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Keweenaw Peninsula

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Today's adventure begins.

Today’s adventure begins.

All you map lovers out there know the Keweenaw Peninsula is that finger of land that juts out into Lake Superior from the northwestern edges of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Right?  Of course right!

I used to live there way back in the early 80’s and I’ve only been back a couple of times in all the years since.  So it was wonderful to spend a day exploring a few of my favorite places Saturday.  Want to see some?  I have so many photos, but I’ll try to keep myself reigned in.

Houghton/Hancock lift bridge.

Houghton/Hancock lift bridge.

It won’t be easy.

Quincy mine at sunset.

Quincy mine at sunset.

For starters the area was once a copper mining mecca.  In fact more than 100 years ago the state of Michigan considered making a town in the Keweenaw the state capital!  Today most of the mines are at best turned into tours and at worse abandoned.  Friday night we had dinner with friends from the olden days, on the top floor of a hotel with a beautiful view across the canal of some of the old mine buildings.

Restored historic buildings.

Restored historic buildings.

Saturday morning we headed north, up the peninsula.  First stop was the snow thermometer.  What is a snow thermometer you ask?

HOW much snow??

HOW much snow??

The winter of 1978/79 the area had record snowfall…390.4 inches! (that’s 991.6 centimeters).  The thermometer shows you how high the snow would have been had it all fallen at once.  You can also see the arrow up near the top that shows what last year’s snowfall was.  It didn’t beat the record, but it was a lot of snow!

We continued north all the way to the tip of the Keweenaw and visited Fort Wilkins, an historic site with beautifully restored buildings and displays.

Fort Wilkins..I snowshoed through here 30 years ago.

Fort Wilkins..I snowshoed through here 30 years ago.

Then we headed back down the western coast of the peninsula and saw the Copper Harbor Lighthouse…

Copper Harbor Lighthouse.

Copper Harbor Lighthouse.

…and the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse…

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.

…where we got to go inside and imagine what life would be like as a light keeper.

 

What a view!

What a view!

Then we drove up Brockway Mountain for a view of the fall color, the blue of Lake Superior and interior lakes.

You can see forever.

You can see forever.

Lots of beautiful color everywhere up there!

Taking pictures.

Taking pictures.

It’s really indescribable.  You’ll have to make the trip for yourselves someday…my pick for you would be a perfect October day, just like we had.

Copper Harbor from Brockway Mountain.

Copper Harbor from Brockway Mountain.

Three magical things happened on Saturday while we were in the “Copper Country.”  We saw three bald eagles; one in a tree, one flying over Eagle Harbor, and one from the kitchen window of the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.   We had dinner with a friend I’ve known for more than 35 years, and her husband.  And on our way back to the hotel Saturday we saw a beautiful shooting star.

I love the Keweenaw Peninsula.  Yes I do.

I left my heart in the Copper Country.

I left my heart in the Copper Country.

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

22 thoughts on “Keweenaw Peninsula

  1. What a great post! I’ve just returned home to Alabama and already you’ve given me the bug to leave again. I think we all need to start a fund to keep you travelling, as long as you promise to keep blogging, of course.

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  2. sure does look like a pretty place

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  3. I loved seeing this gorgeous Fall scenery through your camera lens, Dawn. Thanks for taking us along on your journey! Since we’ve had nothing but grey skies and rain for I-don’t-know-how-long, I really enjoyed seeing your sunshine, too!

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    • We had a great week…the only day it got cloudy and rained a bit was today, our day to drive home. Still, even with dark skies, maybe even because of them, the trees were gorgeous.

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  4. So Fall Pretty. I can see why it captured your heart.

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  5. Three bald eagles!!!!!! Wow! I’m so jealous.

    And I want to build one of those snow thermometers in my backyard. What a cool idea.

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    • It was very wonderful, especially the one soaring over the harbor. And the shooting star fell and stayed alight for so long, right in front of us as we were crossing the dark mountains..that was magic. The thermometer…would be so cool in your back yard, hoping you don’t get that much snow though!

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  6. So glad you experienced some magic while you were there! It looks like a magical place. Love the snow thermometer. 🙂

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  7. Love the Keweenau Peninsula, too. We were just there a couple weeks ago when we read on mlive that the colors were starting to peak in some areas. Also went to Tahquamenon Falls and Muskallonge Lake State Park (rock hunting).

    Great pictures and wonderful time of year to be there. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love the Keweenaw Peninsula, too, Dawn. There’s a magic up there. Thanks for sharing some pics of your trip through this beautiful land.

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  9. Beautiful fall colors! I also love the snow thermometer–very evocative. Thanks you for all your photos as usual.

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    • What are you doing up so early Ellen??

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      • Miserable leg cramps most of the night. With my back/spine issues, usually caused by too much of *something* involving my back — lifting or whatever– but I swear that I studiously made myself useless all day today. 😦 Supposed to be heading to Cynosports for my volunteer gig but not going to make the morning one. So while meds kick in, catching up on fun and beautiful reading! 🙂

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  10. I hope you’re feeling better today Ellen!

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    • I had a wonderful several days at Cynosports. No more spasms, yay! My back is chiding me for the excessive sitting in the bleachers, but not too bad. Thanks!

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