“One Block South of the Blinking Yellow Light”
Story Behind the Name
When you hit the U.P., it’s completely different. For instance, there are less traffic lights. So in Naubinway, they can use the one blinking yellow stop light in town as a landmark on how to find the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum. It didn’t stop us from blowing past it the first time and having to double back.
For over sixty years, the community of Houghton Lake, which by the way is on Houghton Lake, has been hosting a winter festival called Tip-Up Town USA. For ten days every January, Fishermen come from all over the Midwest to put up shanties, drill holes in the ice and catch fish. They catch walleye, pike, bluegill, perch and even a fish called a crappie. I’m not a fisherman, but I’d probably avoid that last one.
There’s no other place like it on earth, and the great thing about it is, it’s all ours. The incredible winter adventures you can have in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will create memories that will last a lifetime. As writer, thinker and Nobel laureate Sinclair Lewis once wrote, “Winter’s not a season, it’s an occupation,” and in the U.P., it’s a fulltime job. And it’s a job I absolutely love. If you’re going to have winter, you may as well do it up right, and in the U.P., they do it up right alright.
Next, we traveled back to the Upper Peninsula’s largest city, Marquette. It’s located right in the middle of the U.P. on the shores of Lake Superior. We came to Marquette this past summer and fell in love with the place. This city has everything: great shops, cool restaurants and a great urban feel that’s set in the middle of some of the most beautiful natural surroundings imaginable. It really is a great place to be.
The great thing about this trip north wasn’t just the cool people I met, the things I learned or the places I saw. It was also about the inspiration it gave me to come back and discover more.