LOCATION: Houghton, Michigan – in western side of Upper Peninsula
CAMPGROUND: Houghton City RV Park. Beautiful park – right on river that leads to Lake Superior. Each site has a covered picnic table, waterfront views, fire pit, stand-up grill, level/paved site and space between sites. Full hook-ups plus cable. Great wifi. BUT – no bathrooms/showers! At $50/night, should offer shower house. 4 stars out of 5
WEATHER: Beautiful. High 75
DISTANCE DRIVEN: 1.5 hours
The extent to which I go to post this blog each day! (Just joking)…..
I had spotted a hiking trail from our campground to the visitor center (which has wifi), so I decided to go there early this AM to post the blog. The trail started out fine, then turned into a jungle. Thank goodness, the trees were marked to define the path.
In the many wet places with standing water, I had to cross a narrow plank, keeping my balance while swatting pesky mosquitoes.
After doing my wifi business, I opted to make the 1-mile hike on the highway instead of facing the jungle again.
Then, George and I were off for one more hike in the Porcupine Mountains before setting off. This trail was a loop around an old copper mine from the 1800s.
Before we set off on the hike, I needed to use the pit toilet. Never a pleasant experience, but this was a first……I looked down into the “deep” and was shocked to see a snake swimming among the you-know-what! I really had to go, and I was so afraid it would jump up and bite my bottom!!!! Happy to say I survived this episode!
Who rates these trails? The difficulty on this one was categorized as “easy”. Ha!
This one had some challenging plank-walking, too.
It was very lush. We are always fascinated by wood ears like these
Back at the campground, we watched the “newbie” family next to us pack up. It was a real challenge for them to get all their stuff packed back in their small car (plus 2 kids and a dog). It sort of grew while they were here.
Even though they were real camping novices, they were a very nice family.
We had a pleasant, short drive to our next destination, passing by landscape that looks like it could host a moose. No sightings, though.
Houghton appears to be a cool college town, right on the river. It used to be a major shipping and distribution center. Many of the old warehouses have been turned into commercial enterprises or condos. We walked along the river front…
…..to a brewpub, of course! Very friendly staff and customers.
DINNER: Thai pho noodles. I added more noodles and vegetables to a Trader Joe’s frozen meal. It was very good.
From our back window (bedroom), I watched the water-skiers and jet-skiers until about 10:30 PM, while it was still light. Beautiful!