"Along the Bowstring of Lake Superior" by Julian Ralph

"Along the Bowstring of Lake Superior" by Julian Ralph

Here is something I struggle with, how do you explain Lake Superior to someone who has never seen her? How do you translate the magnitude and beauty into words? In fact, I was once asked, “Can you see the other side of Lake Superior?” I am no wordsmith, but thankfully, many who have come... Read more

Yooper Steez is now the Upper Peninsula Supply Co.

Yooper Steez is now the Upper Peninsula Supply Co.

In 2007 I was bright eyed and bushy tailed (still am) and inspired from just completing a 50-state road trip. I looked back at the nearly 50 t-shirts I had collected on that trip, as well as teaching countless people about the Upper Peninsula, Great Lakes and Michigan. In 2008, Yooper Steez was born... Read more

Fish Fryday #3: Breakwall Bakery & Cafe, Grand Marais

Fish Fryday #3: Breakwall Bakery & Cafe, Grand Marais

This is our third installment of Fish Frydays. On a not-quite-weekly but more-than-monthly schedule, we will patronize a new fish fry location in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. These outings will take place on Friday evening, with a review posted the following Monday. The goal is simple, try as many fi... Read more

Fish Fryday #2: Skipper's L'Anse

Fish Fryday #2: Skipper's L'Anse

This is our second installment of Fish Frydays. On a not-quite-weekly but more-than-monthly schedule, we will patronize a new fish fry location in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. These outings will take place on Friday evening, with a review posted the following Monday. The goal is simple, try as many f... Read more

An Almost Complete History of Michigan–Ok, Mostly the Upper Peninsula

An Almost Complete History of Michigan–Ok, Mostly the Upper Peninsula

It’s Michigan’s 179th birthday! Which also means it’s the Upper Peninsula’s 179th birthday. To celebrate we’re giving a bit of history lesson. We sure learned lots in this process. We’ve compiled highlights from every year since Michigan’s admittance into statehood in 1837. But as we know, this just... Read more

Fish Fryday #1: Portside Inn, Marquette

Fish Fryday #1: Portside Inn, Marquette

Today we introduce a new feature, Fish Frydays. On a not-quite-weekly but more-than-monthly schedule, we will patronize a new fish fry location in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Naturally, these outings will take place on Friday evening, with a review posted the following Monday. The goal is simple, tr... Read more

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The SS Edmund Fitzgerald in the St. Mary’s River in May, 1975. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, by Bob Campbell, Grand Ledge, Michigan. Forty-two years ago the Edmund Fitzgerald foundered on Lake Superior, about 17 miles from the entrance of Whitefish Bay. All ... 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

Y is for Yooper, a Children's Book by Scott Reddinger

Y is for Yooper, a Children's Book by Scott Reddinger

We recently sat down with Scott Reddinger, writer of the new and buzzworthy children’s book, Y is for Yooper. Enjoy or interview with Scott below and follow Y is for Yooper on Facebook. An ABC book for all ages, Y is for Yooper is a rhyming children’s book that will take you on a fun and educationa... 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