Iron River Meteorite

Peter Peterson and the Iron River Meteorite (and other UP stories)

Oct 16, 2012 | Leave a comment

This is a guest post from our friend Alice Rossignol. She’s a big fan of the great outdoors and her love for the Upper Peninsula is blossoming. You can follow her on Twitter. Two wrongs may make a right, but two meteorwrongs certainly don’t make a meteorite. And here’s why. Well, first — let’s rewind. To one day in 1889 when a six-year old boy named Peter Peterson (yes, this was actually his name) was … Read more

More fall colors, with video this time

Oct 11, 2012 | Leave a comment

Earlier this week we delighted in a few photos of fall across the Upper Peninsula from some talented photographers. Today we bring you two stunning videos. The first one, above, is by Jason Whalen, an MSU graduate of environmental biology and zoology who works for The Nature Conservancy. Be sure to check out his other Michigan footage. The second video is by Mike Kvackay, a film student at NMU. His video touches the Porcupine Mountains, Marquette and … Read more

Kitch-iti-Kipi

Kitch-iti-kipi “The Big Spring”

Oct 9, 2012 | Leave a comment

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. She also took the photos. Legend says that the spring was named Kitch-iti-kipi (pronounced KITCH-i-tee-KI-pee) in memory of a young chieftain by that name who died in the icy waters when his canoe overturned during an attempt to impress a young woman. John I. Bellaire, the man who discovered the spring back … Read more

22 Photos of this year’s fall colors

Oct 8, 2012 | Leave a comment

The Upper Peninsula is truly is one of the most beautiful places in the world to see the fall colors. We couldn’t get enough of the photos we were seeing around the web, so we picked some of our favorites to share with you. We’re envious of the images these photographers captured, so be sure to click on the photo and leave them a nice comment, they deserve it for sharing their talent with the … Read more

Michigan’s oldest building: The Officers’ Stone Quarters

Sep 17, 2012 | Leave a comment

Photo credit: Patrick Newcomb on Flickr This is a guest post from our friend and fellow Yooper Ashley Bovin, she’s from Gladstone and you can follow her on Twitter here. Recently, while pondering possible material for the Yooper Steez blog, I found myself wondering what the oldest building in Michigan might be. I was pleased to discover through Google search that I had already stood inside the building holding this title during my latest trip to … Read more

The Annual Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing

Sep 13, 2012 | Leave a comment

This is a guest post from our friend Alice Rossignol. She’s a big fan of the great outdoors and her love for the Upper Peninsula is blossoming. You can follow her on Twitter. When I wake up in the morning, I greet the day with a humongous yawn and then I cling desperately to the blankets for just a few more minutes, and then another few minutes, and then a few more (my “snooze” button … Read more

Guts Frisbee

Guts Frisbee: Do you have it?

Jun 13, 2012 | Leave a comment

During Nickelodeon’s golden years – the fantastic ’90s – I became engrossed in their weird neon world of slime, obstacle courses, the Rugrats and Nick at Nite. And of course, Guts – an “extreme sport” show where kids and adults, clad in awkward knee pads and helmets, did “extreme” things like go down slides and scramble up big foam blocks painted like rocks with the ultimate goal of earning…the Guts gold medal. This 26-second Season … Read more

Michigan Ice Fest 2012

Michigan Ice Fest: Up, Up and Away!

Feb 15, 2012 | Leave a comment

This is a guest post from our friend Alice Rossignol. She’s a big fan of the great outdoors and her love for the Upper Peninsula is blossoming. You can follow her on Twitter. Photos courtesy of Courtney Shuert. I’ve always preferred one direction: up. And I take it as it comes: straight up, upstream (on Cripple Creek, preferably), Up (the movie), what’s up, shut up, up north, or since I moved to Michigan – UP, the … Read more

Upper Peninsula Overland

Jan 24, 2012 | Leave a comment

We think our friends over at Upper Peninsula Overland have a pretty sweet thing going on. If you like adventure and want to see some places in the Upper Peninsula you wouldn’t normally get to see, these are good people to know. This video will give you a nice introduction. U.P. Overland 2011 on Vimeo. You can find Upper Peninsula Overland on Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and the web.

Isle Royale Map

Real Men of Genius: Isle Royale Edition

Sep 19, 2011 | Leave a comment

This post and photos brought to you by two friends of Yooper Steez, Allison Rueff (a native Yooper from Marquette living in Cincinnati) and Kate Rose (from Novi living in San Francisco), former MSU roommates who finally made it up to Isle Royale after years of talking about it. It lived up to all the hype, and they praise God for whatever topographic mistake has yielded this Michigan treasure. Today we salute you, Mr. Shakyhands-Cartographer-That-Gave-Isle-Royale-To-The-U.P.-Instead-of-Canada. … Read more

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