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Sharing the Upper Peninsula in Washington, D.C.

This week I headed to Washington D.C. as part of my quest to have a beer with Richard Branson.  One of the biggest inspirations for Yooper Steez was telling everyone about the Upper Peninsula and the Great Lakes while on my 50-state road trip.  I still love to share it with people everywhere I go.  So before heading out I thought I’d update the Yooper Steez Facebook Page

“I’ll be spreading my Upper Peninsula love and knowledge in the Washington D.C. this week :-) What should I tell them about the U.P.?”

I was impressed to see 40+ comments and thought they really provided a lot of great insight to what people think about the Upper Peninsula.

I wanted to share them with all the Yooper Steez readers in case you didn’t see them on the Facebook Page.  Feel free to add to the comments on Facebook or add one here.

And thanks for all the comments and likes on the Facebook page, keep them coming and feel free to share the Facebook Page with others.

  • April Riutta-Schoeninger
    Oh my gosh. You should tell them that the people in the U.P. are unique and wonderful people! And to quit forgetting that they are there!
  • Jenifer Brady
    Tell them that we don’t have outhouses. My best friend went to college downstate, and when anyone found out she was from the UP, they’d ask her if she had an outhouse. At first she thought they were just joking, but it turned out that they were serious. :) And tell them we aren’t part of Canada!
  • Kit Carlson
    That it’s only a two-day drive, and to stop and spend some money in the Lansing area on their way north. (I made the two-day drive every year, prior to moving to Lansing and cutting it to a one-day drive.)
  • Amanda Rae Nayback
    We are part of Michigan, despite what many “educational” maps may show.
  • Laura McIntosh Belue
    That when they cross the bridge …. they will be in Heaven :)
  • Tammy Metiva
    That it is beautiful, I travel there from lower Michigan 2-3 times a year at least.
  • Amy Lynn Spitzley
    That there are very educated people who live and work there, not just a bunch of hicks who like the snow too much.
  • Lori Ann Reich Renshaw
    THAT IT TRULY IS GODS COUNTRY
  • Mad Fisherman
    Tell em we need more jobs eh!
  • Karl Aho
    That rural unemployment is just as problematic as urban unemployment.
  • Chere LaRose
    Support rural communities and invest in the hearts and minds of a culture that at it’s heart is the definition of perseverance and hard work.
  • Paulie Mihelcich
    Make the Whole U.P. A national park!!!!
  • Gretchen Caspary
    That there is nothing in the world more beautiful than a July day by Lake Superior. And that they should come and see!
  • Walter Sved
    Send the tree huggers to California and create some real jobs in the mining industry. That’s what made the UP great in the past.
  • John Blanchard
    Tell them that the 51st state should be the U.P.!!!
  • Christine Lattrel Renfors
    That Yoopers are the smartest, most honest, hard working, and proud Americans anywhere, let us run the country we’ll get it right.
    Steve Oviatt
    Bring pasties.
  • Yooper Pasty
    If you can get anyone to listen. Tell them Yoopers need work. YP
  • Nancy Syrjala Holwerda
    jobs….jobs….jobs….jobs…oh and taking the wolf off the endangered species list could help as well.
  • Eric Rohloff
    how about paid snow days
  • Kara Haarala Schroeder
    Don’t say too much – I don’t want the secret of it’s awesomeness to spread.
  • Mad Fisherman
    Kara,I agree with you.We don’t want it loved to death like Montana
  • Carrie File Eno
    The UP of MI is one of the most beautiful sights to see in the US and half the people in the US are too stupid to know it even existis…What MI has two parts?
  • Theresa Craig Brown
    We don’t want the preciousness of the U.P. to be ruined! I have travelled the U.S. and I have NEVER found anywhere like the U.P. nothing smells as good, looks as good, the U.P. truly is God’s Country! If we could bottle air, da Yoopers would make a fortune!
  • Pam Pant Johnson
    I love all your comments!! From the MI IN border!!
  • Tara Mullen
    nothing because if they found out just how great it is they might come and ruin it
  • Robin Schaefer
    Keep the lakes and lands from pollution and over population!
  • Mimi Christensen
    Read an article written by someone down state– All we care about in the U.P. is how much money we’ll get from the government and our guns– you could tell them the truth– or– just let them sit their with their foot in their mouth.
  • Patricia J. Beesley
    Please tell them that no matter what Washington is going to have to spend money to prevent an Asian Carp invasion of Lake Michigan! PROTECT THE GREAT LAKES!!
  • Marianne Britt Duvendack
    Nothing! Don’t let them near it!!!!!!!!
  • Kat Brandow
    We’re a real hearty bunch of people that can fix anything with duct tape, but it would be nice if we didn’t have to use it on potholes…
  • Dana L. Haltug
    I miss the UP :-( … but had to leave because of lack of living wage employment .. now I am in New Jersey & can’t wait to be able to retire & return to da’ UP for good :-)
  • Paula Jane Schroeder
    The people are smart, hard working, kind hearted folks who don’t take anything for granted! The scenery is breathtaking! Help to get businesses started up there! There’s no place like it—pure heaven!
  • Kathleen Ann Rakow
    Amen to all these comments (from a Yooper wannabe!!)
  • Stephanie Dymond
    needs more union jobs~
  • Rachel Morin
    You should tell them that everyone in the UP is a “farmer”, we have no electricity or cars, and we still live in wigwams ;)
  • Barbara Jean Donato
    that we are fun loving upper people
  • Donna Sandstrom
    Everything…tell them everything.
  • Rudy Brinks
    Don’t forget about the snow monkeys!!
  • Michelle DesJardin
    Upper Michigan is “Someplace special” and that we need more Union and Non Union jobs. And that we have 2 sports up here that we play often SWATTING AND SNOW SHOVELLING. And when it comes to winters we are tough enough to handle it and can show other states that get pummelled how we survive through it without any problems.
  • Dana L. Haltug
    If it gets TOO developed – it will destroy the beauty. But jobs are sorely needed for those who are there now … can’t wait to retire up there!
  • Daniel Tannheimer
    Leave us alone!


5 Wonderful Comments

  1. christine nyboer
    Apr 21, 2010

    If you have not already, check out {Under the Radar Michigan). It has a very nice article about Marquette with comments following describing its beauty and tranquility. It also mentions that Marquette was voted a 2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations Fan Favorite. I LOVE the U.P.!!!!!

  2. Mikki Danielson
    Apr 22, 2010

    The U.P. is like no other place in the world. As soon as you step foot on the land and meet the people you know you have truly found “someplace special.” Where else can you get a pasty, “pank” the snow, wear your swampers, take a sauna and then jump into the clearest, cleanest and one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world, and sleep with your windows open at night and hear nothing but peace and quiet (and the occasional skunk or bear digging around for food)?

  3. Oh, hey…don’t tell anyone of the magnificent beauty of the U.P., the majesty of the forests, the breath-taking lakes and falls…Just leave it in its magical state. My family and I own land in the middle of the U.P. and travel to it all Spring, Summer, and Fall, until we can’t get back to the property through the snow, but every trip shows us new beauty and surprises. It will never grow old…it is the best-kept secret of the U.S….shhhh, don’t tell anyone. Let’s keep it between us……

  4. Walk backwards out of the woods!!!! The less said in DC the better.

  5. Karl PRESSLEIN of L'ANSE ,Mich. 49946
    Feb 20, 2016

    Sending out a call to all !!
    Come visit the U.P. Of MICHIGAN
    Came up 55 years ago and still love it! Karl

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