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North Country Dreamland
May 6, 2013 7:49 PM   Subscribe

Utilizing video locations including Isle Royale National Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Headlands Intl Dark Sky Park, North Country Trail, Hiawatha National Forest, Marquette Michigan, Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor MI, Shawn Malone has created North Country Dreams, a time lapse video that explains why some of us will never leave Michigan. (I encourage you to watch this in full screen and HD)
posted by HuronBob (11 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
So Northern MI is just all aurora borealis all the time?
I want to go there.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 8:01 PM on May 6, 2013


Wow, beautifully done! I had no idea that the aurora could be so spectacular in Michigan.
Makes you realize how lucky we are to have fetched up on such a lovely planet.
posted by islander at 8:04 PM on May 6, 2013


The UP is staggering and beautiful. I hope to move back someday and really start living.
posted by grizzly at 8:29 PM on May 6, 2013


Gorgeous. And I'm feeling all nostalgic about northern Ontario now.
posted by Flashman at 8:46 PM on May 6, 2013


Here I am reminding myself to watch this tomorrow on the big monitor at my desk (during my lunch break, of course!).

Thanks for this - people are always making gorgeous time lapse videos of San Francisco and such, and yes it's gorgeous here and no I'm never leaving, but I love to see well-done things about other places people will never leave, too.
posted by rtha at 8:48 PM on May 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


It's beautiful. Just don't go at the wrong time. July 4 is a very bad time! All that lovely scenery won't mean a thing if you're being driven mad by biting flies that come in swarms so thick, even if they don't bite (because you have poison on your skin) they will still drive you crazy. Easier in late summer, when they are thinned down, and only the biggest and badest survive. Yea, they'll bite you right through your jeans. But at least you won't inhale them.

Otherwise, it's beautiful, for sure. Nothing poisonous lurking there. There are some predators in the woods though, but not too common. There are bears, and maybe a moose (a moose can be quite dangerous). There are wolves, but I don't know if those are a concern to people. There are rumors of cougar. Mostly though, the hazards are the weather and being driven mad by flies or mosquitoes.

Winter, however beautiful, is a life-threatening adventure. It's cold and remote, and can suddenly dump tens of inches of snow on you. You don't drive there without gear to keep you warm to survive extreme cold. At least not outside heavily trafficked areas. The snow can start and stop within bizarrely short distances. You might even see a clear line across the road where one side has a few inches of fresh snow, the other doesn't. (Seen that a lot!).

This was copper, iron, and lumber country. Mostly all gone, mores the pity.
posted by Goofyy at 10:43 PM on May 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Winter, however beautiful

Yep... the best time, it captures the UP at it's best. My favorite vacation is a trip to Big Bay Lighthouse in mid-winter. Ascending the stairs up to the light and looking though the frosty glass onto Lake Superior is a majestic experience.
posted by HuronBob at 10:50 PM on May 6, 2013


I'd say autumn is absolutely the time to go. The video focused (obviously) on the sky, but you could do another one of these with flyovers of the forests as the leaves change colors. Brilliant. But this was great, too. I spent a lot of time near Traverse City in the lower penninsula, but only saw the aurora once or twice. I went back to Copper Harbor / Houghton a couple years back, though, and now regret not doing more stargazing...
posted by Metro Gnome at 11:50 PM on May 6, 2013


*sigh
I do get homesick.
posted by NoMich at 4:10 AM on May 7, 2013


I've traveled in the UP multiple times and it's one of my favorite places to go. I'm heading back later this year. This will be the first time I've been able to make it out to Isle Royale, something I've wanted to do for a while, so I'm especially looking forward to that.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:03 AM on May 7, 2013


Just found my Isle Royale pictures from 1986 (?) and it all came back to me. What a gorgeous place!
posted by wenestvedt at 1:42 PM on May 7, 2013


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