|Small pothole (bowling ball size)|
|Deep pothole (around 60 ft.)|
Day 61 (July 25) - Today we left St. Paul, MN and drove to Hayward, WI to visit my cousin Kelly and family. On our way we stopped at Interstate State Park (Interstate between Wisconsin and Minnesota). This was an interesting park
|Large pothole (about 6 ft across)|
|Street sign in Barronette, WI|
On our way up we passed through a town called Barronette, WI. David pulled over so we could take a picture of one of the street signs. All of the street names were crazy fractions like this one:
|Top row left to right: Daniel, David, Aunt Diane, Cousin Kelly, Kelly's husband Rob, Cousin Matt, Uncle Andy; Bottom row: Erin, Heidi, Rylie, Chase|
|Heidi and Kelly|
I haven't seen Kelly and family since her wedding 8 years ago. I was very happy to see their new house and see her kids. Rylie - almost 7 and Chase - almost 4 were extremely cute and had fun playing with our kids. For dinner Aunt Diane, Uncle Andy, and cousin Matt came over. We had a typical Wisconsin dinner - grilled brats, onions, fruit salad, and potato salad. It was a really good dinner and everyone enjoyed it. The kids slept in the basement and David and I got Rylie's room. Aunt Diane was a bit frazzled because she is preparing to host the Lumberjack World Championship in Hayward this coming weekend. But, she brought all of the kids lumberjack t-shirts, so they really liked it (Moritz even wore his all the next day).
|Kelly and Rob's house|
The following morning we drove across the upper peninsula of Michigan, called the U.P. and the people who live there are known as the Yoopers. We even stopped at a place called The Yooper Tourist Trap. They had all sorts of funny stories about the Yoopers. It was great!
|Da Yoopers Tourist Trap, U.P. Michigan|
As we continued to drive across the state we saw signs for pasties and we didn't know what that was (we thought it might be pasta mispelled). So, when I had cell signal, I looked it up. Turns out it is like a meat pie and that the Cornish miners brought the recipe over with them. It has meat, potatoes, carrots, onions, and rutabagas in them. So, we stopped at Muldune's Pasties in Munising, Michigan. We even got an interesting Yooper magnet at the restaurant. The pasty was pretty good!
|Tourist Trip - Yooper humor|
It is interesting to be this far north and right on the edge of Eastern time because it is 9:30 pm as I write this and it is just now dusk. I'm guessing it won't be totally dark until 10 pm.
|Munising Falls, MI|
|Typical Wisconsin farm|