The Occasional Yooper

Guest Michigan Blogger Robin Driessen Bruecker shares her “Pure Michigan Moment,” an annual trip to the Upper Peninsula with her husband.

Flickr Photo Credit: John Noltner

Miner's Beach in Munising

There’s something magnetic about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Maybe it’s the mile after mile of forests or the vast stretches of refreshingly undeveloped land. Maybe it’s the vibrant sunlight or the pale sand and blue waters of a sunny Lake Superior summer day that reminds me of the beach in Kauai. Maybe it’s the rolling hills, alive with color in autumn; the charming cottages of all sizes, conditions and styles; a small lake completely ringed with wild roses; or an abundance of wonderful waterfalls.

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Shipwrecks and waterfalls and bears, oh my!

Special thanks to Shannon Kuchera for sharing her Pure Michigan U.P. Adventure! Learn about the diversity the U.P. has to offer with Pure Michigan Connect!

Prior to last week, I hadn’t been to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since I was a kid.  I’m not sure what took me so long, but rediscovering this gem of vacation spots (and so close to home!) was a thrill.  To put things in perspective – for our last two vacations, my husband and I went to Ecuador and Spain (which were phenomenal, don’t get me wrong) – but we had more fun last week in the U.P.

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Epic Adventure

Wow – Chuck Hayden just finished quite a Pure Michigan adventure! Check out his story about just one leg of his epic journey.

It was 5:30 am and I had just roused myself from a fitful sleep to the birth of a new sunrise.  The previous day, Lake Superior had heaved me on to the rocky shore of Salt Point between Tahquamenon Bay and the Bay Mills area.  During the night, as I slept in the sandy grass of the beach, sheltered from the wind by my kayak, she calmed to a light wind.   Now, as I prepared to launch my kayak, I was sure I could finish the last 20 miles before noon.  The lake wasn’t completely calm, but after 3 days of rough seas, she was offering me a little peace and I urgently took the offer.

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