Day #131 – Finishing up the U.P.

LOCATION:  Brimly, Michigan in NE Upper Peninsula
CAMPGROUND:  Brimly State Park
WEATHER:  Another beauty!  High 78 and sunny

Today is our last full day in the Upper Peninsula.  We have spent the last month traveling from west to east U.P and zig-zagged north and south.  It has been absolutely lovely.  People warned us about mosquitoes and biting flies, but they were nowhere to be found.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather.  Almost every day’s high has been in the 70s, with cool overnights great for campfires and sleeping. 

We hit the road this morning to explore the far eastern part of the U.P.  We drove through a lot of farm country with farmers working in the hayfields.  We passed several Amish in their horse and buggies.  When we got to the end of the road – De Tour Village, we admired the Lake Huron coast.  On a whim, we hopped on the ferry to Drummond Island. 

It is amazing how they cram the vehicles on this 40-vehicle boat.  A big semi was next to us.

The island is not very developed, and I think the islanders like it that way.  It is popular for birding and for ATV-riding; snowmobiling in the winter.  We found a nice “northwoodsy” restaurant for a whitefish sandwich lunch.

We asked about winter ferries.  They do travel throughout the year, and have some kind of ice-breaker on the helm to cut through the ice. 

After a few hours on the island, the ferry returned us back to DeTour Village, which is really cute

We made a big loop to head back to our park..  One of our friends in Retama Village had recommended a fish shop near our campgroun so  we went to buy some fish for dinner.  They sell out early, and we were lucky to get the last of the morning’s catch. 

The owner told us some interesting history….Her grandfather had been ticketed for fishing illegally a long time ago on Lake Superior.   He fought the case, all the way to the Supreme Court, and the result is today’s legislation about tribal fishing rights throughout the USA.  He is kind of famous. 

On our way back, we spotted this cute-looking bar/restaurant on the lake. 

We sat out on the deck enjoying the lakefront view

This Bloody Mary was huge! 

While we were on the deck, we suddenly got cell service; our phones haven’t worked for about 2 weeks.  We caught up with phone messages, and read notes from Canada friends informing us that the border will open in August.  So, YAY – we are going to Canada!!!!  Let the planning ensue!

DINNER:  George grilled the whitefish fillets directly on the grate over the campfire..  He seasoned them with butter, salt, and pepper.  Nothing else was needed.  I made a side salad that was very tasty….

GREEK CHICKPEA SALAD

Just combine all of this together….

2/3 cup vinaigrette salad dressing (make your own with red wine vinegar, or use store-bought)
1 T minced shallot
2 cans chickpeas (drained, rinsed, and patted dry)
2 cups Persian cucumbers chopped
2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Chopped basil (I substituted a teaspoon of pesto)
1/2 cup chopped parsley
Oregano, salt, and pepper

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