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Childhood memories in the U.P.

August 10, 2009 - Linda Lobeck
My godson and his two younger brothers were visiting the area last week to spend time with their grandparents, my aunt and uncle. So many memories come back to the times, just like these, that my sisters and I spent with our grandparents My grandfather would load us up in the car usually on the weekends in the summertime and we'd take trips to some of the U.P. tourist spots. We went to Presque Isle in Marquette, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the glass bottom boat ride in Munising, Chicaugon Lake. Fort Michimillimac and Mackinac Island...just to name a few. Sometimes it was just a ride to parts unknown on a Sunday afternoon. Grandpa would take along his fishing rod "just in case" we happened by a fishing spot. He always did stop and Grandma always brought along the Sunday comics to read while he fished. Fishing was another activity that my Grandpa loved and as he got up in age, I'd go along with him in the boat or to his favorite spot. He usually had luck and had his picture taken on occasion for the newspaper with his big catch. It's not so much that I liked fishing -- it was more that I loved spending time with my Grandpa. And the rewards of fishing usually brought about a great meal of fish for supper! My godson turned 12 today and he and his brothers, ages 7 and 9, are at the age where they can also appreciate some of these great sights that the U.P. has to offer. On their visit to Iron Mountain, they spent time at the Iron Mountain Iron Mine and had a blast. The next day, they took the trip to Pictured Rocks and the Munising area. I can only hope that they cherish these times with their grandparents as did my sisters and I. We not only learned about what the Upper Peninsula has to offer but also from the wisdom of our grandparents. Even in these tough economic times, small trips to the many attractions in the U.P. can make for great family memories.


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