Wandering Through The UP

Most of the license plates I see in campgrounds here are Michigan plates, but if people are touring their own state, that’s not a bad thing.  It’s a beautiful place to see and there are lots of young families out here.  These are not the kids that will end up as gang members, high school drop outs, or prison inmates.  I mean…for the most part.  There is such a need to get underprivileged kids out into nature.  Nature and wildness are such healers….menders of broken lives, hearts and minds.

Henry David Thoreau said “In wildness is the preservation of the world”.  I might add, and everything in the world, including humans.  Come to think of it, I’m thinking a good number of  our political leaders could use a long hike in the mountains as well.

Anyway…our wanderings take us from Newberry, to Paradise at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Rivermouth Campground, to a campground called Michihistrigan near Gould City, to Ishpeming, with a stop in Marquette too.  Now we will be moving on to the Keweenaw, a Peninsula of a peninsula.

It has been beautiful, flower filled, and relaxing for the most part.  I’m beginning to plan out some autumn adventures now.

Here are some pictures from over the past week or so:




Point Iroquois Light Station.


Some of the 72 steps inside that I climb!  Almost straight up…which of course, lighthouses are….


View from the top.


Some old fashioned Hollyhocks are planted here.


Our campsite at Michihistrigan Campground.  Only a few campers here, and lots of open space for the dogs to run….


And sniff….IMG_5529

And roll…


And run some more….!



You know travel plans are getting serious when the picnic table looks like this…


Heading to the Keweenaw now!

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5 Responses to Wandering Through The UP

  1. dawnkinster says:

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying the UP! And the Keweenaw! I lived there for 6 years in the early 80’s. LOVE LOVE LOVE it there. Enjoy! Love the Pt Iroquois lighthouse too. We were there about 3 years ago, such a lovely setting. And now I have another campground up there to add to my list of potential places to stay.

    • Hi Dawn, I’m in a really remote place up here with very iffy reception. Actually surprised I can get on the campground wifi . Couldn’t earlier. Yes beautiful up here on the Keweenaw so far. Beautiful sunset over Gitche Gumee tonight. I plan to do some exploring tomorrow!

  2. Patty says:

    Love the table look!

  3. Hi Micky, I’m behind, but this looked like an amazing campground!! And the kids are obviously enjoying it too. I have many fond memories of camping and snowmobiling in the UP. You know, I just find it hard to understand that there are SO many people that just don’t know how healing nature is…to every part of our being. Glad to see you are planning, and anxious to hear about those plans.
    Stay safe and happy, my friend!!

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