Friday, July 17, 2009
Winter in the Keweenaw may be all about snow, but summer is all about getting out and seeing people, doing everything you can (while there is no snow), and (also) getting ready for snow. If all you want to do is sit by a beach bonfire and watch the Lake Superior waves roll in at sunset you can certainly do that, but first you will have to resist the temptation to attend a veritable flurry of local festivals celebrating everything from strawberries, to bridges, to pasties, to mining history. Then, of course, there are the arts and crafts fairs, musical performances, bike races, Parks Service programs and guided hikes, art galleries, agate hunting, book stores, wild berries to pick and lighthouses to tour. Thankfully, the sun doesn't set until after 10:00 pm so there is almost time for everything, including making wood—that's the Yooper term for getting in firewood—in preparation for (what else?) snow.