the falls

Going back to our anniversary trip last fall, we left the U.P. and headed back into Wisconsin. 


We stopped at a beautiful waterfall. 








It was a beautiful cool day for a hike to the falls, and the colors were simply awesome!

open pit mine

Here are some photos of the once up and running open pit iron ore mine.  This mine is where my great grandfather worked up until it closed and just prior to it closing up fully he and my great grandmother along with their children moved to Illinois.  





The very sad thing is that my great grandmother Anna passed away shortly after moving down to Illinois. Unfortunately my two great aunts my grandfathers sisters talked my great grandfather into transporting her back up to Republic Michigan to be buried, but when my great grandfather passed away no one could afford to have his body transported to Republic so he is buried in Illinois. At least that is the story I recall hearing as to why he wasn’t buried next to his wife and young son. 

Family history is so fascinating to me and I never tire hearing stories about my ancestors. 

the cemetery



Finally after a few years of wanting to get here, I made it.  We had no idea where to begin looking for the gravesite. Jim went one way and I went another. I headed towards what I thought was an older section, eventually Jim ended up in the section I was searching and the next thing I knew he was yelling for me to come, he had found it.






I was quite surprised to see that my grandfathers brother who had passed away as a young child had a headstone.  My grandfathers mother Anna whose grave we were at had passed away 11 years after her young son had passed.  I’m not sure I had ever heard how he died or maybe I didn’t hear because no one knew or just didn’t talk about it.  Not sure if this was intended to be a family plot area, as my grandfathers sister and her husband are buried there as well.  Anna’s husband my great-grandfather is buried down in Illinois.

We noticed the writing on the stones was hard to read so I took my toothbrush and scrubbed them. Had to get a new tooth brush at our next stop. 

south republic

Some random shots of South Republic.



This museum unfortunately was not open when we stopped, guess we’ll have to go back.




This area has fascinated me for a long time, as I had a grandfather who worked in a copper mine in Hancock Michigan and my great grandfather who was married to my great grandmother whose grave we went to see worked in the iron ore mine here in Republic Michigan. 

This was by far for me the highlight of the trip, and more on the open pit mine later, I still have a lot more of this trip to share. 

heading into michigan

After leaving Eagle River we were on our way to Republic Michigan where my great grandmother is buried. 

It was a rainy dreary day as we left Wisconsin and entered Michigan.


The colors were not totally at their peak yet, but pretty all the same.



We found Republic Michigan, but the wrong Republic, we found South Rebublic, which apparently is the “new” Republic because they moved the town, only we could do that especially when I was telling him where to go...duh!  A post on South Republic will be next.

Anyway, this was the Republic we wanted, where the cemetery is.  It definitely is not the biggest of towns, but we had to ask someone where the cemetery was.


Not much was happening in Republic Michigan this day.  There was a nice campground here in town and maybe someday Jim and I will be back and camp there. 

40th anniversary trip

Jim and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at the end of September, so we decided to take a road trip.  I had been wanting to go and see my great grandmother’s grave which is about 6 hours away in Upper Michigan, so we decided to add it as a stop on our trip.  We headed to Northern Wisconsin and made a loop from there and ended up in Door County Wisconsin to end our trip.   

Our first stop was Eagle River, Wisconsin. We stayed in a cute lodge style hotel, which was very quiet as it was off season in Eagle River for any tourists visiting, and it was on a lake and Jim wanted to do some musky fishing so he just had to only cast his line off one of the docks there.





Jim went one morning with a guide to do some musky fishing on a boat, and while he was off fishing I took a drive and found this cute yarn shop.  I ended up talking to the owner and another customer who was actually there knitting for quite awhile.  It was a good thing hubby wasn’t waiting in the car while I shopped.  I did end up buying some yarn and a pattern, which I can’t wait to start.




I stopped on my on my way back to the hotel at the cutest restaurant and had a cup of chili and a sandwich.  




Our first stop was so much fun and the rest of the trip was just as fun. 

spending time in the U.P.

Mr and I went north last month where Mr helped our son build his sauna.  I kept the guys fed and Sadie and I would walk which was exercise for both of us.




The weather was nice and cool, perfect late spring/early summer days.  A couple days we would spy a pair of loons swimming in the lake.  The blueberries were just starting to get berries on them. Michigan blueberries...yum!  The shoreline was just so beautiful and peaceful, I totally see why people go there. 

elkhorn hot springs~august 2015

On our way west to our daughters wedding, we stopped at a 100 year old lodge that had a natural hot spring.  What drew Mr. to this was that it had a wet sauna.  We actually went off the beaten path to get to this place.   

Hot springs

It definitely was not the Ritz.  If you wanted rustic, you got rustic.  Picking out the cabin to sleep in for the night I wanted to sleep in The Badger, I figured that had to be a good one seeing that we are from the Badger state.

The badger



The view

The creek


Not sure if I showed you the yarn I had found earlier in the day on our way here.  I found it in a yarn shop called Daily Yarn in Dillon Montana.  How cool is that!  Of course I had to buy something from a shop called Daily Yarn. 

So while Mr. went fly fishing I sat on the front porch of the cabin and knitted.

Mountain colors

I have to relate a funny that happened.  We had food in the back of our truck and asked the worker there if there were bears and if we had to bring our food into the cabin or lock them in the cab of the truck.  No, he said. they only have red fox no bears.  Okay so we're good.  Well at 1:00 a.m. the trucks alarm went off.  We both pretty much jumped out of our deep sleep.  Mr. went out to check things and nothing, not sure why the alarm went off.  So, after things were checked out and all was good we settled down to try and go back to sleep.  I then got the giggles.  Mind you I am short and my feet were hanging off the bottom of the bed as well as Mr.'s, we were both sliding off the bed.  The floor in the cabin had a slant to it, if you put a marble in one corner of the cabin it would roll to the opposite corner. We sure had a good laugh.

Would we go back?  Absolutely.




Going back to posting photos of our trip to our daughters wedding back in 2015.  We were driving somewhere out in Montana and came upon what looked like a home that had been dug into the side of a hill.  Though we were pressed for time it would have been neat to stop and get out for a closer look.

last days

Taking a photo of Mr taking a photo of a crab moving in the shallow water.  I'm sorry to say that I did jinx the Packers by buying Packer colored yarn...sorry Packer fans. Our life here down on the island is coming to an end and we'll be heading back to the cold snowy weather, awe poor us you're thinking right (LOL).  We really enjoyed ourselves down here, especially getting to see the kids and grandkids, and I will miss them immensely.