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Map Quest

If you want to come see me, follow the map and these directions:

1. From wherever you are, go to Interstate 75 which runs north and south from southern Florida to northern Michigan. 771 more words

Creative Nonfiction Essays

Backpacking in the Beaver Basin Wilderness

As you know, Matt and I recently moved to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Eager to put house hunting aside and start exploring our new (outdoor) home, we decided to check out the Beaver Basin Wilderness (it’s 11,740 acres within Pictured Rocks National Park).  102 more words


10 Joys of a Cottage in Michigan

It’s Different. At home you keep up appearances. At a cottage you have the chance to cut some slack. Old books, fishing reels, a TV from the 1980’s  or earlier! 491 more words


Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is one of the nation’s best kept secrets. The crystal clear water and dazzling blue hue of Lake Superior is only a complement to the surrounding rocky cliffs, clear skies, sandy beaches and lush deciduous forest. 617 more words


Small Town Living 


I’m from a little town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with a population of about 8,000 people. I’ve been here most of my life, even living on the same street that I was born on. 514 more words


“Castle Nowhere”: Constance Fenimore Woolson’s Great Lakes Gothic

In 1875, Constance Fenimore Woolson published a short story collection titled Castle Nowhere: Lake Country Sketches. The collection consists of several stories. The first, “Castle Nowhere,” is set off the shores of Lake Michigan and near Beaver Island and is really a novella, while the others are set throughout the Great Lakes including on Mackinac Island, Lake Superior, and Ohio. 1,807 more words

Classic Gothic Novels