My wife and I went to Copper Harbor, MI for our 5 year anniversary. For those of you not familiar with Copper Harbor, it'* the northern-most point in the northern penninsula of MIchigan. It juts in Lake Superior 55 miles from the mainland. Back in the mid 1800s the area was very rich in copper which resulted in a "copper rush". That ceased in the early 1900s. Now it'* a semi-secretive tourist destination. Only a few hundred residents remain in the town year round. And, since it'* so far north, tourism is limited compared to what you'd find in most northern towns. Anyway..here goes...
We took 525 pics, but these are my favorite 60 or so. 1,450 miles in 4 days!
Approach to the Mackinaw Bridge
What you see once in the UP
Small pit stop just west of the bridge in the UP (Lake Michigan)
Western UP at the Lake Superior shoreline at MIsery Bay
My wife at the Misery Bay shoreline
Houghton MI, crossing north across Lake Portage into Hancock MI
Brockway Mountain in Copper Harbor - view over the area and Lake Superior
Our cabin for the weekend
Tucked away spot we found on a seasonal road - Lake Superior shore again (notice the rock beach)
Yours truly (yes, I scaled up the side of those rock walls to get to the top)
Map of where we were atop Brockway Mountain
One of hundreds of waterways under the road
Typical driving conditions in the Kewenaw penninsula (US-41)
South side of the peninsula shoreline
Shoreline where Lac La Belle meets Lake Superior
We took a tour of the Quincy Copper Mine. It ceased production in the mid 1940s. However, the highlight is this 17 ton piece of copper that was recovered in Eagle Harbor (15 miles south of Copper Harbor) in 2001:
And, finally, of all people, Oprah Winfrey has a hide out in Copper Harbor. Here'* the enterance to her gated "compound"