Where We Be
|View of Copper Harbor from Brockway Mountain -- as far as you can go up the Upper Peninsula!
|Beautiful panorama looking east from Brockway Mountain near sunset
|Our cute little cabin in Copper Harbor
|Feeling serene and happy lakeside at Copper Harbor
|The wharf a block or two away from our cottage
|Agate beach at Hunter's Point, a short hike from Copper Harbor's marina
|We loved the canopy of trees on the drive into Copper Harbor on Highway 41
|This isn't graffiti -- it's an actual part of the rock at this agate beach
|Enjoying a stop along the scenic drive to Eagle Harbor
|This is Bete Grise Beach on the eastern side of the Keweenaw Peninsula -- a bit out of the way but worth the effort
|Scenic pulloff near Eagle Harbor
|Robin loves a good road trip -- look at that smile!
|Bringing home locally caught whitefish to cook up for dinner
|The UP gets a LOT of snow -- 390 inches in '78-'79 (top of the sign!)
|The scenery on the Upper Peninsula reminds us a lot of coastal Maine
|Robin searches for Lake Superior agates (a semi-precious stone) on a local beach
Copper Harbor is at the very tip of the “finger” that
juts up from the Upper Peninsula into the midpoint of
Lake Superior. It's a tiny town and the main thing to
do is simply enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of
the surrounding area. We walked the town in half an
hour, then started driving around to other parts of
the “finger” (known as Keweenaw Peninsula).
You can drive up to the top of Brockway Mountain,
which offers a great panorama of the town and Lake
Superior. Bete Grise Bay is a beautiful beach with soft
sand and pounding waves that might as well be the
ocean. The scenic drive to Eagle River offers agate
beaches and serene lake views. And for dinner, don't
forget to try the Lake Superior whitefish; we sauteed
it in garlic and olive oil and loved it.
The folks from the Upper Peninsula call themselves
“Yoopers” (as in UPers) and are a hardy breed. They
manage to survive 230+ inches of snowfall a year.
Speaking personally, we're glad to be visiting in the
milder autumn season. We think Michigan's Upper
Peninsula feels similar to coastal Maine. There's a
similar relaxed pace of living, rocky coastline and
ledges, mix of pine and deciduous trees, and gentle
beauty to the land.