Sunday, July 4, 2010

4th of July in the U.P.

We dipped down into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for Independence Day weekend. We figured we should show our patriotism by being in the states on the 4th after being in Ontario for Canada Day. Upon entry to Sault Sainte Marie, MI we were chosen for the "random" (i.e. suspicious hippie van) search. Luckily there was no cavity search, and we were allowed reentry into the homeland.

I needed to take care of some business over the phone (my tracphone doesn't work in Canada) while we were back in the States, but of course no businesses were open till Tuesday. So we entertained ourselves over the long weekend in the U.P. First we saw the "Soo" Locks which enable ships to travel between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. At one point we saw a HUGE barge waiting for the water to rise in the lock. Then we headed to the north shore of Lake Michigan for a few days. The highlight of this area for us was a gas station called Gustafson's that sold all kinds of local food and goods: pasties, local wild rice, various animal pelts, several flavors of jerky (we chose Cajun), smoked cheese, and many species of smoked fish. We bought a hunk of the smoked Lake Salmon and enjoyed it in our fish tacos on the 4th. Here's a photo our patriotic fish taco dinner. Luckily there was a red picnic table to complete the patriotic colors that George and Adalaya happened to be wearing. We camped at the town's public marina that night and were able to catch some fireworks.

The municipal marinas have become our favorite guerrilla camping spots because they are free, have great views, a good breeze to keep the bugs down, water spigots, and public bathrooms. This one even had a free shower! God bless America!

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