Originally Posted by flops
what might it be the upper peninsula of?
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is practically a wilderness preserve, rather like Maine but with far fewer people. It is rocky terrain, with a lot of rivers and lakes, with Lake Superior to the north and Lake Michigan to the south. There are places there where you can drive 40 miles or more and see not a single house, no power lines, no evidence of inhabitation other than the road you're on. The weather is brutal; I remember, growing up, snow in every month of the year and winter temperatures colder than -40, with winter season snowfall of more than 300 inches and snow still on the ground when school let out for "summer" vacation.
I told my wife stories about the UP and us Yoopers who were raised there, and she thought they were all a pack of fables. The year her sister got married, we left the wedding reception near Detroit in mid-August. The temperature was 97 (about 36, for you celsius fans) with high humidity and heat lightning. We drove straight through the night and stopped the next morning in a small town (there are NO large towns in the UP) called Munising. We stopped for fuel and breakfast about 6AM, and passed the local bank that showed the time and temperature. My wife noticed that it said 39 degrees (4 celsius) and declared that some bulbs must have burned out. She hopped out of the car at the gas station, and every exposed patch of skin became goosebumps. The next morning, at my parents' house, there was ice on the birdbath and the jays were pecking at it and trying to make a hole to get to the water. The leaves on the trees had changed. I reminded her that it was August, which meant it was fall. "Then when is summer?" she asked. "Third week of July," I told her. "And we hope for good weather". She didn't really believe me, because a few years later when we visited on the 4th of July weekend, she was surprised to see the spring flowers in bloom. I reminded her again.
And don't get me started on the bugs during the summer. They are incredible. They can't get you for most of the year, so when they feed they FEED.