Yoopers in West Michigan

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T-Man

Lansing, MI

#1 Jun 2, 2009
I was just curious how many of you grew up in the UP, and how long you have lived in the Grand Rapids area now, and what made you move, and do you like GR area?
I moved down here about 10 yrs ago and it took some major adjusting, but overall I love the area and MOST of the people, eventhough they are different!
Alvin

Grand Rapids, MI

#2 Jun 2, 2009
We visit up in the U.P. in the summer. A little while back we were chatting with folks that moved up there (Christmas area) from the Lansing area. They said they wanted to move back downstate as the folks up north never really accept outsiders. Nice enough, but never really accepted. Wondered what others thought about that.

“love, loyalty, friendship”

Since: Sep 08

Dutchville

#3 Jun 2, 2009
It's true- our different way of looking at life is a bit off-putting to them.

We go up there quite a bit, and since I'm a bit on the chatty side, I've made quite a few friends.

I'd live up there in a minute :)
T-Man

Lansing, MI

#4 Jun 2, 2009
I would move back too if I could get the same job I have right now in metro GR. There just is not that many great jobs available up there. Its definately not for anybody. I knew some people from college who actually took a job up there eventhough they were from downstate and never even visited the UP. Lets just say that they had a rough time with our winters up there.
I am hoping nobody on here had negative experiences when visiting my homeland haha.
Alvin

Grand Rapids, MI

#5 Jun 2, 2009
I love going to the U.P., it's absolutely beautiful and I feel like I've walked into a stress-free zone! We're heading up to St. Ignace around the 4th, as a matter of fact! Can't wait.
Old Rocker

United States

#6 Jun 2, 2009
Alvin wrote:
I love going to the U.P., it's absolutely beautiful and I feel like I've walked into a stress-free zone! We're heading up to St. Ignace around the 4th, as a matter of fact! Can't wait.
You need to go further than St. Ignace to see the true "Yooper" culture, Eh?
T-Man

Lansing, MI

#7 Jun 2, 2009
St. Iggy used to have the best car show ever, but its drastically died down over the last few years due to gas prices, overall economy, and police cracking down on the fun. Ive been going for 15 years in a row and can easily see the decline.
I love GR since I moved here 10 yrs ago for college, but I still make trips to the UP in the winter to see old friends, snowmobile & do the Christmas stuff.
T-Man

Lansing, MI

#8 Jun 3, 2009
So, are there any former Yoopers living in West Michigan?????

Since: Oct 07

Big Rapids, MI

#9 Jun 3, 2009
T-Man wrote:
So, are there any former Yoopers living in West Michigan?????
Our adopted son was from Bessemer, but has been moving his way back north over the last few years. He is now living in Cheboygan, but it won't surprise me when he decides to cross the bridge for good.
Alvin

Grand Rapids, MI

#10 Jun 3, 2009
We're been further in the U.P., guess the furthest is Marquette. Depending on how long we can stay and how close we are to the casinos :) we'd rather not drive so far. Lk. Superior is beautiful, but soooooo cold, kind of like facing south either on Lk. Michigan or Lk. Huron-------and the casino thingy!
Old Rocker

United States

#11 Jun 3, 2009
Alvin wrote:
We're been further in the U.P., guess the furthest is Marquette. Depending on how long we can stay and how close we are to the casinos :) we'd rather not drive so far. Lk. Superior is beautiful, but soooooo cold, kind of like facing south either on Lk. Michigan or Lk. Huron-------and the casino thingy!
To see the beauty of the UP, stay out of the casinos. You can go to a casino here. They all look alike inside.

Take a week and go to the Keweenaw Peninsula and Copper Harbor. Brockway Mountain Drive is beautiful.

Also while you're up there, go to the Porcupine Mountains. You have to see Lake Of The Clouds to believe it.

It'll take a day to get up there and a day to get back, but the trip is worth it.

“Lost in the middle somewhere..”

Since: Nov 07

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#12 Jun 3, 2009
My stepmom was born in Marquette and lived there for awhile until her family moved down here. We used to go up to Marquette every year in the summer for a week and visit all of her family. I always loved it up there. It's almost like time stands still in the UP.

