September 1 to 9, 2009 - Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan

We left Ashland, Wisconsin and headed into Michigan on September 1st.  We took a new route and headed into the northern part of the UP (Upper Peninsula) to Houghton, where we hoped to camp at the city park with friends.  The sign out front said "no vacancy" so we went across the bridge to Hancock and found a nice 50AMP electric site at Hancock's city campground.  It was a 151 mile drive.

The campsite is huge.

We have a view through the front window of the river.  (Plus there are birds and squirrels to keep Evita entertained).

We contacted Jim and Sue, who were staying at the Houghton City Park and went over to visit since they were leaving the next morning.  We had last seen them at a short meeting in Canada in 2006.

We learned from them that the city park was not full, only the camp hosts do not always take down the "no vacancy" sign.  Oh well.

We had a good visit and took two group photos. 

This one without flash.

This one with flash. 

The colors are better with flash. 

We also learned that we will all be close by each other this winter in Florida so we will be sure to get together then.

Some views from our campground the next morning.

September 2nd Day Trip to Copper Harbor, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

September 3rd we drove 92 miles to Country Village RV Park in Ishpeming to hang out for the holiday weekend.  Our campsite was again huge:

With a creek behind us:

The view from the creek edge:

September 4th we took a loop drive through Iron Mountain and Escanaba

September 6th Munising Lions Club Rubber Ducky Race, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

We had meals at Swedish Pantry in Escanaba, Culver's in Marquette and Jasper Ridge Brewery in Ishpeming during our stay.

September 8th we headed east.  This was our lunch spot:

Nice view of Lake Superior:

After 184 miles we snagged the last spot at the Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Elks lodge.

There are only four campsites since to have more they would have to put in a set of rest rooms and other facilities.

What a nice view:

That evening's meal in the Elks lodge was broasted chicken, which we enjoyed eating on the lodge deck while visiting with the locals.

Photos and a video of our busy September 9th in both the Michigan and Ontario cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Part 1, Part 2

We could definitely spend more time here.

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