Part of our plan from the very beginning was to make a final trip up to Caitlin’s homeland for one last hoo-rah with her family before heading south for the winter. So, back in August, amidst our crazy real-estate situation, we drove the Cyclone toyhauler that we still had at the time (we hadn’t yet listed it, but knew we wanted to sell it) up to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
As the infographic above shows, the Upper Peninsula is connected to the rest of Michigan by the Mackinac Bridge (pronounced Mackinaw), which is the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. If you haven’t experienced this 5 miles of fun, you’re missing out on some amazing engineering and a spectacular view!
You use your hands to tell people where you are from.
Isn’t that cool? It really kind of looks like Michigan!
The state’s unique shape also makes the Lower Peninsula look like a “Mitten” and the Upper Peninsula like a “Snowmobile” – both of which are fitting symbols for a state that is known for it’s snowy winters. :)
So, Caitlin grew up with her two siblings and parents in the Upper Peninsula on 40 acres of pine trees in an area known as the Keweenaw Peninsula. (This would be the upper thumb, or handlebars/windshield area of the snowmobile in the previous diagrams.) This birthplace makes her and her family “Yoopers” – although they somehow got away without acquiring the yooper accent.
The Keweenaw Peninsula projects out into Lake Superior and is divided across by the Keweenaw Waterway between the towns of Houghton and Hancock. These towns, and the rest of the peninsula, are connected by the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. This area was the site of the first copper boom in the United States, giving it the nickname “The Copper Country.”
Here is our final product. Enjoy!
Hungarian Falls :30
Horseshoe Harbor :40
Jacobs Falls :44
Jacobsville/Portage Entry Lighthouse 1:07
Torch Lake Dredger 1:18
Houghton (Left) Hancock (Right) 1:23
Michigan Tech 1:34
Quincy Smelter 1:38
Quincy Hoist 1:45
Copper Harbor 1:51
Gay Stamp Sands 2:08
Redridge Steel Dam 2:26
Great Sand Bay 2:50
Portage Canal Entrance Breakers 2:58
Brockway Mountain Drive 3:01