Tag Archives: Lon Emerick

JAN. 26, 1837

As state turns 182, the U.P. remains a northern paradise Story and photo by Lon Emerick Michigan, admitted to the Union on Jan. 26, 1837, is still very youthful and beautiful at 182 years old. Especially my homeland, the Upper Peninsula.  We almost did not have this wondrous land above the Straits of Mackinac. In […]

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My heroes have always been women

by Lon Emerick And they still are, it seems (Thank you, Willie Nelson, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys). Females are special with their own brand of frustration from being marginalized too long. Sadly, many still struggle for themselves, their daughters and for women everywhere. Now, a nostalgic octogenarian, I often sit and muse a […]

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The view from eighty

by Lon Emerick, Foster Creek Homestead It happened so fast. I woke up one morning and discovered an octogenarian in my house. Me. Well, I should have known—after all, several of my former students were retired or approaching retirement. Sunrise, sunset, swiftly go the years. I don’t remember growing older… when did they? So this is what […]

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Notes from the North Country

by Lon and Lynn Emerick A pair of ravens lives on our Foster Creek Homestead (perhaps the birds see it differently and we live on the Raven Home Place). In winter, they follow us about on our daily snowshoe soirees. Although they talk to each other in an extensive lexicon, this wild pair of ravens […]

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In the Outdoors

   Notes from the North Country by Lon and Lynn Emerick In the present worldwide economic climate, we’ll hear much about the Gross National Product Index or GNP. It’s a compilation of the prices of housing, food, fuel and other aspects of living in what are termed “developed countries.” But have you heard about the […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

Notes from the North Country Let’s take a stroll through the autumn forest, admire the annual display of color and visit the ghost village of Rock Kiln in western Alger County. An interpretive sign provides some background on this village that flourished in the late 1880s. Just ahead is a long row of the remains […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

Our friend Chris was dying. Almost one year later, it is hard to believe and hard to write. She had been a friend to so many, almost from the day she and her husband arrived in Marquette. Chris had come up alone from the “Lower” on a house-hunting trip while Rob was teaching at a […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

If you take paths less traveled in the Upper Peninsula, wondrous discoveries wait around every curve. Like dark mysterious rivers, old pathways flow quietly through the forests, taking the explorer back through time to a simpler era. Following ancient woods roads, old fire lanes and abandoned railway spurs whither they wander is addictive. They offer […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

Sled dog racing steps front and center this month as mushers, their dogs and spectators, all from across the country and Canada converge on the central U.P. for a trio of races. The headline event is the annual UP200, a 260-mile mid-distance race roughly following the Lake Superior shoreline from Marquette to Grand Marais and […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

The small group of hikers sat on a sunny, rocky outcrop overlooking a small wilderness lake. There were no sounds except their own, the ripples of the lake and the call of a loon around a nearby point. Joining in a trip sponsored by a local organization, they had enjoyed the hike to the lake, […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

Follow your passion, the sage advises. Seek that which you love to do, make it your life’s mission and surely you will find peace and harmony of spirit. Mark Silver has found his passion: he is the maker of exquisitely crafted firearms. No, not just a fabricator of guns, he is a creator of period […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon & Lynn Emerick

It was time to plant the final flag. Reverently, with joy and hopefulness, we place the small green banner with large white letters proclaiming “Save the U.P.” near the very tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The pennants were already waving at the other three corners of the Upper Peninsula—near Ironwood, Detour and Brimley. We had […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

It happens on almost every outing of the Thoreau Sauntering Club: a pleasant surprise. We have been astonished by the sight of two tundra swans resting in a small slip of open water on a remote lake in winter; amazed by the aquatic mating frenzy of hundreds of carp at the end of the Stonington […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

You’ve been following the two-lane pavement north from Marquette toward the end of the road. You turn off on a narrow dirt track, and after a short bumpy ride, emerge into a gravel parking lot. Views of Lake Superior entice you from all directions. From here, you walk….on up the track to a point overlooking […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon & Lynn Emerick

What rich lives we lead in this superior peninsula—no, not in material things, surely not in bank accounts, but rather that we are privileged to dwell so close to sparkling lakes, singing rivers, dense forests. Thanks to the encouragement of Marquette Monthly publisher Pat Ryan-O’Day, we are going to be allowed to share our journey […]

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