Campground: Hancock City Beach/Rv park. $20-22. Electric and cable Tv. Nice wooded setting. Some sites along Portage Lake.
|Unfortunately, it does not exist|
Our next stop was the local library, thinking they surely would know the history of such a unique structure. As I eagerly got the to counter and asked the Library staff for some information, they looked at me like I was a nut. I showed them my computer print out of the directions and description and suggested they check it out on the Internet themselves. It quickly began to dawn on all of us that Ron and I had been Cyber Punked. Imagine. It was all a hoax. Well I never…. We had a good laugh over it, still a bit befuddled that I’d been punked.
Ron then suggested that we explore an Indian cemetery he had found a couple years ago. It had unique huts known as spirit houses built over some of the grave sites. It was supposed to be on Indian cemetery road, but we couldn’t find that road so we just went down a couple others and before you knew it, we’d found the cemetery. A historical sign described the Piney Indian Cemetery, part of the Chippewa Indian Reservation.
What interesting conversations with my new found relatives and friends. We discussed everything from sightings of Moose, which they have been attempting to reintroduce into the area, to remedies for high cholesterol and high blood pressure. One being to soak chunks of eggplant in a bowl of water for a couple of days in the fridge, then drink the water. Donald tells me the water has almost no flavor, though it is quite purplish in color.
the old family home
In the evening, I went over to Houghton where they have free concerts on Thursday nights in a parking lot down near the new Portage Township Library and Portage Lake. Odd they don’t hold it at the City park with it’s band shell. Heard a small trio of young performers first. The lead singer belted out her songs (which all sounded the same to me) with such a high pitched voice amplified by two large speakers. The sound was quite painful to listen too after all I was sitting in the front row. Fortunately the next band, the Backyard BBQ band was really good. A mix of Memphis Blues, New Orleans and rock really rocked the house. Or in this case, the parking lot. The set up and location appear to be an afterthought and I hope they eventually find a better location for a great summer evening event.
So as you can see, I’m enjoying my visit to my home town of Houghton and the Copper Country. I have another week of exploring and visiting while here in the U.P. so if any other exciting things happen, I’ll be sure to let you know.