang for residents of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the use of "da" instead of "the" is typical of the Yooper dialect. Da Yoopers Tourist Trap has a gift shop and a small "museum" of artifacts -- but the best attractions are...

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Up in Door

Sep 30, 2016 - Thomas Rock

Marquette, MI Today we went nowhere which took us 64 miles to do. We drove a big loop starting with the Presque Isle Park. “Presque Isle” means almost an island. This is a well-used city park that has pebble beaches, rocky cliffs, bogs, and forest. We were intrigued by two rocky islands called Picnic Rocks. How does one reach these sites in order to have a picnic? It was too deep and cold to wade across the water and there was no bridge. From there we followed country roads, some paved and some not, looking for the beautiful colors of fall....

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Up in Door

Sep 29, 2016 - Canyon Falls

Marquette, MI Today was moving day. We were sad to leave our cute little cottage but ready for more adventures. It took us most of the day to go 116 miles. We skirted the shores of Lake Superior and came upon the Bishop Baraga Shrine. Frederick Baraga was called "The Apostle of the Ottawas and Chippewas." Father Baraga came to the Upper Peninsula in the early 1800s and converted many Indians to Catholicism. He was also known as the Snowshoe Priest because he traveled many miles via snowshoe to get to the Indian people whom he served. To...

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Aug 10, 2016 - Sugarloaf Mt. and Lakenenland

Tues., Aug. 9th – Today was a laundry, Walmart, RV and truck repairs day. Wed., Aug. 10th – The morning was overcast, but we made our way up Sugarloaf Mt. It’s a very long uphill combination of wooden steps and a well traveled dirt path. Despite the gray skies, the 360* views from the summit were spectacular. We drove down the road to Little Presque Isle where we hiked in to the water’s edge for lunch. Our day of exploring then took us to Lakenenland…a drive along a dirt road lined with a wild assortment of unusual metal sculptures. We...

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Aug 8, 2016 - Munising and Marquette

Our next stop was Munising where we boarded a catamaran for a cruise around the colored cliffs of Pictured Rocks. The photos hardly do justice to the natural beauty of the rock formations. We traveled on to Marquette, the largest city of the UP. Our evening walk was a 2 mile hike through the forested Presque Isle Park just down the road from our campground. We were passed by 4 young adults. One of the ladies was carrying a small bouquet of flowers. Carla said, “You don’t suppose they’re getting married up here?” Sure enough, they had a 5...

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Jun 28, 2016 - Marquette, Michigan

We left Copper Harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the rain. As a front passed the rain let up. We made our way along a twisting road that hugs the Lake Superior shoreline. I decided on that route because it would be brighter. The road that we came on goes through heavy woods that on a dreary day would make it a dull ride. Our top speed was 30 mph. After about an hour we left the peninsula, passed by the twin cities of Hancock and Houghton, and then drove the next two hours to Marquette, the largest city in the Upper Peninsula. This city of...

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Jun 22, 2016 - Didn't get too far

We had the very best day ever yesterday at Mackinac Island. What a beautiful area. The old heritage homes are kept immaculate and many of them are 200 or more years old and have been restored to nearly the original appearance. the gardens and flower boxes along the fences and the porches are so nice that I had to take lots of pics so I will have some ideas for next summer.The ferry ride over was great. We sat outside and it was a bit cold but it went under the mackinaw bridge so that was exciting for me. We walked up to the Grand Hotel. It...

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Frank and Joyce 2016

Aug 27, 2015 - Marquette, Michigan

Well, we have had enough of poor to no WiFi and we are back in the good ole USA, so, we are going to temporarily discontinue this travel blog. We will be in Dorchester, Wisconsin for about a month so we can attend a wedding in Pattie's family. After that, we will make a few side trips on our way back to Texas. We should be there by early November. Thanks for following along with us on our adventure through the Canadian Atlantic Provinces. We wish we could have sent as many photos as we wanted to, but as mentioned, WiFi in Canada leaves a...

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Aug 9, 2015 - Marquette, MI

Sun, 09 Aug: East of Marquette Michigan Today's drive was an easy 84 miles from a casino east of Manistique to a casino east of Marquette. The difference is that the first casino was near the Lake Michigan shore while our present location is near the Lake Superior shore. In short, we moved from the southern shore of the Upper Peninsula to the northern shore. We got things ready and rolled our wheels a bit after 0830. Sandi was at the helm and headed west on US 2 to Manistique where we took Michigan 94 north thru town and then north. It was...

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Aug 8, 2014 - Marquette, MI - Lakenenland & Superior Dome

(Ron Writing) Yesterday we stayed home all day to relax, work on the blog and do some other work around home. The other reason to spend a day here was to await the arrival of our mail at the Munising post office. We also found time for a couple games of Skip-Bo, which we both enjoy. This morning we picked up our mail and then headed west on M-28. A little east of Marquette, MI we stopped to tour Lakenenland Sculpture Park. This is a private, no-fee park created by a welder who uses scrap metal to create all sorts of sculptures. We expected...

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Sep 10, 2013 - Day 1 - Gladwin, MI to Van Riper State Park)

After a wonderful weekend celebrating friendship and music at the Wheatland Music Festival, followed on Monday by a great meal of Frogmore Stew served by Jeff and Judy Baczynski, we finally began our trip. By the way, our "stew" consisted of lobster tails, shrimp, sausage and potatoes. Oh yummy.... We left Gladwin at about 11:30 am on Tuesday. It was hot and humid when we left but just kept getting cooler as we headed north. We stopped in Munising to get pasties for dinner at Muldoons--voted #1 in the UP for their pasties. I have to admit...

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Jul 12, 2013 - Superior Beach Day

Well, we decided to stay one more day at Gitche Gumee campground and spend a day on the beach which is across the road from our site. We had a nice morning enjoying the sun and cool weather. We ventured out to see Presque Isle Point State Park. We remembered last year there was a wonderful state park on Lake Erie by the same name and we were curious if it would be similar. It was nice with some great views of the lake, but not nearly as nice as the one on Lake Erie. We spent the afternoon at the beach, but Lake Superior was a little too...

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