Michigan--When I travel to Hancock from Marquette for business, I always take extra
time to enjoy the drive on the way back. Today I'll take you on a photo
tour--featuring a look inside Chassell's one-and-only Einerlei--during
last Friday's journey along US 41 in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula.
two-hour rainy morning drive from Marquette, I warmed quickly with a cozy greeting by
Certified Coding Specialists Debra Fasana and Raquel Saari and their
Supervisor, Robin Fike, at Portage Health in Hancock.
We had fun visiting and catching up during a celebratory lunch for Debra
and Raquel with their co-workers in the Portage Health Medical Records
Deb Fasana (left) and
Portage Health Outpatient Coders,
display their AHIMA certificates designating
them as Certified Coding Specialists
outside the Medical Records Department
at Portage Health in Hancock, Michigan, last Friday
After my visit
with Debra and Raquel at Portage Health, on the way out of Houghton on US 41, a
downpour flooding the highway stopped traffic for a few minutes.
Michigan Technological University (MTU) students splashed in the water or stood
nearby watching the commotion.
A yellow VW is
visible being somewhat swallowed by the rising water.
The police directed traffic through
the submerged area of US 41 through MTU campus, alleviating any problems for
After a little
picture-taking, I was off to a must stop! along the scenic Western Upper Peninsula Lake Shore: Einerlei
world-class shop in a tiny little town--with its flare for arranging
pastels of fabrics, photos, prints, books, and much, much more--is
unmatched in its sophistication and elegance.
Visit the wonderful Einerlei in Chassell, Michigan
Be sure to browse all of the many rooms--don't miss upstairs!
Or shop Einerlei online at
beautiful soft pink sweater in an Einerlei bag and 40 bucks
lighter....on the road again....
If you make the drive from Marquette to Hancock on a regular basis,
you've probably wondered--what's The Cozy Inn and what's it doing
way out in the middle of nowhere?
About halfway between Houghton and Marquette along US 41, you'll spot
this small, unique, ancient UP bar, restaurant, and pool lounge.
True, The Cozy Inn is located in an official ghost-town of
Nestoria, Michigan. But to those of us who know the rugged forests
of Nestoria Location and Baraga County, The Cozy Inn certainly is
a most cozy haven--and the first outpost of civilization--when emerging
from the deep woods after hours and sometimes days of wilderness
adventure, many times trouble, and most often toil.
Loggers frequent The Cozy, as do Baraga County locals and those
who travel from Marquette and other places for The Cozy's great
burgers and homemade fries.
And, if you haven't yet, plan a visit soon to check out the Friday night
bashes! The Cozy Inn is known far and wide for their famous
Friday night fish fry!
Nestoria's Cozy Inn on US 41, about halfway
between Houghton and Marquette,
famous for Friday Night Fish Fry!
A gaze at the tracks across from The Cozy Inn--if you're heading
toward Marquette, just after the Herman-Nestoria Road on your
left--leads toward a site, two miles up headwaters of the Sturgeon
River, of special personal significance.
There, over the Sturgeon River and through the woods up a steep ridge,
my husband, Todd, and I built what a DNR official once called, "The most
remote log cabin in Baraga County."
(Don't get me started on cabin-building stories!)
A logging truck--more common in the UP than the US Mail--zooms by me as
I stand on the bridge soaking up the Nestoria sights.
(PS - Kids--don't try this--a State Trooper stopped and told me it
wasn't safe to be walking on the bridge...Ooops!)
Back to my car parked at The Cozy--too early yet for the Friday
fish fry crowd--and moving on toward Michigamme...
last stop for the day was the US 41 Scenic Turnout in Michigamme, about
a half hour outside of Marquette.
With skies only a little gray by the afternoon, the colors looked
peaking from Hancock to Marquette.
safe and sound in Forestville--another official UP ghost-town
Michigan--in Marquette Township.
course, there is so much more to see in the Northwestern UP:
the KBIC Cultural Center Pow Wow Campground in Baraga,
all of the captivating shoreline,
the Baraga Ojibwa Casino,
the pretty little village of L'Anse,
the Famous Hilltop Restaurant,
the elegant Tony's Supper Club....Ahhh...
but only so much fun can be had in one day!
fall colors are peaking!
Because of the UP drought, the colors are not their normal exquisite
but if you're gonna get out there, time to do it now!