The Keweenaw

Karl - Hancock, Michigan
Entered on October 9, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: nature, place

I believe that the Keweenaw is one of the most wonderful places on earth to live . It offers some of the most rugged landscape in the country. It also offers access to the largest body of fresh water in the world: Lake Superior. This land and water can be enjoyed in all four very different seasons.

I remember a warm Saturday at the beginning of March that I really experienced the Keweenaw for all it is.

The day started off with a hiking excursion into the higher terrain in the Keweenaw. Two friends and I went into the bush trying to find a spot to build a snowboarding jump. We went to what we thought would be a good spot, strapped our snowshoes on and headed out. There was a fresh layer of snow from the night before so everything was bright white. The temperature was a warm 32 degrees. After a cold winter you could almost smell spring on the warm air. We hiked around all morning with no good spot for a snowboarding jump. We did however find some very awesome places. We found the foundation to an old house that we had a snack in. We also found some amazing views of Lake Superior from the tops of the cliffs. We finished the hike off with throwing snowballs at a stop sign in the warm sun.

After the snowshoeing we were a bit bummed that the trip did not involve snowboarding. We decided to go to a place that we knew we would be able to snowboard. We headed over to Mont Ripley. The snow was soft already and the group of kids that we snowboard with was already there. After getting warmed up, we all had one of the best days of riding in the winter. Everyone was having a great time and the weather was perfect.

After a while on the hill we were all starting to get hungry. We left the hill for some pizza. While we were eating, we got a call saying that some friends were going ice fishing. We decided to head out with them to the lake. The sun was getting low on the horizon and the air was getting crisp. Out on the lake there was a good wind, so we got bundled up and went out for an afternoon of fishing. We got everything set up and we waited. The first walleye was caught by my friend who had never caught a walleye before. We caught a ton of fish. We had never done so well before while ice fishing. The sun was setting as we were fishing and we started talking about how we had been up and doing things outside since the sun had come up. It had been a long day, but we experienced so much and we weren’t even on vacation or anything. This is where we live. We walked out in the dark and loaded up the trucks. After we got home we barely had time to fillet the fish before we all fell asleep from exhaustion.

I think that the Keweenaw is one of the coolest places that I have ever been. That day I was able to take advantage of three things that it has to offer: Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, and ice fishing. We experienced more in one day than most people have the opportunity to in a week. That is why I believe that the Keweenaw is the best place in the world to live.