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Old 08-14-2007, 03:13 PM   #1
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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
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What you see once in the UP
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Small pit stop just west of the bridge in the UP (Lake Michigan)
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Western UP at the Lake Superior shoreline at MIsery Bay
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My wife at the Misery Bay shoreline
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Houghton MI, crossing north across Lake Portage into Hancock MI
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Brockway Mountain in Copper Harbor - view over the area and Lake Superior
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Our cabin for the weekend
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Tucked away spot we found on a seasonal road - Lake Superior shore again (notice the rock beach)
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Yours truly (yes, I scaled up the side of those rock walls to get to the top)
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Map of where we were atop Brockway Mountain
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One of hundreds of waterways under the road
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Natural waterfall
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Snowfall ruler!!
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Typical driving conditions in the Kewenaw penninsula (US-41)

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South side of the peninsula shoreline
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Shoreline where Lac La Belle meets Lake Superior
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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:
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And, finally, of all people, Oprah Winfrey has a hide out in Copper Harbor. Here'* the enterance to her gated "compound"

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Very nice looks like a great trip. I would love to do it myself someday
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That looks like a wonderful trip. Scenery is amazing.....so cool and relaxing looking (made me forget about the current 100*+ temps here)

Thanks for sharing!
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Man i live in michigan and didnt even know about that. Great pics and only makes me want to get my butt up there and relax...
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Nice pix!
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Looks like ya had the place to your selves.

Cool pics Mark,
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WOW! What a beautiful escape from the city life!!! Makes me want to go there... they just get too much snow for my taste!! The water is so gorgeous in the pictures you took also! And I'd just like to point out... you could totally crawl under the gate to Oprah'* joint! LOL!!! Guess that'* the just the trouble maker in me thinking!
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Looks like ya had a great time up there

Those are some awesome pics
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I'm gonna be living in Houghton (Mich Tech) in a year so I'll be able to take in the beauty.

Did you take I-75 up or US-23? because if you took 23 to the bridge you drove right through Alpena, and you could've stopped and said Hi :P
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Nice pics, Mark. It'* been a few years since I've been to the U.P. Nicely done.
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