Forward to the Hinterland, Part 1

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan my hometown and the jumping off point for the Pykonen Family (there are six of us:  Mom and Dad, Sister Linda, Brothers David and Tad and myself) vacations to visit Dad’s relatives each August from 1959 through 1974 to the Copper Country on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Incorporated…… Continue reading Forward to the Hinterland, Part 1

hockey, eh?

anyone out there watching the final days of the season particularly in the west? if minnesota looses saturday is going to be very exciting for detroit (go wings!), minnesota, and columbus not to mention the highs and lows for those fans following. who will win?

Tempestuous Weather

Some time ago, I received a letter from my father containing an article about a violent storm that descended on metropolitan Detroit causing major flooding and destruction with pictures of downed trees, power lines, and damaged homes; the hometown St. Clair Shores escaped major destruction.  As I read memories of Midwest weather surfaced:  tornadoes, thunderstorms…… Continue reading Tempestuous Weather

BEACHES

 “Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” — Michelle Held   My first beach experience occurred in the summer of 1959 at the age of one at McClain State Park on the Keweenaw Peninsula (known as the Copper Country) of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula while visiting relatives during the…… Continue reading BEACHES

Finn Camp

My one-year vacation at home in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, near Detroit, was winding down and I wanted to visit my Brother Tad who lived in Wixom, Michigan located near the Detroit Finnish Co-Operative Summer Camp Association (D.F.C.S.C.A.) one hour to the west.  You see the Pykonen family spent 10 summers at the D.F.C.S.C.A. between 1965…… Continue reading Finn Camp

The Finn Camp

My one-year vacation at home in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, near Detroit, was winding down and I wanted to visit my Brother Tad who lived in Wixom, Michigan located near the Detroit Finnish Co-Operative Summer Camp Association (D.F.C.S.C.A.) one hour to the west.  You see the Pykonen family spent 10 summers at the D.F.C.S.C.A. between…… Continue reading The Finn Camp

Journey into Unfamiliar Territory

 With all the traveling I’ve been doing of late on the internet:  East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, Canada, Central America, Australia, England, etc. a different form of traveling comes to mind a type experienced between 1991 and 1995 when I rode the rails.  I did this not once, not twice, but thrice from Ventura, California…… Continue reading Journey into Unfamiliar Territory