Copper Harbor, Michigan

We got to spend one beautiful day in Copper Harbor, Michigan. If you’re not familiar, this is in the area called the Upper Peninsula (or UP) of Michigan. It is very far north and directly on the water of Lake Superior. We are staying at an RV park on Lake Fannie Hooe, which is just a few hundred feet of land away from Lake Superior (check this out on a map- it’s super cool).

Anyhow, here we are in this beautiful place with the most perfect weather.  When we arrived the evening before we made a quick dinner of sous vide salmon (which we had prepared and frozen in Texas before we left), rice cooked in the pressure cooker, a tomato/avocado/garbanzo bean salad, summer squash and dried sea weed. We buy the dried sea weed in bulk at Costco because my kids love to eat it anytime we serve rice. We made a fire and cooked s’mores. It was a beautiful night. I read the chapter 13 of Stuart Little (the book I’m currently reading to the family) and we all hit the hay.

This morning we let the kids sleep in a bit and Chris and I enjoyed a cup of coffee while strolling near the lake. I fried bacon on our indoor cooktop (though I cooked outdoors) and then fried eggs for the kids. They ate this yummy breakfast with toast at the picnic table at our site. We purchased a cute small, yellow toaster from Amazon before we left on this trip and we are so glad we did. We use it almost every morning.

After breakfast we tried out our first mountain bike path. We were lucky enough to borrow a few bikes from Chris’ sister when we stopped for a visit in Minnesota. A few of us were a bit more cautious than others but we took the mile and a half path to the Fort Wilkins. This is a restored Fort from the 1840’s. Typically in the summer they have actors reenacting life at the fort. Due to COVID this is canceled but we all really enjoyed the exhibits and walking through the different buildings of the fort.

From here we rode back into town and ate lunch at a glorified lunch truck that served local caught fish tacos. Yum! From here I did a little shopping at the Laughing Loon shop and got a cute Christmas ornament (I collect them from everywhere we go) and a couple shirts. We went down to the harbor and found a little bakery from which we ordered coffee and some amazing fresh baked cookies. The s’more cookies was SO good but we also loved the chaos cookie which seemed to have a little bit of everything in it, including some pretzel sticks on top!

We all headed back to the RV and the boys went for an additional bike ride down a more difficult trail. Chris took each of the boys separately so that they could have special time together. I took the girls to the beach and we stayed there for hours as the kids swam, played on the paddleboards, made shows for us and Patrick created a giant “pyramid-like structure.” His words, not mine.

Wrapping up today we made sous vide chicken, rice, sautéed local spinach and, of course, s’mores. We reflected on what a great day today was. In fact, as I’m sitting here typing this on the couch I am loving listening to the family playing Trekking the National Parks. Truly a wonderful day.


RV Park Review:

Lake Fannie Hooe Resort & RV Park is in Copper Harbor, Michigan. The sites are a little tight. Our site, #50,  has what we wouldn’t consider “full” hook-ups. We’ve realized that we don’t really need a sewer connection as long as the park has a station to empty it out when we leave. However, we do need 50 amp power and water. This site has 30 amp power. This hasn’t been a problem for us because the weather has been cool enough that we don’t need to run the air conditioner. This is also fortunate because we had a little mishap on the way to Copper Harbor and one of our air conditioning units isn’t working properly (see recent post titled “Not a very ‘little’ mishap”).  They do offer a number of sites that have full hook-ups. They have a dump station in the middle of the park as well as a water fill station. The bathrooms are older but have a lot of stalls and four showers that have great water pressure. There is a grassy area and a playground in the middle of playground. There are also three areas to enter the lake right from the property. One is grassy and two are sand (and you get one by taking a short dirt path to the water which we all loved because it felt like a secret beach). You can ride your bike into the center of town and have access to an unlimited amount of mountain bike trails. We highly recommend this campground!

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