On April 18th 1944 a B-17 Bomber crashed in the Porcupine Mountains. The bomber on a training mission left Sioux City Iowa in route to Marquette Michigan. West of Marquette an engine caught fire and they were ordered to head to Duluth Minnesota for repairs. They did not make it to Duluth, the crew bailed out over the Porcupine Mountains, and the plane crashed just south of Lake of the Clouds. The men all survived and walked out to Silver City Michigan. The Propeller of the plane is on display at what is now a gift shop in Silver City. The shop was a bar back when the crew walked into Silver City in 1944. The bar owner at the time got the propeller as a great souvenir. I do not understand why they did not try to land in Marquette, as Duluth is quite a long distance from their location where the engine caught fire. It is quite a story and a great bit of history. The men who survived the war returned for a reunion in 1991. Sadly, the pilot was shot down over France and died. The rest of the crew was hidden by the French underground and a few spent the war in a German prison camp. When you think about what these young people did for their country, it is quite astounding. Young men during WWII had responsibilities that young people cannot even fathom today. War today is something most young men only see on a PlayStation game. With the exception of a few in Iraq. The numbers of young people who gave their lives in WWII is shocking if you study it.
This week while traveling all over Upper Michigan this lady was spotted with a tattoo.While most is covered with a strap, you may be able to figure out that it's the U.P of Michigan tattooed on the upper back. You have to be a hardcore Yooper or lover of the U.P to do that I'd say.
A short drive off of South Boundary Road and a quick half mile hike up to Summit Peak to one of the highest points in Michigan. The highest point is in the Huron Mts. The view is wonderful of Lake Superior and would be better during the fall. In the bottom picture is Copper Peak which has the highest ski jump in the Midwest. It's barely visible if you look hard. The distance is about 20 miles to Copper Peak from Summit Peak.
At the end of M-107 the road comes to a parking lot and 300 feet up a nicely blacktopped walking trail is the scenic Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. The State of Michigan is building more viewing platforms. In Canada in the parks they call these viewing Pods. Whatever you wish to call them the view is fine. If your really good at guessing peak fall color this would be the place to be at that time. I tried last visit and missed the peak by one week. Someday I will hit the peak color on a clear fall sunny day and hike the trail the climbs the ridge to the East. Can't do it all otherwise you wouldn't have a reason to return.
In the U.P of Michigan along the shore of Lake Superior is Silver City MI.It's a very small town,only a motel,small store and a few restaurants. But what is nearby a wonderful beach and the Porcupine Mountains. Judging from all the stuffed bears for sale in the store there must be alot of bears in the area. The stiff breeze created some nice waves at the beach.