The Ghosts of Copper Country

For a long time, copper was a big part of life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Though the mines are closed today, copper inspired a rush of white settlers starting in the 1840s. Before that, indigenous people mined copper here for hundreds of… Read More

Lake of the Clouds and a Forest Hike

OK, here’s another post about our trip in July to¬† Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. One day we decided to see the Lake in the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains, about a 45 minute drive from our cabin. We found parking at the trail… Read More

Presque Isle River

In the midst of all this November bleakness, I thought it would be good to think back on the green days of summer. More specifically, to our July trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. For more information, you can also look at this… Read More

On The Shores of Lake Superior

Our cabin is just a few yards from the Lake Superior shoreline.

Greetings From The North Woods

I’m writing from a cabin on the shores of Lake Superior, in a remote spot near Michigan’s Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. We’ll be here for the remainder of the week.

The Honganji Temples

OK, this is the last post regarding Buddhist temples we saw in Japan last September. Today we’re going to visit two temples in central Kyoto that have an interesting history.

Wandering The Streets of Kyoto

Kyoto is a good city for walking. This is particularly true in the historic district of Higashiyama on the east side of the city.

Crashing A Wedding At Chion-in Temple

If you thought I was finished writing about our trip to Japan last September, you would be wrong. There’s still material for a few more posts, including this one.

Toji Temple and Flea Market

When we emerged from our Kyoto hotel in the morning we would look across the street and see this large wooden pagoda. Upon inquiring, we were told that it’s part of the Toji Temple complex.

Kyoto’s Nijo Castle

Around 1600, the Tokugawa family became the dominant power in feudal Japan. The Emperor was essentially a figurehead. The Tokugawas moved the administrative capital from Kyoto to Edo (Tokyo), while the Imperial Court remained in Kyoto. Nijo Castle, completed in 1628, was… Read More