View of Queen and her court posing on illuminated ice sculpture during the Winter Carnival in Escanaba, Michigan. Printed on back: “Queen and court, Escanaba Winter Carnival, Escanaba, Mich. Plan your winter vacation in Escanaba, in the heart of ‘Hiawathaland.’ Perhaps nowhere is there more natural country for the enjoyment of winter vacations … highways kept in perfect condition for travel, easily accessible by rail or air, plenty of natural ice for skating and ice boating. Excanaba has the largest and most perfectly conditioned outdoor ice rink in America. You will enjoy your skating here. There are convenient hotels, with the warmth and hospitality of this north country. Made in U.S.A. by E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.” Date unknown.

  • Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

Tahquamenon Falls State Park, The Upper Peninsula, Michigan. 

We took a ride over the Mighty Mac to the see some the falls and go for a short hike. The falls apparently this color because of tannic acid from decaying pine trees further upstream. I personally think it looks like a waterfall of cola. Things are a little different up in the U.P. and not just the waterfalls. 


This is an 8'x10’ Dovetailed log cabin that I found on a remote lake in Northern Michigan. It is hidden on a ridge over the lake in the trees, you can only see a hint of it from the lake. While canoeing the lake I slipped through a channel into a smaller lake and glimpsed a roof line in the trees. I thought it was a deer blind, but as I got closer I could see it was something more. I landed and climbed the ridge to check it out, and this is what I found.