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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

A Short Detour in the Upper Peninsula

I'm taking a few days off from work this week, so we're hanging out in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. No set schedule, just going with the flow.

Mr. SweetFigs spent the last 2 days trying to get the pontoon boat running, but threw up his hands this morning.

He got the boat towed down to the boat landing, while I drove the truck & trailer down to meet him. It was tough getting the big boat onto the trailer w/o any power while the wind gusted like crazy, but we managed with the help of some ropes and an extra hand from a nice woman who came by to use the landing.

We dropped the boat & trailer off in Watersmeet, Michigan, right across the road from the Watersmeet Township School. You might be familiar with the Watersmeet Nimrods from those ads that ESPN channel ran in 2004. According to this article in the New York Times, the school managed
"to move $80,000 worth of Nimrod gear in about two months, to buyers all over the United States, and attracted interest from some of the biggest sports-apparel companies. Pretty impressive for a high school with 77 students."

After we grabbed a quick lunch in Watersmeet, Mr. SweetFigs suggested we head up the road to the Sturgeon River Gorge Wildernesss, which is part of the Ottawa National Forest. What the heck, we're on vacation.

This is a picture that I took from one of the overlook points. The digital camera was too dinky to capture the scale of the gorge. I'll bet its awesome in the fall. You might just make out a stream of water running from the center of the photo to the right -- the water is sort of a pine needle brown and it might be the Sturgeon River.
Here's a little maple tree, no bigger than the ferns.
After marveling at the old growth trees and deep gorges, we continued on to L'Anse, Michigan, on Lake Superior. Unlike the brownish water in the stream, the lake water was super clear. It was also super cold, but the dog was more than happy to jump in and fetch sticks.

We picked up some smoked fish for dinner, then headed home.

Throughout the drive I was working on my Jaywalker heels, and managed to get 1 done and the other 1/2 done. Pictures to follow.

All in all, our little detour through the U.P. was about 150 miles long.


Blogger Theresa said...

I grew up in Michigan and had several summer vacations in the UP. It's one of those places that I wish it was easier to get to, because there are so many beautiful places things to see in the summertime.

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