June 12-17, 2013
“By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water . . . “
Gitche Gumee, Lac Supérieur, Lake Superior . . .
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is full of lore and history, of peculiarities and eccentrics. They have their local foods: pastys, whitefish, wild rice. Local animals: wolf, bear, moose, loon and blackfly. Local legends: shipwrecks, the Voyageurs, Scandinavian settlers, Longfellow’s Hiawatha, and the stories of the Chippewa. And also unbearable winters, terrific storms, waterfalls and beauty. The unexpected richness of this environment endeared the UP to us.
While traveling the Upper Peninsula, we were able to implement our plan for staying several days in one spot and dropping the camper. This allowed one of us to use the truck while the other stayed “home”. Or we could both drive somewhere for a day trip without having to pack everything. Our first long stay was on the north coast of the UP at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
(NOTE: The number of days left on The Big Trip are diminishing rapidly; the end is in sight. I am still far behind on reporting our experiences. Getting fully caught up on the travelogue before I return to Santa Cruz seems unlikely. I have many hand-written notes but finding the time to transcribe and revise them continues to be elusive.
For now, I have decided to offer a few comments and a photo gallery from many of the different spots we have explored. Even this is a big chore but it seems possibly achievable. The hope that I will complete a written account is still alive within me, but the actualization of it may be delayed.)