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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Houghton, Michigan

Hello in blogger land! I'm happy to report we've safely arrived at the City of Houghton RV Park on the banks of Lake Portage after about 150 miles of soggy travel today. We left Wandering Wheels Campground in Munising, Mi. about 9:30 this morning in a pouring rain and it rained the whole trip except for maybe the last 10 miles. At least we didn't have to set up in the rain and this afternoon actually turned into a decent sunny afternoon. I spent the better part of the afternoon trying to get all the sand, dirt and mud off the rig, truck, and hoses, etc. I still need to wash the truck and rig but  at least I got the top layer of crud off. This park is owned and operated by the City of Houghton and is very nice with unique features. Each site has a shelter covering a picnic table and bench and is overlooking the lake. All the sites are full hook up with cable, wi-fi, 50 amp power, water and sewer and is a bargain at $35.00/night. It sure is nice to be off the dirt and sand of our previous 2 parks. The roads and sites here are asphalt. The park closes down for the year October 15.
         Our last day at Munising was spent traveling to Grand Marais which is a scenic section of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On the way there we spotted the Bear Trap Inn on  highway H58. They had a sign advertising Pasties, so we wheeled in there thinking this was our chance to see what all the fuss was about. Our waitress was delightful and fun to talk to and she told us all about the Pasties and informed us we were going to love it since this was our first experience with one. We both agreed she was right. Our Pastie was served with gravy and slaw and was mouth watering good. It had ground beef, potatoes, carrots, and other "secret" ingredients  that was prepared in a shell or crust resembling a fried pie crust. It's a hearty meal and is quite filling. we asked her about the winters there and she told us they were pretty bad. She said last winter was especially hard with a 2 week stretch of nights that got down to 20 below zero. She said it was so cold they ran out of firewood before they normally would have and that she and her hubby were out in the woods in knee deep snow cutting wood so they could stay warm. All this while she was 7 months pregnant. These are pretty hardy people and by the way, she told us she was a Yooper and proud of it! I asked her if we were considered trolls and she said yep, southern trolls! Her accent was unlike any I've heard before and was easy to listen to.
The Bear Trap Inn on Highway H58. If you're ever in the area stop in and order a Pastie!
Here it is, a full blown Pastie served with brown gravy and cole slaw.

Here's what the inside looks like. We covered ours with gravy, man it was good!

Collection of trophy's on wall of Bear Trap.

Crickett and our waitress, who was a delight. I forgot to get her name.
Harbor at Grand Marais

Memorial to commercial fishermen at Grand Marais Light House and museum.

Lighthouse at Grand Marais.

Clear cold water of Lake Superior.

Seawall in front of museum.

Lighthouse museum. Check out the fiberglass rod on the fire hydrant. It's placed there so firemen can find the hydrant when it's buried in the snow.

Coast Guard Auxillary Station.

Audible warning device on point of Grand Marais.

Popular beach at Grand Marais. It's deserted now. It's amazing how much this area looks like the ocean. Even has surf, but not as large.

Meet our good friends, Ron & Kay Servies from Knoxville, Tn. We met Ron & Kay in Shipshewana, In. and caught up with them again in Munising, Mi. Ron and Kay are also Bighorn RV owners and Ron is a ham (W4ZZL), like myself.  They headed back towards Tennessee from Munising. Hope to see you guys in Florida this winter.

Empty RV site here at City of Houghton RV Park.

Our site #12. Sites are a little narrow on the side but have the super nice covered deck area on back.

Here you can see our deck area.

View off our deck looking left. Our street is higher than the street below so the view is not blocked.

View off our deck looking right.


  1. Good looking campground....will you make it up to Copper Harbor?

  2. From Betty: beautiful ! We also had to have a pastime. Told us it was pronounced "posse"!