Yoop! We love the U.P.!

Gorgeous country, legendary trees and clean air, wide expanses of nature, and only an occasional horde of sand flies. It’s spectacular up here!

True confession: we’re not really “doing” the UP, the way we intend to do the National Parks. We have only one night at each stop while motoring across the UP and Wisconsin on the way to the grandkids. That, we’ve learned, is wholly insufficient time to actually see much of the area. Making camp, walking the dog, making meals, cleaning up and planning for the next day takes four(!) hours out of each day, and we drive another four hours. So from now on, when there is no strict deadline, we’ll only do a one-nighter as a rare exception. And have time for hikes.

Stayed in Tahquamenon River Mouth Campground last night, Munising City RV park tonight, Hancock City Park tomorrow night. Stopped at Whitefish Point in between, and Brown’s Fisheries in Paradise for midday dinner. Arrived 15 min after it opened for the day, and the place was JAMMED.

Did you ever notice how spruce trees grow differently up here? Take a look…it’s one of many ways you know you’re in the true North! They are r-e-a-c-h-i-n-g for the sun. I love it.

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Munising is a charming town, larger than I remember some 40 years ago(!) and quite the tourist-pleasing place, as is Newberry. Tahquamenon Falls are just as tannic and bubbly as always (we’re told Tahquamenon means “shortcut”, probably in the Ojibwa or Menominee language, but that is disputed). The fresh whitefish on offer up here is splendid, and we picked up wild blueberries to nosh on in the morning.  Heading into the hill country of the UP from here on, and it will be big fun to actually see what the tectonic activity of eons ago worked in the landscape.

We’ll be back. Loads to see here.

Whitefish Point, looking like the top of the world!
Whitefish Point, looking like the top of the world!
Beach heather dominates here. Takes the place of beach grass in holding the sand.
Woolly beach heather dominates here. Takes the place of beach grass in holding the sand.
At least 10 Coast Guard Buildings at Whitefish Point. In spotless condition.
At least 10 Coast Guard Buildings at Whitefish Point. In spotless condition.
Lower Tahquamenon Falls. How well we remember you from childhood!
Lower Tahquamenon Falls. How well we remember you from childhood!
Another view of the Lower Falls. No wonder the Indians loved them.
Another view of the Lower Falls. No wonder the Indians loved them.
Our view of the Pictured Rocks, high above Munising perched on a glacial moraine.
Our view of the Pictured Rocks, high above Munising perched on a glacial moraine.
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