Downtown Marquette was lively Friday night for the start of the annual U.P. 200 and Midnight Run sled dog races. It was a chilly night, but the dogs certainly didn’t seem to mind. They were animated and full of energy. This was the 24th running of the U.P. 200 and they’ll be going to Grand Marais and back, returning throughout the day on Sunday. It is a 12-dog mid-distance race that is a qualifier for … Read more
We love the Upper Peninsula. We love the Great Lakes. And we love Yoopers! These valentines are for you. They are meant to be shared on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and anywhere your heart desires. Most importantly, make sure the Yoopers in your life know how much you like them, appreciate them, admire them, enjoy them, and love them!
This week the Michigan State University Department of Theatre debuted the play U.P. We might not be great at reviewing plays but we love talking about the Upper Peninsula, so we had to be there. U.P. tells the story of a man disillusioned by his life in Los Angeles. He sets out on a road trip searching for answers and ultimately finds himself in one of America’s only remaining “Outbacks,” the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This production will be … Read more
Recently I came across this poem by Samuel Griswold Goodrich (August 19, 1793 – May 9, 1860). Goodrich was born in Connecticut and became a bookseller and publisher in Hartford. He would later move to the Boston area where he began publishing The Token for fourteen years. He was eventually elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1836 and a member of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1837. He was better known as pseudonym Peter Parley. Under … Read more
This is a guest post from our friend and fellow Yooper Ashley Bovin, she’s from Gladstone and you can follow her on Twitter @ashleyruthless. A couple weekends ago, my friend Sara and I, fellow nostalgia addicts and antique aficionados, spent hours at Lambs’ Gate, an antique store in Old Town, Lansing. We spent more than an hour hunched over a large crate propped up to waist-level that was full of old postcards. We marveled over the … Read more
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to kayak over Tahquamenon Falls? It’s only a 51-foot drop, no big deal, right? Marcelo Galizio came to the U.P. from Brazil with his eyes set on Tahquamenon. He’s made numerous first descents over waterfalls 50 feet and higher. He’s also spent five years as a an experienced guide and spent some time guiding in the Upper Peninsula this summer. In our book, Marcelo is an honorary … Read more
Someone in Lansing really loves the Upper Peninsula. At first sight we saw the heart and wondered, “Oh, it must be Tom Izzo! Right?” However, it looks like the heart is located over Iron River rather than Iron Mountain. They sound close enough, but to those unfamiliar it is a 45 mile drive between the two! Whoever you are, we’ve got some free swag waiting for you. Thanks for loving the Upper Peninsula as much as … Read more
Winter driving has arrived in the Keweenaw. Who has experienced this before? Enjoy!
This is a guest post from our friend and fellow Yooper Ashley Bovin, she’s from Gladstone and you can follow here on Twitter @ashleyruthless. The 18th running of the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR), the “Oldest, Toughest and Meanest Rally on the Rally Circuit,” is happening this Friday and Saturday, October 26th and 27th, 2012. The LSPR is a sanctioned race by Rally America as one of many national and regional rally races. The 2011 LSPR Champions, Adam Yeoman and … Read more
In honor of the Detroit Tigers winning the ALCS and playing in the World Series we wanted to take a look at some MLB players who were born in the Upper Peninsula. There haven’t been many, we were able to find 13 players who were born in the Upper Peninsula, and many of them grew up elsewhere. As you can see four of them were born in before 1900. The most recent player to see … Read more