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Michigan sights

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I’m sifting through images from our recent road trip around Lake Superior.
There are so many places I didn’t show you, that didn’t happen to fit into the particular story I was sharing on the blog.

How about I show you a few of the pretty things we saw on the first part of the trip, in the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan – I’ll show you Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada soon!

There’s a town in the UP called Christmas. When I lived in the UP in the early 80s there wasn’t much in Christmas except a post office that was busy during the end of year holiday season as people wanted their cards postmarked from Christmas, Michigan.

Santa stands under stormy skies hawking his casino.

In August when we drove through Christmas on our way to somewhere else we were amazed to see that apparently Santa has sold out.

We stopped in Munising for a night. You saw the waterfalls we saw there, but you didn’t get to see the sunset over Munising Bay. It started out kind of slow.

Lots of clouds but not much color action.

I got bored with the clouds and started messing with camera settings, not paying attention to the sky. But a quacking duck flew by and I glanced up. And gasped, as the sun was touching the top of the hills across the bay.

Those hills are on fire!

Eventually the sun died and the sky turned pink. We didn’t leave until the sky was black.

It turned into a colorful evening after all.

And on another evening we watched the sun set over Lake Superior. It didn’t turn out to be much, but it was fun to watch people playing in the waves.

A warm summer day at the beach comes to an end.

There’s a ‘covered road’ near where I used to live. I’d forgotten all about it, but while we were exploring I saw a sign pointing the way, so we turned right and I’m so glad we did. I remember this being stunning in the fall.

Miles of tree lined road with sun filtering down.

When we came out the other side of the covered road my husband caught, out of the corner of his eye, a huge metal dam. Well of course we had to stop and explore.

Lots of metal angles made for photography fun.

And speaking of exploring, when I lived in Hancock I often passed the Quincy Mine buildings, abandoned and falling apart. Now they’ve been restored and the site offers tours.

I always thought this building was beautiful.

Of course we went.

This huge hoist has been sitting inside the building for more than a century.

I’m so glad we did, it was fascinating and nostalgic, all at the same time.

So much history here.

We were driving across the UP one morning when I noticed a commotion up ahead in the ditch. Several large birds lifted off as we approached, and I caught the spread of a huge white tail. They were all bald eagles!

They were just amazing.

They flew up into the trees there, and we turned around to see what was happening. While I was changing to the long lens most of them flew away. The light was bad, my settings, in my haste, were wrong, but I got a few shots, mostly bad, from which I could crop a few images.

He was looking at me, I swear!

And just before we left Michigan we stopped at Lake of the Clouds in the western part of the UP.

You can see the scale by the size of the people in the upper left part of this image.

This lake never fails to delight, no matter the season.

You can click on any of the images to make them larger and to see more detail. Of course on those eagle crops the detail is already lost, but I couldn’t help but share that experience regardless of the quality of the pictures.

Soon I’ll show you a little of Ashland Wisconsin and Duluth Minnesota and Thunder Bay Canada. And maybe more!

More history awaits.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

29 thoughts on “Michigan sights

  1. Nice! Travelogues are so fun. I look forward to the rest of this journey.

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  2. Beautiful photos, Dawn. The sunset, the eagle and the industrial….I love all that metal! And yes, that eagle was most definitely looking at you. Look at that wing span!

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  3. Beautiful shots – it always seems to be cloudy by the lake when I’ve been there. The colors you captured in all the photos are pleasing to the eye, nice job! I like the eagle shots – they are impressive birds to watch in flight, way to catch a few shots!

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  4. As always, your photos are beautiful!
    I have a fantasy of doing a big trip based solely on interesting place names — Hell, Michigan, Hot Coffee Mississippi, Mosquitoville, Vermont, etc. I have now added Christmas, Michigan to my list! 🙂

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    • I live very near Hell, Michigan. If you get up here let me know! There’s not much to see there, but I could take you to places nearby that you’d enjoy. There’s a road race in Hell every August that I’ve run twice…the shirts say “I’ve run through Hell.”

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  5. A lovely variety of photos!

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  6. Great shots!!! I might be out that way next year if I go West as I always cross at Sault St Marie.

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  7. I love, love, love old industrial buildings. Wish I could live in one. I’m glad they restored the old mining building.

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  8. Bald eagles! For some reason I thought they were out west only. How cool.

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  9. It’s so exciting to share what you saw on your trip! Love those eagles and all that history; and I’m eager to see more. Bring ’em on!!

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  10. Marvelous Michigan moments

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  11. LOVE the beach and the “miles of trees” the best!

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  12. those bald eagle pictures are pawsome. wow!

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  13. We didn’t get over the Bridge this year, Dawn, so thank you for sharing your trip. I look forward to the rest of it!

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