OF ALL THE PLACES IN THE WORLD,
WHY THE U.P. REMAINS THE SUPERIOR PLACE TO BE!
The great secret that most people who visit Michigan’s unsurpassed, wonderful, wild and inviting Upper Peninsula never understand, even when they witness it firsthand, is that; it is not just a state of being; it is a state of mind. To be sure, people from other states and regions feel that their home area is unique and wonderful as well. I am glad they feel that way. However, once you discuss the pros and cons, you will likely hear such caveats as, “well, it can be really hot and humid here,” or (insert here any of the following: tornados, earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, avalanches, Santa Anna winds, “Biblical” droughts, snakes, spiders, scorpions, etc) and it’s not so nice after all.
In the U.P., however, the complaints usually revolve around ticks, mosquitoes, and the long winter. As I have said hundreds of times, “it keeps the riff raff out!” Compared with other national regions, we have an abundance of trees, lakes, fertile ground, wildlife, game, trophy Great Lake’s fish, mystery, moonlight, and northern lights that were surely born here in some distant past.
Add to that a culture that personifies and promotes rugged individualism, (occasionally known as hard headism) a firm knowledge and care for the neighbors, and an almost fanatical appreciation of the wilderness that has guarded the doorway to this vast beautiful frontier.
Fish fries, summer league softball, and winter time darts, are almost Olympic status games that define Friday nights at a remote bar where the four wheeler or snow machine is parked while the games unfold. Camping in the pristine backwoods with two or three other families enjoying hours around a real campfire, gives us hands down, the winner’s trophy in American vacation places most desired by other Americans.
It is this timeless expression of quality of life issues that our newspaper will try to capture each issue for you and those who visit with us. We already know most of these things, but in case you have forgotten just what makes us loveable—in spite of ourselves—sometimes it is this. No matter how trying and difficult the times may be or how saddened we become over the loss of our national identity and historical pride, we are just eleven months away from the next installment of the outhouse races in Trenary!
We hope you will come along with us as we ride from corner to corner in the greatest expanse of beauty in the world. The State of Superior does exist—if only where we who live here can confirm that it is right outside our door.
Written by Greg Evensen for The Superior Times