Ending our status as nomads (hopefully permanently!), my husband and I bought a home in northern Michigan early in 2010.Β  This blog is a chronicle of our adventures Up North, both big and small. And also whatever else I feel compelled to share.

I post lots of nature photos, because we are absolutely surrounded by unspoiled splendor. If you’re ever interested in a hi-res version of any of them, let me know and we’ll work something out.

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  1. When I was 12, I moved to Scotland. More specifically, Up North. Now that I’m in the city, I spend a lot of time dreaming about moving back up there. Even though it’s a different North, I’m living vicariouly through your posts!

    • Isn’t the blogging world cool like that? I grew up on a farm in southern Ohio and then moved all over. Despised the city (Miami, FL). I am not a cold person, so I think everyone – myself included – has been a bit surprised how much I love it up here.

  2. Just stumbled upon your blog, I’m originally from the state, though I now live in DC. I still go Up North to our family cottage every summer though, I love the lifestyle! Looking forward to getting a little piece of MI from your blog.

    • Thanks for stopping by! We love it here, and frequently talk about how happy we are to have made the move (and lucky we have jobs to bring with us). Glad to be a portal into northern MI for you πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Heather,
    It’s nice to meet you. I’m live in New York City, so I look forward to hearing about your adventures in Michigan. A nice change of pace!

    • I’m so glad you stopped by! I hope you find something here you like πŸ™‚ I look forward to checking out your blog when I’m not catching up on everything right before bed πŸ˜‰

    • I’m glad you’ve found a small piece of childhood here πŸ™‚ I love Michigan, and reaffirmed that the UP isn’t too far away, so I’ll be posting more pictures of the northern LP and the UP. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  4. Happy to have found your blog! I’m originally from Michigan and go to Manistee every year to visit family. We’ve been thinking of moving back there and now you’re really starting to convince me… πŸ™‚

  5. So glad to have found you. I live in southern Michigan (except for winters in Florida now that my body no longer likes the cold) and think there is nowhere better than Michigan.

    • Aw, Pat, I’m so glad you left me a comment πŸ™‚
      My husband and I visited northern Michigan while on a road trip in 2008, and I’ve never felt more at home in a place. I’d never been here before, but my soul just felt drawn to northern Michigan. We’ve been here just over three years, and I look forward to every day. (Which isn’t to say that I don’t look forward to spending some of them in warmer places πŸ˜‰ )

      • Welcome, I’m so glad you are enjoying your new home. There is so much to see – we have been exploring MI for our whole lives and are still excited about it.

  6. Even though we are moving out West, I do enjoy our beloved Michigan through your blogs. Come and see us sometime and we will show you the beauty of Arizona. When it is hot outside, we will think about the coolness and clean air of Northern Michigan. Love to you and Tony, Grandma Higham

    • Thanks so much for this Grandma Bonnie πŸ™‚ Tony and I have been throwing around an AZ visit, but I’m not sure when we’ll do it. When we do, we will certainly swing by the Surprise area for some Higham hospitality!

  7. I am only a summer resident in the Torch Lake area but I love to follow your adventures as you explore the little finger of the Michigan mit. Your photo shots are amazing. What type of camera do you use?

    • I’m so glad you’ve commented, Trish; it’s great having you along for the “ride.” πŸ™‚
      I mostly use a Nikon d5100, but if I’m out on/in the water, I use an Olympus “tough” camera.

  8. Thanks for the recent visit to my blog. It brought me here and I’ve really enjoyed perusing your recent entries–you’ve got a very good eye!

    I just returned from my fifth extended autumn shoot in the UP since 2002 and will be posting a series of entries on the subject soon, so if you’re interested in seeing more imagery from the North Woods, be sure to drop by.

    • Thanks for the return visit, Kerry, and for the compliment! I saw your blog about being in the UP (and the scare of nearly losing all that data – yikes!), and was highly amused because we just took a friend from Maui there for a quick jaunt last week. If I ever get caught up on all the tasks I neglected during her visit, I’ll be posting a blog as well. I’ll definitely be a regular on your blog now; you’re in my feed-reader πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Heather,

    I am preparing a hand out to be distributed at various informational meetings about fracking in Michigan. One of the controversial aspects of fracking is the amount of water proposed for wells to be located in Kalkaska County. It is hard for people to visualize 50 million gallons of water (not enough to complete the last two wells applied for estimating 35,280,000 million gallons per well), so I was looking for a picture to aid the comprehension of how much water this is. Rugg Pond is normally at about 43 million gallons but can store up to 52 million. Your photos are lovely and I was wondering if you would permit the use of one of them for the flyer? The flyer would be distributed by respectmyplanet.org, and would list the wells currently completed and applied for in Michigan with the amount of water actually used or proposed, in an effort to raise consciousness on this issue. The other side would list the impacts associated with industrialization of areas in Northern Michigan which are being utilized by the State for development using this technology. respectmyplanet.org, in conjunction with FARWatershed.com, is engaged in educating the public and local government responsibly about the potential risks and concerns associated with fracking. Thanks for your consideration,

    Best regards,
    Jacque Rose.

  10. Heather- Just recently discovered your photostream, website, and blog while looking for “frozen” pictures of Torch Lake. My wife and I have a cottage just outside Kewadin, and, like you and your husband, love the “life up north.” Your photos are fantastic, and I plan to spend more time perusing them to see if you have any Torch photos that I might be interested in. Regards, Walt Fitzhugh

    • Thanks for the kind words and comment Walt! I was just through Kewadin the other day only to experience some of the worst blowing, drifting snow! We live quite near Torch, so you’re likely to find more shots – actually just published a blog featuring last night’s sunset there. Best to you and your wife πŸ™‚

  11. I am creating a presentation for third graders about the Mission Point Lighthouse. I would like to use one of your Metropolis pictures in it. Would this be possible?
    I also live on Old Mission Peninsula and have a nature website: mynaturetales.com

  12. Oh my Gosh Heather, I was looking up Rugg Pond & seven Bridges on the Internet and just happened to stumble across your Blog! πŸ˜€ You are so good at this and OF COURSE, as I already know, your photos are Amazing!! Just went to Rugg Pond for the first time ever and Loved it!! ❀

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