Fire on the Trail

Stopping a forest fire before it happens. I want to write about something I saw yesterday while driving through the woods near Trout Lake, here in the U.P. I was driving a backroad, surprise, surprise, looking for an old ghost town called Wilwin (more on that here). As I was driving the old two-track road, … Continue reading Fire on the Trail

Little Lake Lost or What Happens When the Dam Breaks

Discovering a ghost lake in Mackinac County, Michigan. Writing and photos by Mikel B. Classen I hit the road today, with no particular destination. That means I'm really susceptable to signs pointing to nearly anywhere. It happened in Mackinac County. The sign said "Brook Trout Pond Landing." I really do stick my nose into just … Continue reading Little Lake Lost or What Happens When the Dam Breaks

Historical Photographs – Au Train Lake 1889 – Alger County Michigan – Upper Peninsula

Weekly historical photographs - Au Train Lake - U.P. camping in 1889 I recently purchased a small lot of old U.P. photos from the Marquette area. In it were these cabinet cards.  Unlike most old photos I find, these were labeled and dated. The caption on the back reads: "The Palmer Camp, Au Train Lake, … Continue reading Historical Photographs – Au Train Lake 1889 – Alger County Michigan – Upper Peninsula

Journey on the Tahquamenon River

Journey on the Tahquamenon River - An adventure in Paradise we can all share A Point North Paradise, Michigan is mostly known for being the home of Tahquamenon Falls and the gateway to Whitefish Point and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.  Most visitors check these two major attractions out and then head off to other … Continue reading Journey on the Tahquamenon River

How Christmas, Michigan Got Its Name

Christmas belongs to the Upper Peninsula. It's all ours. Not the holiday.. the town... Christmas, Michigan. It's been ours for eighty years and it always will be. Christmas (the town) is where Christmas (the holiday) is on display all year 'round and all the trappings of the season are never all taken down, because, in Christmas (the town), Christmas (the holiday), brings visitors there all year to investigate the place that is named for the most celebrated holiday in the world.