Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yooper Country!



From Ontonagon, we travelled about 100 miles east on M-28, until we reached the little town of Ishpeming, just west of Marquette.

On previous trips through the U.P., we just breezed right on through Ishpeming, but it really is a nice little town!


We knew that our friends, Roger & Joyce, spend a good part of every summer at this RV Park, so we decided to try it out and hopefully meet up with them.  We called to check availability, and although we weren’t able to get a 50 amp FHU site, we were able to get a 30 amp W & E site, right behind where Roger & Joyce would be when they arrived!

Originally, they were going to be arriving on the day we left, but we were able to stay one more day, so we’d have time to catch up with them.  As a bonus, the “basic” sites were eligible for the 50% Passport America discount for all 4 nights!  At $19/ night, it was a really good deal . . . and pretty much the only park around with a pool!


We had some warm days coming up on the weekend, so we were going to be able to make use of it!

This is a really nice RV Park, with nice big sites with lots of room between them!     DSC_0376









We settled into site #93, and prepared for a weekend of relaxation!

Country Village RV Park -- site 93

The campground is part of a nice little “village” area – with a grocery store, meat store (we got a 10% off coupon at check-in!), movie theatre, laundromat, and a couple of restaurants . . . there were other businesses, but those are the ones we checked out.

One well-known business that calls Ishpeming home is “Da’ Yoopers Tourist Trap”.


You can’t miss it when you drive past, so we stopped to take a look around.     Big Gus










There are lots of interesting “Yooper” vehicles!


A Bug for Bryce!



Bryce liked this tractor,

Pedal Tractor

and Nicolas thought this snowblower was awesome,

Now that's a snowblower!

but my personal favorite was the Yooper Riding Mower . . . look closely – it really is a mower!

Yooper Riding Mower

Outhouses also seem to be a common theme . . .


Nicolas doesn't like this outhouse!

and fun places to take a rest!





In the Loveseat

Besides all the fun stuff to look at outside, there really is a business here – a typical “touristy” giftshop where you can get “Da Yoopers” musical CDs as well as T-shirts and other souvenirs – and also a Rock Shop.     DSC_0395









We walked through the shops, and Tom finally found “UP” stickers to add to the collection on the car and truck.  Definitely a fun and entertaining place to visit!












On Monday, our friends Joyce and Roger arrived and got set up on the site just across from us, and they introduced us to one of their favorite places in Ishpeming – Congress Pizza – and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner together.  Back at the RV, we sat outside until the mosquitos chased us inside, and our friends Lynn & Dave stopped by, too . . . they had just arrived Monday, also, to a campground just a few miles down the road from us.

Joyce & Roger


Dave & Lynn


It was a great evening of catching up with friends and sharing camping stories!

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