I also used to go to the St. Ignace car show every year. My dad always had show vehicles in the show. It was the biggest show I have ever been to. I am sad to hear that it has died down over the past few years.

There are so many beautiful things to see in the UP and places to go. If you have kids and go up there you have to drive west on highway 2 and go to the Mystery House. That is a must see for kids. Then keep driving west and there is this really nice little petting zoo.
Alvin

Grand Rapids, MI

#13 Jun 3, 2009
-LMS- wrote:
My stepmom was born in Marquette and lived there for awhile until her family moved down here. We used to go up to Marquette every year in the summer for a week and visit all of her family. I always loved it up there. It's almost like time stands still in the UP.
I also used to go to the St. Ignace car show every year. My dad always had show vehicles in the show. It was the biggest show I have ever been to. I am sad to hear that it has died down over the past few years.
There are so many beautiful things to see in the UP and places to go. If you have kids and go up there you have to drive west on highway 2 and go to the Mystery House. That is a must see for kids. Then keep driving west and there is this really nice little petting zoo.
You must be talking about the Mystery Spot, as adults we enjoyed it too! Also enjoyed the Pictured Rocks boat tour, cold, but good.

“Coffee should come..with an IV”

Since: Jun 08

Royal Tunbridge Wells

#14 Jun 3, 2009
T-Man wrote:
So, are there any former Yoopers living in West Michigan?????
well im not in michigan anymore but lived in GR, but also spent months out of the year in true yooper areas:) Michigamme and houghton..my dad and bro both graduated from mich tech. I spent so much time there on the lake that coming back to GR was culture shock ! I miss it but plan on returning to bring hubby for a visit :)

“Coffee should come..with an IV”

Since: Jun 08

Royal Tunbridge Wells

#15 Jun 3, 2009
and I ADORED the ice fest at tech....THAT was amazing :)

“Lost in the middle somewhere..”

Since: Nov 07

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#16 Jun 3, 2009
Alvin wrote:
<quoted text>You must be talking about the Mystery Spot, as adults we enjoyed it too! Also enjoyed the Pictured Rocks boat tour, cold, but good.
Yes, you are so right! It is the Mystery Spot, not the Mystery House. I have been there so many times I don't know how I screwed that one up! But I remember the first time going there as an adult and I didn't think it was nearly as cool as when I was a kid and went. Still fun, nevertheless. Plus, you have to go through the maze across the street.
Alvin

Grand Rapids, MI

#17 Jun 3, 2009
-LMS- wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, you are so right! It is the Mystery Spot, not the Mystery House. I have been there so many times I don't know how I screwed that one up! But I remember the first time going there as an adult and I didn't think it was nearly as cool as when I was a kid and went. Still fun, nevertheless. Plus, you have to go through the maze across the street.
What's across the street, is it fun for adults? We're going up around there over the 4th.

“love, loyalty, friendship”

Since: Sep 08

Dutchville

#18 Jun 3, 2009
We went to Newberry last month- great little town!

Across the street from the Mystery Spot is a wax museum called "Weird Museum". I have a brochure.

They feature exhibits including: The Snake Princess of Belle Isle, The King of Beaver Island, The Soop Cemetery Ghosts, The Michigan Dog Man, and The Underground railroad Female Station Manager.

While you're in the area, stop at the Deer Ranch. They have hand raised white tail deer (not albino) you can see up close and even hand feed. Really interesting.

“love, loyalty, friendship”

Since: Sep 08

Dutchville

#19 Jun 3, 2009
Ooops! It's the Weird Michigan Wax Museum.

http://www.weirdwax.com/

Since: Oct 07

Big Rapids, MI

#20 Jun 4, 2009
You guys have forgotten the best part of UP life. Like driving three hours to go see a movie, or maybe the Haunted Forest in Paradise.

And who can go to Paradise or anywhere else without going to local dump for a little bear watching.

Last summer we finally made it over to Palms Book State Park to see The Big Spring. It was worth the trip, even though they wanted me to leave my fishing pole in the truck.

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