Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Houghton/Hancock

For my second work week from the road, I decided to set up shop in Houghton, MI, the gateway to the Keweenaw Peninsula and “Copper Country.”  Cell coverage maps looked pretty strong from there and they proved to be right.

I had wanted to stay at Houghton City Park the full time, but they were fully booked the first night, so I had to stay across the canal in the town of Hancock, which also had an equally nice city campground.   It was extremely windy while I was there (winds gusting to 50mph), so I selected this nice sheltered site to keep my top-heavy Winnie from blowing over!

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The high winds didn’t prevent Millie from finding a nice spot to take her required daily swim—the Hancock city boat launch!

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The next day, we drove into Houghton across the big iron drawbridge that connects the two towns.

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The Houghton City RV park has small, terraced sites that look out onto the canal.  While my site was rather sloped and unlevel, it had a fabulous view!

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The winds continued to blow pretty strong, so rather than cook on the picnic table, I just used the RV as my wind blocker!

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The next morning, I watched the ferry leave from Houghton on it’s way down the canal and out to Lake Superior to go to Isle Royale National Park—only a half-day cruise across windy Lake Superior! (ugh, hope those people didn’t eat a big breakfast before riding those big rolling waves!)

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Not to be outdone by the previous campgrounds, Houghton also offered a pretty nice sunset and evening scenes:

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