Mackianc County

Know your Upper Peninsula Highways

Know your Upper Peninsula Highways

The Upper Peninsula is full of unique roadways offering scenic views. Some sections are straight as an arrow (lookin’ at you Seney Stretch), one is the longest state highway in Michigan, another is the only state highway in the United States not to allow cars (I’m sure you can guess which). It’s als... Read more

Vintage Upper Peninsula Postcards

Vintage Upper Peninsula Postcards

A couple weekends ago, my friend Sara and I, fellow nostalgia addicts and antique aficionados, spent hours at Lambs’ Gate, an antique store in Old Town, Lansing. We spent more than an hour hunched over a large crate propped up to waist-level that was full of old postcards. We marveled over the dates... Read more

The Mighty Mac vs. The Golden Gate

The Mighty Mac vs. The Golden Gate

The Mackinac Bridge has become a sort of personal symbol for me in recent years, representing how my heart is divided between my homeland of the U.P. and my current home in Grand Rapids. It seems I still have the same excitement crossing the bridge today as I did when I was a child. I grew up crossi... Read more

Mackinac Bridge Encased in Ice

Mackinac Bridge Encased in Ice

Photo courtesy of Farlane on Flickr For the trolls out there who are scared to cross the Mighty Mac during the winter months, we understand. This winter was particularly rough for the bridge. The last of the ice chunks are still melting during this week of hot weather. Thank you Farlane for your cre... Read more

A Bird's-Eye View of the Upper Peninsula

A Bird's-Eye View of the Upper Peninsula

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a vast region. By the way, did you know that the Upper Peninsula is wider than the Lower Peninsula is tall? I love exploring Google Maps and finding aerial views of my favorite places in the Upper Peninsula as well as the rest of the world. Here are my top findings from... Read more

The Story Behind Steez Drop #8

The Story Behind Steez Drop #8

Our first Steez Drop happened on December 1, 2013. While driving across the Upper Peninsula we stopped in downtown Marquette, carefully picked a location, and dropped an Upper Peninsula hoodie on a bench with a note, “Finders keepers”. 22 minutes later it was gone. Since then we’ve had fun making dr... Read more

The Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament

The Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament

Every 4th of July people gather on the south side of Mackinac Island at Windermere Point for the annual Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament. A few hundred people assemble, building up the noon tournament of stone skipping professionals. For the amateur division, anyone can enter for just $5, w... Read more

Wild Bloomers on Mackinac Island

Wild Bloomers on Mackinac Island

Have you been to Mackinac Island? If so, did you venture beyond the fudge shops and beaches to the untamed interior? As a lover of all things that bloom, I felt like I was in paradise once I made it to the island’s internal trails. If you’re into wildflowers too, you may know that timing dictates th... Read more

Mike Rows Says Nice Things About the Upper Peninsula, and You Should Too!

Mike Rows Says Nice Things About the Upper Peninsula, and You Should Too!

Mike Rowe is no stranger to Mackinac Island, having filmed segments of Dirty Jobs on the Mackinac Bridge and the island (Click here more on climbing the Mackinac Bridge). His latest comes from a little promo for _Somebody’s Gotta Do It_, his latest show on CNN. We’ve long used the slogan, “Nice shir... Read more

Upper Peninsula, Spotted from the International Space Station

Upper Peninsula, Spotted from the International Space Station

Astronaut Sam Cristoforetti, of Italy, has been living on the International Space Station and tweeting up a storm. She regularly posts photos of her view from ISS including this gem she recently posted of the Eastern Upper Peninsula surrounded by Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Read more about the ... Read more