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

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Yoopers in Major League Baseball

Jun 25, 2014 | Leave a comment

In the grand scheme 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 Jays … 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

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, Dialect, 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

Lake Superior Ice Caves

A Grand (Island) Adventure

Mar 2, 2014 | Leave a comment

Water cooler conversations at offices around the country have been full of chatter about this epic 2014 winter. What an awesome winter it has been. And from local news stations all the way to the NBC Nightly News, people have been talking about Lake Superior being 95% frozen over, and especially about the ice caves around the Apostle Islands. But that’s out out of our jurisdiction! Much overlooked has been the ice caves around Grand … Read more

1960 Olympic Hockey Team

Weldy Olson: Yooper, Spartan, Olympic Gold Medalist

Feb 20, 2014 | Leave a comment

Recently, we were fortunate to catch up with Weldy Olson, a Marquette native who was a member of the USA gold medal winning team at the 1960 Winter Olympics. Before we share a little more about Weldy (gotta love that nickname!), let’s take a brief look at some hockey history in the Upper Peninsula. Hockey is a long standing tradition in the Upper Peninsula. A tradition rich in history, and the birthplace of professional hockey … Read more

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2014 U.P. 200, Midnight Run, and Jackpine 30 Dogsled Races

Feb 19, 2014 | Leave a comment

If you were in or around Marquette County this weekend you likely saw some mushers, dog sleds, and a whole lot of cute dogs! The weekend was full of dog sled racing. The U.P. 200 The longest of the three, the historic U.P. 200 stretches 240 miles. The annual races leaves from Marquette, making a round trip to Grand Marais. The races is limited to no more than 40 teams, each with 12 dogs. To … Read more

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