Trip to Marquette, Michigan

 

View to Marquette, originally uploaded by bill kralovec.

Yesterday we went to Marquette, Michigan which is about 90 miles north east of Caspian. It is the largest city in the Upper Peninsula with a population of around 20,000 people. It is my favorite city in the UP and a place that I would like to retire to. I like it because it is located on the southern shore of Lake Superior and it is home to Northern Michigan University. It maintains the beauty and ruggedness of the Upper Peninsula, but it also has a cultural side with an educated and slightly cosmpolitan populace. They have miles of hiking and biking trails, lakes, etc. but different from the rest of the UP, they have things like Thai  and ethnic restaurants, lectures, theater, etc. The city also gets heaps of snow from the lake effect, guaranteeing great cross-country skiing.

They have an excellent medical center and we use it for our family when we are visiting the USA. Besides visiting the doctor in the morning, we had a chance to do some shopping and go for a hike up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. It is located just outside of the city and has spectactular views of the lake and surrounding pine forests.

We start the walk up the mountain
We start the walk up the mountain

Family Journal: July 5, 2009

 

Wild Men, originally uploaded by bill kralovec.

Yesterday we drove up to Marquette, Michigan to go shopping at the Target Store located there. We wanted to buy a duna for Ocean, shoes for the kids, as well as get a new set of pillows and towels for my Dad. Without my mother, he lacks that woman’s touch around the house.

After Target, we hit the beach as you can see. Marquette is my favorite town in the UP. It is the largest at around 20,000, and has a university (Northern Michigan University). It is located on Lake Superior and receives 144 inches of snow per year. It is one of the few places I would come back to live in the USA if I could find a good job there.

Ocean
Ocean

Lake Superior is a huge freshwater inland sea. It is the largest of the Great Lakes and always pretty cold. We all got in yesterday, but not for that long. The kids really enjoyed the sandy beach, making sand castles, playing football, skipping rocks, and burying each other.

In the morning we watched the Federer versus Roddick final.