Several years ago, I went camping with my youth group. No idea why we decided to go to the UP (Upper Peninsula), but we did. There are many memories I have from this trip, some good, some bad. The two things that stuck out to me the most were the amount of ghost towns we drove past on the way up north and the giant thermometer by the highway that shows the record snowfall in certain years. I've always had this crazy urge to go wander around and explore ghost towns. When we got back from the trip I vowed that one day I would return and explore ghost towns!
The Actual Story:
... Now to the beginning. Tricia visited Minnesota recently and she agreed to go with me on my adventure up north. I don't think we realized what we were getting ourselves into. Michelle's family has a cabin up there and they were kind enough to let me use it for a few days. Most of this trip, I will admit, involves lounging around in the lake or other such nonsense. The first day there I decided it would be a good idea to sprain my ankle as I relate in Michigan, Cabin, and a Sprained Ankle. For the record, my ankle is still giving me trouble, but only on occasion. The real story is with the tour of ghost towns in the UP.
To be brief, there really weren't any. We drove all the way up to Copper Harbor, MI and discovered that most of the abandoned towns I had on my list were either completely decimated or reinhabited. Redridge boasted an abandoned sanitarium, but rumor suggested that a man with a gun liked to shoot at anyone coming too close. With my dog driving around with us, we decided to not test the fates. Most of the pictures I got were of places that have been preserved. It was a lovely drive, but definitely not all I was hoping it would be.
I haven't finished editing the pictures from the trip, you can blame a lack of motivation. When I finish, I will post a picture blog with locations and what we found there.
I've heard Detroit has some wonderful abandoned buildings, perhaps I will investigate. I've also heard tales of ghost towns in Arizona. Perhaps I will just chase some around.
**The record snowfall in the picture is over 32 feet in 1978-79.