Wildflowers on Mackinac Island

Wild Bloomers on Mackinac Island

Jul 27, 2014 | Leave a comment

Have you been to Mackinac Island?  If so, did you venture beyond the fudge shops and beaches to the untamed interior?  As a lover of all things that bloom, I felt like I was in paradise once I made it to the island’s internal trails. If you’re into wildflowers too, you may know that timing dictates the species.  I visited in early June this summer, so the initial bloomers were popping up all over.  Colorful … Read more

2013 Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament

The Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament

Jul 6, 2014 | Leave a comment

Every 4th of July  people gather on the south side of Mackinac Island at Windermere Point for the annual Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament.  A few hundred people assemble, building up the noon tournament of stone skipping professionals. For the amateur division, anyone can enter for just $5, with proceeds going to the Mackinac Island Hospice. Each contestant can pick a selection of six stones from the beach or opt to bring their own, as the professionals do. … Read more

Upper Peninsula Road Trip

July 4th Road Tripping

Jul 6, 2014 | Leave a comment

Miles Drive Time Total Time 648.4 12.53 hrs 53 hrs One requirement for being an Ambassador of the Upper Peninsula is whirlwind road trips across the U.P. Road tripping is nothing new to me, and a proper road trip includes a number of my road tripping guidelines. Some of those guidelines include, but are not limited to: Listening to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” with the windows down and the volume up Spontaneity, such as … Read more

Upper Peninsula Auroras

Chasing Auroras in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Jun 29, 2014 | Leave a comment

Have you seen the Northern Lights dancing across the starry skies? The U.P. offers a good opportunity for viewing Auroras. I want to share some tips for successful Aurora chasing. Step 1: Kp Numbers The Kp number refers to the strength of the Auroras. Auroras with Kp 5 and higher are considered storm level and can be seen farther south. Use the map below (from NOAA.gov) to find the Kp number needed for your area. … Read more

MLB players

Yoopers in Major League Baseball

Jun 25, 2014 | Leave a comment

The the grand schemed of all the MLB players there haven’t been many who grew up in the Upper Peninsula. However, there have been fourteen MLB players born or raised in the Upper Peninsula, and that’s pretty impressive! Especially considering how short summers can be. As you can see four of them were born in before 1900. The most recent player to see MLB action is Mike Bordick who played 102 games with the Toronto Blue … Read more

Lake Medora Kitesurfing

Kiteboarding: Catching On and Catching Air in the Keweenaw

May 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

Kiteboarding is making its way to the Keweenaw Peninsula and Lake Superior.  Off the shores of McLain State Park in Hancock, to Keystone Bay near Copper Harbor, kitesurfing and kiteboarding are on a roll. This past winter, the locals in Copper Harbor hosted their first annual Superior Gales Kitefest, held the first weekend of spring.  About a dozen enthusiastic kiters came from Michigan and Wisconsin to shred the frozen, snow-covered lakes. To execute this kiting … Read more

UP North

“Up North” by Suzanne Kindler

May 2, 2014 | Leave a comment

Our friend Stephanie sent us this delightful little poem by Suzanne Kindler, which was penned in 1996 from what we could find. But we couldn’t find much else about Suzanne. If you know more about Suzanne Kindler we would love to find more information on her and the roots of this poem. Now, go escape to the pine trees. Up North It’s the place people go to escape, a place made of cabins, pine trees … Read more

Define Yooper

‘Yooper’ added to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

Mar 25, 2014 | Leave a comment

It’s official, the word Yooper will now appear in the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. The news was announced on Monday, March 24. We owe a big thanks and about 67 pasties (call us Steve!) to Steve Parks of Gladstone. For ten years he has been campaigning to have Yooper added to the dictionary after a discussion that ensued while playing Yooper during a friendly game of Scrabble. Success! Steve will join a cast of people who have … Read more

Yooper Dialect

Yooper and the Upper Peninsula on Jeopardy

Mar 11, 2014 | Leave a comment

The Upper Peninsula is so frequently left off maps that when our demonym, Yooper, shows up on Jeopardy, it’s a pretty big deal. dem·o·nym : the name used for the people who live in a particular country, state, or other locality Coincidentally, the definition example on dictionary.com mentions Michigander and Michiganian, but they don’t mention Yooper. Most demonyms are reserved for states and countries as a whole. Few demonyms exist for smaller defined regions like the Upper Peninsula. Outside of … Read more

Lake Superior Satellite Photo

MODIS, Satellites, and the Frozen Great Lakes

Mar 5, 2014 | Leave a comment

Do you ever wonder where all these awesome satellite images of the frozen Great Lakes come from and where to access them?  With Lake Superior and the Great Lakes set to reach record levels of ice cover this winter, there has been an abundance of satellite images passed around on news and social media sites. However, there hasn’t been much information on where these impressive images came from. Our curiosity piqued and we set out … Read more

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