Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My Love of Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Michigan, especially upper peninsula has become a perfect vacation destination for us. Between 7 and 9 hours away from Chicago, depending where we decide to stay, it’s just long enough to enjoy the road trip. The drive to Milwaukee goes by fast, stop at Trader Joe's, to stack up on food/drinks. We follow I-43 north to Green Bay, passing old red barns, cornfields and grain silos, peaceful sunsets, and occasional sightings of the Lake Michigan. As we enter US 41, this two lane unassuming highway, that’s when you realize you are completely somewhere else, somewhere when life slows down. Somewhere you forget about the life you left behind, and let the nature take over. Just for a few days… somewhere in upper peninsula Michigan.

It was love from the first sight. Back in 2008 or 2009, I remember it was the midst of the winter, we went up north to visit Tim’s brother and his wife. I have never seen this much snow in my life, it was like Christmas every day. So beautiful and magical, with  fresh coat of a new, fluffy snow every day, winter wonderland. The roads were white, the trees were white, everywhere you looked – was covered with a white pillow of freshly fallen snow.

And then for the first time I saw my other love, the grand, and majestic Lake Superior, in its winter glory. The water was deep dark blue color, it was getting dark outside, crescent moon was hanging perfectly in the sky. (and of course I had not have a camera with me) And the waives, giant rolls of dark water crushing against the rocky shore. I still remember the sound of the water, it was so loud, and yet so peaceful. That single, cold minute in time made me fall in love with nature, all over again. 

We've traveled to U.P. quite some since that trip, mostly in the winter, once in the summer, and just last October was the first time we've visited in the fall. Little later in the season that I would prefer, but maybe this year, we can make it there for the color change.

Photography from my Upper Peninsula Winter 2009 B&W Collection (Houghton & Keweenaw Peninsula).


  1. Hello,

    I am trying to contact you to get permission to use one of your photos from Houghton, Michigan for a current project. What is the best way to contact you?

    1. Hey Madie,
      email me at myszka41(at)yahoo(dot)com.


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