“If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.” official state motto of Michigan.We are looking, and like very much what we see here in the Upper Peninsula. Our original plans were to cross the Mackinac Bridge, (painted in green/white, the colors of Michigan State University. Go Spartans!), then head directly to Tahquamenon Falls. We got sidetracked after consulting our Michigan’s Best Campgrounds book, and decided to head for a Bay View Campground, in the Hiawatha National Forest, instead. A wise choice. Can’t imagine having a more perfect campsite. Anywhere. We are perched right on the shore of Lake Superior, in a huge spot. Lots of space separates our fire ring and picnic table from the Fireball. Being a National Forest Service campground, there are only vault toilets, but check this out…The gleaming toilets here have floor mats, not one, but TWO strawberry-scented air freshners. Immaculately clean. John, the Camp Host here for seven years, treats this small campground like his own home. We are privileged to stay here. Our original two night plan evolves into four beautiful days.
The Whitefish Bay National Shoreline is a perfect spot for a bike ride, so we headed east toward the Point Iroquois Light Station, constructed in 1870. There’s a small museum, a terrific volunteer host (who bakes homemade treats for visitors on Saturday). We huffed and puffed our way up to the top of the tower, where we were treated to views of freighters lining up to pass through the Soo Locks. (sidebar…..we were entertained by our Google Navigation on the way north. The Google Lady, as we affectionately call her, referred to Sault Ste Marie (pronounced Soo Saint Marie) as Salt S-T-E Mary). We liked that.
We cycled through Brimley SP, and checked out the Wheels of History railway museum there. You have to love the old lady volunteers in small towns everywhere who keep these places going. There was a spaghetti dinner planned, along with a quilt raffle, and 50/50 drawing. Lots of interesting artifacts and photos of the CCC days. We looked for John’s dad in the photos, as he worked in the UP for a couple of years in a CCC camp, but didn’t see anyone who looked like him at all!
Coffee at the funky Dancing Cranes Coffee Shop in little shopSights along the road that answer the question “What is UP humor?” (The top mailbox says “credit card bills”, the middle says “winter mail”, and the bottom one “summer mail”But what we will carry with us is the fierce beauty that is Lake Superior. Its stark majesty is breathtaking. We are so fortunate to live here.