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Aug 25, 2016 - Porcupine Copper

The Porcupine Mountains, or Porkies, are a group of small mountains spanning the northwestern Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties, near the shore of Lake Superior. The area is part of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The Porcupine Mountains were named by the native Ojibwa people, supposedly because their silhouette had the shape of a porcupine. The Porcupine Mountains were the site of copper mining in the 19th century. One of these mines is the Nonesuch Mine, which operated sporadically from 1867 to...

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Aug 15, 2016 - Presque Isle River and Waterfalls

It was almost a 30 mi. drive to the waterfalls of Presque Isle, but so worth the trip. This was our 2nd Presque Isle, so I learned from the park ranger “Presque” means “almost an island”. Hiking through the woods and along the wooden boardwalk of Presque River was so very serene…it was difficult to capture in photos the magnificent views of the rushing rapids and multi-layered rocky waterfalls. After picnicking in the park, we returned to our campground for a quick rest before setting off for Ontonagon. Our evening meal was spent at the...

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Jun 22, 2016 - Presque Isle River Area

There are three main scenic areas in Porcupine State Park. We went to one of the areas, the Lake of the Clouds yesterday. Today we went to the other two, the Presque Isle River area in the morning and Summit Peak, the highest point in the park, in the afternoon. I read that this area gets over 300 inches of snow every winter. It seems the snow melt is still causing the Presque Isle River to rage. It was flowing fast and furiously. We walked on boardwalks and up and down stairs along the river and saw rapids and three waterfalls. The walk...

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Jun 22, 2016 - Summit Peak Hike

After lunch we drove to the Summit Peak area, the highest point in the park. We parked the car, deciding Penny could go with us. We could have left her in the car because it was cool enough, but she really wanted to go along. The morning had been a fantastic fun time for her and she was raring to do some more exploring. We like to borrow a phrase from Warren Buffett who used it to refer to investors in the 1990s and apply it to Penny. She displays “irrational exuberance.” That's quite a stretch, I know, but it sure seems right when...

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Jun 21, 2016 - Hello Michigan

It felt good to arrive in Michigan where we will spend the next seven weeks of summer. The weather today was so nice. It was also good to return to Eastern Daylight Savings Time, just because that's what I live in! Our destination talong Lake Superior today was Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (the Porkies for short). I bet you didn't know there are mountains in Michigan. I certainly didn't. They are not very high, but I guess they qualify! The Ojibwe Indians named them after porcupines because of their shape. The campground we are...

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Aug 7, 2012 - Porcupine Mountains State Park MI

It’s a long drive from the Gunflint Trail to Porcupine Mountains State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan-316 miles. But in Wisconsin we picked up Route 2 again. It felt like home. And we saw some very interesting sights. Once set up, we drove to the Visitors Center which has a very good display of mounted animals and birds native to the Porcupine Mountains, including a rare goshawk, a medium large bird of prey. After that we drove to the parking area and hiked to the beautiful Lake of the Clouds situated between two ridges. The next...

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Jul 16, 2012 - Porcupine Mountain, MI

Today was a road trip to The Porkies. The Porcupine Mountains is in the remote northwest corner of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The area is 60,000 acres of old-growth hardwood and hemlock forest. It is Michigans largest state park. The drive is along the shore of Lake Superior for a short distance and then you are surrounded by forest. We stopped at a small marker along side the road which marked an old mine shaft that was housing bats. We walked into it but not far. It was dark and damp. There are three main areas to cover. The Lake of the...

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Jul 11, 2011 - NPS Senior!

July 11, 2011 Morning. Happy Birthday to me. I am now eligible for my own Golden Access Pass from the Park Service. Yea!!! We are in the Union Bay campground of the Porkies. We arrived around 6:30 last evening. We came to this campground because it is the only one in the Porkies that has RV hookups, although the ‘hookups’ is only electricity. In the scheme of things, if I have to choose between electric, water, and sewer, I will always choose electric. It hit 94 degrees yesterday (after all the really cool weather we had earlier), and was...

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Oct 2, 2009 - Porcupine Mountains

I was told by many people to be sure to check out this area while in the UP of Michigan. It is a wilderness forest containing the last virgin stand of Eastern Hemlock trees that can live 300 to 500 years. Maples, Aspens, Birches, Elms, Pines and Oaks also abound. I spent 3 days here - cool, cloudy most of the time, with rain the last day. Fall has arrived! The Porcupine Mountains, called “The Porkies” by locals, was named because the hilltops looked like hunched porcupines to the Ojibwa Indians who resided here first. The modern campground,...

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Sep 12, 2006 - Porcupine Mountains, MI

Travelled south-west to the Porcupine Mountains (otherwise known as the Porkies). Drove out to the Lake of the Clouds, a gorgeous mountain lake in the Big Carp river valley. Camped at a rustic campground on a Lake Superior beach. One of the best spot's we've camped in and definitely the best sunset. Before moving on the next day we hiked up Summit Peak in the park for a panoramic view of the fall foliage of the mountains.

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Aug 6, 2005 - Into the "Yooper"

August 3 - Ontonagon, Michigan was our first camping stop in the Upper Peninsula. We ventured into this community along the shores of Lake Superior in hopes of finding a campsite along the beach. They had a community park and we were able to get a site fairly near the shoreline at a very reasonable $10/night. We opted to stay two nights and to take the Jeep to explore north all the way to Copper Harbor. Copper Harbor was about an hour and a half north of Ontonogon. The drive up was okay and Copper Harbor was an interesting little community,...

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