if you visit the upper peninsula, you have to leave with a bag or two of trenary toast which is sort-of like a cross between cinnamon toast and a crisp bread like biscotti. in keeping with areas Finnish heritage, the bread is inspired by the finnish crisp korppu breads.
they’ve been making the bread at the bakery since the 1930s so they pretty much got it perfected by now and they don’t seem like the types to tinker with a good thing. when asked by a detroit free press reporter, what’s with the boring bag?”, the owner replied, “it’s always been that way.”
you could always make your own, but it probably wouldn’t be the same.
odin contemplates the american labor movement’s impact on child labor while helping grandpa salmi clean out a trailer on labor day.
while i am making light of the irony of him doing work on labor day, we did visit the flint sit-down strike memorial earlier in the summer and never got around to posting it. i think he might have had some distant relatives who were involved in the seminal event in labor history.
they very much enjoyed the swim at a nice beach where the au train river empties into the chilly waters of lake superior just west of munising.
the surface water temperature maps claim the water might be breaking 60°F but it sure didn’t feel like a degree above 50°F. brrrrrrrrr.
odin’s great-grandmother, ida salmi lived in rock michigan ( population: herb’s bar through the late 60s and 1970’s. she’s since passed but her house and sauna are just around the corner and down the street. we’re lucky to have a sauna mirror that her son, odin’s grandfather, made hanging in our own sauna.
while i’ve never had a drink there, the inside of herb’s has the vibe of a a great upper peninsula dive bar in the very best sense of the phrase.
we were in rock on this particular day to watch them celebrate their 150th anniversary labor day parade.
frida is not normally a fan of playing fetch but when there’s another dog and water involved she clearly enjoys herself.
forest fires in canada are causing hazy skies and crazy sunsets ( and moonrises ) in the upper peninsula of michigan.
we decided to take a little hike pre-birthday hike up hogback mountain near marquette, michigan.
we didn’t know it at the time but some consider it one of the most difficult hikes in michigan. i don’t know about that, but it was challenging. the hard work was worth it though because the view of lake superior and the surrounding area was gorgeous.
super serious selfie alert! hiking and climbing and serious business
do yourself a favor and click through the panorama and view full sized on a large screen.
poppi, always with the picture taking.
on vacation in michigan, enjoying the dunes and beach at p.j. hoffmaster state park.
literally found at the end of a 10 mile run in the lovely upper peninsula of michigan not far from the stonington point lighthouse.