“Get me Jokinen!” Chief of national security barks to his aide, Thomas. “Yes sir, right away! Ah, sir would that be Jarmo, Jukka, Jussi, Jaakko, or Matti?”

Expansive Sky blue Water fresh, deep Laughter echoes across mesmerizing waves Cliffs tower above rocky shores Tranquil coves Freighters move commerce Knowingly aware Power Waves crash Frigid Calm Superior  

Suddenly, a time warp into a land of rugged outcroppings, misty mountains, dense forest, Lake Superior, few people, a sense of sanctuary from noisy city life below the bridge. The roadway mimics this going from the six lanes of I-75 speed to two lanes of slower highway US 2 twisting along the battered shoreline of northern Lake Michigan. Sunlight dances through birch, maple, and White pine trees triggering visions of Menominee and Chippewa Indians, Jesuit priests, trappers, lumber camps, of British expansion, American conquest.

Howling good time

The north and south jetty walls extend about 1000’ into cold, deep freshwater lighthouses at each end guide ships. A sea going freighter lay anchored off shore one mile waiting for whatever such a vessel waits for, motor boats and yachts meander into open waters. The north wall seems to be the most popular with…… Continue reading Howling good time

Forward to the Hinterland, Part 4

Houghton 99 miles, Yeah!  Excitement grows as our destinations Atlantic Mine and The Keweenaw Peninsula are close at hand!  Ten miles west of Marquette is the city of Negaunee (derived from the Ojibwa word nigani which means foremost or leading) founded in 1845 with the discovery of iron ore.  U.S. 41 passes just north of…… Continue reading Forward to the Hinterland, Part 4

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