From the first day we pulled into Houghton on our way north to Copper Harbor, we have nothing but wonderful things to say about the town. We needed somewhere to have our 5th wheel and truck tires filled with air, saw a billboard that advertised a tire company behind the McDonalds. We pulled in to the tire company and were helped immediately. No problem to check and fill all the tires with air. The service man who helped us was so friendly. He and Bob chatted the whole time. The service man let us know our tires are in good shape.
On our way south from Copper Harbor, the City of Houghton RV Park fit the bill perfectly for our two-night stay. As an added bonus, it was on Portage Lake so the view out our back window was of water, fall colors, and the city of Hancock across the water. It felt like a scene out of New England. Just down the road from the RV park is Roy's Pasties and Bakery where we made ourselves right at home for a couple of meals. We enjoyed being in a town with all the major fast food chains, good grocery stores, and a Walmart. Houghton could very easily become a destination for us if we travel the Upper Peninsula of Michigan again. Who knows? We might come back in the springtime some year.
Before we checked out of the RV park at noon, we headed to Roy's for a pasty lunch and a side of cinnamon roll and Bismarck for the road. Then we were off a whopping 99 miles to Marquette, Michigan, my father's birthplace. I don't know how long he lived there, but I will ask my Aunt Flora when I see her.
Marquette is another town we both liked. Our plan, after we checked in to Marquette Tourist Park, was to do one of the two Volksmarches in Marquette.
|Drive going into Marquette Tourist Park|
|Our 30 amp, electric-only site in Marquette Tourist Park|
We drove to the Landmark Inn which is the start point for two different Volksmarches in Marquette. It was rainy, windy and cold. As Bob was parking the truck and I walked to the door of the Inn, I thought to myself, "What are you doing? You know you hate to walk in the rain. Do you really want to walk for two hours in frigid temperatures with rain blowing sideways?" Absolutely not when we could drive around town in the nice warm truck. Bob had just finished parallel parking The Beast when I came back. I hopped in the truck and off we went to see what Marquette has to offer.
|Freighter filled with iron ore|
|Old sandstone church|
|The Ridge neighborhood|
|Marquette County Courthouse|
|Another beautiful church|
|Marquette Harbor Ore Dock with pockets.|
|History of Marquette Harbor|
|Marquette Power Station|
|Presque Isle Ore Dock|
|Superior Dome at Northern Michigan University|
|Presque Isle Park view of Lake Superior|
|Catching the wave|
|Iron ore train on top of ore dock. Iron ore goes down chutes|
to be loaded onto waiting ships.
|James L. Kuber ship being loaded with iron ore. |
Notice the tugboat right behind it.
Travel Bug out.