Our strange and wonderful Upper Peninsula

Welcome to Yooperland (that's what some folks call our Upper Peninsula--or U.P.)

 

Meet Big Gus, the world's largest running chainsaw. So they say.

 

Look! Marquette even has a Hockey Store. How many towns have a hockey store?

 

And a Bingo store! How many Bingo supplies would you have to sell to stay in business?

 

We even feature a Sacred Tatoo Studio.

 

One of the biggest muzzle loaders I've ever seen!

 

Late October at Farmer's Market--bundled up for winter.

 

Late October. Same day--in shorts.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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33 Responses to Our strange and wonderful Upper Peninsula

  1. Sue says:

    Don’t ‘cha just love it?!? I hope you had fun today! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Sue, you wouldn’t believe how many pictures I took. There is a whole blog of just Lake Superior (Presque Isle) photos waiting in the queue. You would have loved it!

  2. A bingo store?! Oh Lordy … how on earth do they stay in business? Is bingo THAT popular up in your neck of the woods?

    I adore that hat the young lady at the farmer’s market is wearing! I have a “mad bomber” hat for when it’s really cold here, but it’s scary looking, not cute.

    • Kathy says:

      Laurie, isn’t that young lady beautiful? (It’s the only photo I didn’t compress today.) I love her hat. She about fell over when I asked to take her photo. She and her friend laughed and laughed. It probably would look scary looking on me, too. lol!

    • Elisa's Spot says:

      We have an entire BINGO WAREHOUSE! It has a fleet of trucks! No one knows, we all just look at it wondering…

  3. Susan D says:

    What fun, whimsical photos! You do us Yoopers proud, Woman!

  4. Karma says:

    It looks like your corner of the world is an interesting place! Seems Mr. Decaire isn’t too fond of those who might take a liking to it!
    I’m thinking our New England weather is quite similar to yours. We’ve been having those chilly mornings followed by warm afternoons for most of the autumn so far – I’ve still be wearing sandals to work because I just haven’t been ready to give them up yet, but I have to put the car heater blowing on my feet on the morning drive in.

    • Kathy says:

      It is an interesting place, Karma. Did I ever tell you how I hated it here the first time we visited (my parents, brother and I) in the summer of 1968? I prayed to God to get me out of this “god-forsaken” place.

      You are still wearing sandals? Lucky you! I put mine away the beginning of September. Lately it’s been in the 50’s during the day. Later in the week it drops to the 40’s. Sigh. Double sigh. But it’s been a nice long beautiful autumn.

  5. Dawn says:

    But sometimes I WANT to move up there! Do you think Mr. Decaire would take me back? 🙂

    We had a wonderful, though gray day here, warm, a little rain…wish it could stay this way till spring…

    • Kathy says:

      Oh we don’t care what Mr. Decaire thinks, Dawn. You’re allowed back. Anyone is allowed here…as long as they can take the long endless winters and the black flies! I do wish it would stay warm til spring, too.

  6. P.j. grath says:

    Love it all! Thanks for the tour, Kathy.

  7. Robin says:

    That’s it. I want to move there. Your pictorial tour has made it so appealing. And how much colder can it be than where I already live? 😉 Thank you so much for sharing the UP in photos. (I’ve actually been in the UP once… and have always wanted to go back for another visit.)

    I love, love, love that hat in your “Late October at Farmer’s Market” photo. Any idea where I can get one?

    Oh… and please don’t tell my husband about that chainsaw or we’ll HAVE to move there.

    • Kathy says:

      OK, you can move up, Robin. How cold does it get where you live? On the coldest winter day? Do you have 20 below? That’s what it gets sometimes here. Last winter I think it dropped to only 15 below, lol.

      I think they might have a hat like that up in Houghton at the Surplus Outlet. Not 100% sure, but maybe.

      You tell your husband about the chainsaw and we’ll see you soon!

  8. Cindy Lou says:

    And the Bingo store is relatively near the hockey store – I do love us quirky Yoopers! 🙂 Thanx, Kath – fun!

    • Kathy says:

      Cindy, it felt like fun to do a quirky post of some of the crazier Yooper things along the way to Marquette. (I have a couple ones saved, maybe for Halloween.)

  9. Carol says:

    I just wanna know – is the muzzle loader to intimidate folks who might decide they do want to move to the UP? We heard that Oregon had the same attitude about Californians before we moved here, but we’ve discovered that most of the people we meet are Californians, relocated.

    Love your photos!

    • Kathy says:

      The Yooper Tourist Trap people THINK they’re intimidating people to stay away. But I don’t think it works, Carol. Instead, it’s the long winters and black flies which do the trick. No muzzle loaders needed!

  10. barb says:

    Small town memorabilia and weather that changes in an instant – must be the UP! (According to my friend, Mary…)

  11. Gerry says:

    Wait, wait – doesn’t every town have a hockey store?

    But not every town can have the world’s largest chainsaw, I’ll give you that.

    • Kathy says:

      Do you have a hockey store in Traverse City, Gerry? I know there’s not one in Bellaire! Can you imagine how I felt parking the car by the world’s largest chainsaw and taking photos like some crazy tourist? It was not one of my prouder moments…

  12. Jeff Stroud says:

    How hometown !!! At least it has not been taken over by corporate america!

    Great shots!

    • Kathy says:

      Jeff, if you ask some people around here, they would like just a tad more of corporate America. Just enough to provide job for our 25% unemployment rate. Sigh…

  13. Martha Bergin says:

    Fun 🙂

  14. Kiah says:

    I want a hat too!

  15. Colleen says:

    Doesn’t every town have a hockey store? I kind of miss them. Not that I was ever a big hockey fan, or even a little one but when EVERYONE else is some of it eventually wears off. And curling ??

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