Thank you to Pure Michigan for hosting me on this press trip to Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. As always, all opinions stated here are 100% my own or those of my family.
As a born-and-raised Michigander, I’ve either visited or lived in much of the ‘mitten’ portion of the state, especially the lower half – lived in portions of Detroit, Kalamazoo, Midland, Bay City, Muskegon, and Grand Rapids, and visited everywhere from Tawas, Boyne, Petoskey, Flint, Lansing, Ludington, St. Joseph, South Haven, Lansing, Coldwater, Three Rivers, Mackinaw Island, Traverse City and more.
But – until this month, I’d only ventured up to the Upper Peninsula (UP) once, and only briefly. After a work conference in 2005 on Mackinaw Island that I had brought Ron and the older girls to (I was pregnant with Becca at the time), we crossed the bridge to the UP, stopped to have lunch on the other side and then crossed back to head home. I’ve always wanted to make that trip again – and be able to keep going to explore the UP, but it’s never happened. However, last week I had the chance to head UP to explore the very northern tip of the UP – the Keweenaw Peninsula. And I’m now even more determined to take my family to the UP to share the beauty and fun with them too.
Thanks to Pure Michigan, I had the opportunity to visit Houghton, Copper Harbor and the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park, and our group experienced everything from touring copper mines to kayaking on Lake Superior. I have plenty of photos to share, along with some video, and I’ll be posting about the trip both here and over on TravelingMom as well, so stay tuned.
For now, here’s a sneak peek of some of the things I saw and/or did while UP – enjoy!