Friday, July 8, 2011

The Rocky Shores of Lake Superior

I am a native Michigander Michiganian.  I was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula then moved to the Lower Peninsula for college and a job.  I moved to the South when I got married at age 26, but my mom still lives in the U.P., and I try to go home at least once a year.

Next week will be a bittersweet one for me.  We'll be traveling to the U.P. to sell my mom's house, our family home for almost 50 years.  All of my siblings and our families will be reuniting for one last look. Sniff!

Our house was built in the early 1900's when copper was king and mining was a booming industry.  The mines closed over 40 years ago, and the economy never recovered.   The natural beauty of the U.P. continued to attract many tourists from Detroit, though, until the automotive industry ran into its own troubles in the 1980s and beyond.  Then even tourism dollars dried up.

But the beauty remains, and my memories run deep as that copper ore in the belly of the earth.

Next week, we will definitely go to the shores of Lake Superior to feed the geese and ducks,

skip (and climb!) rocks,

maybe stick our toes in that cold, clear water (BRRR!),

and take in the beautiful vistas and untouched beauty.

I know that we need to sell the house,; but it feels like the end of an era.  I want to remember all of the people and pieces from my childhood, and not having the touchstone of my home to do it in seems unthinkable.  But time marches on, even if we sometimes want to lag behind.


alissa said...

What beautiful photos Vicki! The beauty of Michigan never fails to amaze me. I hope you have a wonderful trip Up North even though it will be bittersweet.

Red Couch Recipes said...

I wish you luck in this -- one of the hard things in life. Just thinking about my childhood home brings tears to my eyes. I haven't seen it for over 8 years and when I did someone else owned it, but it was still emotional to see it and think of my parents who were gone. I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and if you can believe it, I never went to the UP. A lot of my friends did. Your pics are so beautiful. I wish your well. Joni

bythebrookdesigns said...

Beautiful pictures!

The Café Sucré Farine said...

I totally understand how you feel, my mom passed away in April and in May I traveled to Wisconsin and walked through the house for the last time. It was also our family home for 50 years. It was so bittersweet, but thank goodness we have an eternal home that we will never have to leave! Blessings - Chris