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Travel Theme: Through

  The waters of Lake Superior have a tumultuous and sordid history to them.  They are one of the busiest commecial waterways in the world, despite its relative remote location.  For the last 200 years, boats shipping out the locally mined copper ore have passed through the Soo Locks. The problem with shipping from Lake…

Beaches  . . . this beach is littered with the remnant driftwood of the decayed woodlands of the Canadian Shield. In the winter, the sand and the ice and the shards of decaying driftwood jet out like oversized splinters on a frostbitten skin . . .

Travel Theme: Beaches

Thailand, where I am now, has its share of magnificent beaches. Mountain-encircled. Clear blue watered. Silhouettes of fishing boats crawl along the horizon mimicking snails. So too did Malaysia and Puerto Rico before that. However, the beach I chose to share for this Travel Theme, Whitefish Point, is one of the most uniquely iconic I…

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Weekly Travel Theme: Up

Up is that dreadful direction I had to go nearly every night back when I lived on that island without cars.  For the first 2 summers I had been there, it had been conveniently placed at this jittery Pancake House right in town.  This summer, it was ‘Up the Hill’ or in “The Village” as…

Surat Thani from where I stayed.

A Michigan Island in Surat Thani?

  It’s odd how enigmatic random chance can be sometimes.  While the boat ride back from Koh Phangan was entirely uneventful and mostly just spent continuing the travelogue I hadn’t picked up since getting to the island, I was in for a surprise once on the bus back to Surat Thani. This bus was much…

'The Other Side' - Ahead lay the Bridge at 
Mackinac; the way in and the way out.  And beyond that, an Otherworld.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Near and Far

Whatever happens in the Outside world anymore, it doesn’t matter to him.  This place, these people, they are not coterminous. Ahead lay the Bridge at Mackinac; the way in and the way out.  And beyond that, an Otherworld. The Only world so far as the Soldier is concerned, full of its own truths and myths…

The Straits of Mackinac

“On da sixth day he created da bridge so da trolls would have a way to get to heaven.” -Da Yooper Creation Story The Straits of Mackinac always have been, and continue to be my favorite spot in the world.  At first glance, it’s a down-turning tourist trap on both sides of a very large…

A Crossroads In Seney

“In Seney, you don’t lose your woman, you just lose your turn.” – Andy’s Seney Bar motto Quite literally in the middle of nowhere in the U.P. stands the ghost town of Seney.  A century ago, this was a bustling hub of the logging and railroad industries.  Along with the these industries came the loggers,…