The Upper Peninsula Fishery: Inland Waters

Where I grew up in Texas, we fished what I call the trifecta: bass, crappie, and catfish. When I thought of recreational angling, that was my universe. However, I found my universe changed drastically when I moved to the Upper Peninsula. In fact, it changed so much, I got dizzy! To demonstrate, I’m going toContinue reading “The Upper Peninsula Fishery: Inland Waters”

Au Sable Point

A few years ago when I first moved to the Upper Peninsula, I was determined to find the Au Sable dunes and the Log Slide. The dunes are enormous, and the Log Slide is the spot where loggers tumbled harvested trees down the dunes to people waiting below. I found the gate leading to theContinue reading “Au Sable Point”

Peninsula Point/Stonington Peninsula

Last week, I posted about Sand Point lighthouse. Just down the road sits another lighthouse, but one that receives far fewer visits. The Stonington Peninsula splits Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc and Big Bay de Noc. If you venture to the very tip of the peninsula, you reach Peninsula Point. Now, this a fairlyContinue reading “Peninsula Point/Stonington Peninsula”

Sand Point Lighthouse

Growing up in the desert, I didn’t pay much attention to lighthouses. I’d only seen them in pictures and assumed they existed solely to guide ocean-going ships. Sure, I remember studying the growth of industry in the United States, but it never occurred to me that any major shipping on inland waters took place outsideContinue reading “Sand Point Lighthouse”

Twelvemile Beach

One of the truly amazing things about Lake Superior is its diversity. You can go to one location and find rocky points jutting out into the lake, then go a few miles down the road and find fine sand beaches. And just about everything in between. On the eastern end of Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreContinue reading “Twelvemile Beach”

Wetmore Landing in Winter

I love all the Great Lakes, but nothing beats the shoreline of Lake Superior. It’s calm and primal at the same time, peaceful and savage. You’ll find alternating cliffs and beaches all along the shore, and you’ll often see cliffs that drop straight down to beaches only accessible from the water. One of the firstContinue reading “Wetmore Landing in Winter”

Garden Peninsula Sunset in Winter

Sometimes you see the most amazing things in the most surprising places. I was on my way back from a trip to Fayette State Park – more on that in a future blog – when I looked to my left and had to stop. The Upper Peninsula is itself a land of peninsulas, and theContinue reading “Garden Peninsula Sunset in Winter”

Spring Break (Special Midweek Update)

Here’s one for all you spring breakers hanging out down on the southern coast somewhere. Yes, it’s spring break time for many schools in the Upper Peninsula. This is when lots of families make an annual pilgrimage to Florida only to see exactly the same people in Florida they do in the UP, just warmer.Continue reading “Spring Break (Special Midweek Update)”

Little Bay de Noc in Early Spring

I suppose all indications are that we’re in for an early spring in the Upper Peninsula. That’s relative this far north, however. For us, an early spring means temperatures are creeping into the 40 degree range and snow is melting off faster than usual, not that grass and leaves are sprouting. Still, all this warmingContinue reading “Little Bay de Noc in Early Spring”