Travels in Michigan

June 2000 A look at the map reveals that the State of Michigan is comprised literally of two separate parts, each of which is termed a "peninsula" -- the Lower Peninsula between Lakes Huron and Michigan; the Upper Peninsula between Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. The two peninsulas are joined by a remarkable bridge that crosses the Straits of Mackinac connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, while Lakes Superior and Huron are linked by the St. Marys River, made navigable by the Soo Locks. (text continues)

So much for basic geography. Now a bit of history, the 1835 Toledo War to be specific. The "war" was mostly in Congress (though legend says that one poor soul was actually wounded slightly) and resulted in the area that now is the city of Toledo being given to Ohio while Michigan got the Upper Peninsula and statehood. Which had the better deal depends on whether you like big cities or pine forests with deer and beaver.

I prefer the latter, which is why I elected in June 2000 to spend most of a fortnight in the Upper Peninsula (UP), avoiding Detroit (which simply means "strait" in French -- there are lots of straits in and around Michigan). In order to get to the UP, however, I had to go through the LP, so this report will point to a couple of spots there. But most of it is devoted to the Upper Peninsula, particularly along the shore of Lake Superior.

There are two ways to navigate the pages that follow:

1) Click on any of the red place names on the map and you'll go there.
2) Or click on the various place categories listed beside the map.

It's not an either/or; it's a both/and.

-- Allan Brockway