Roaming Through Michigan

A short tourism documentary from 1949 on Northern Michigan:



Frankenmuth: Lager Mill and Historical Museum

When we visited Frankenmuth last weekend, we of course knew about the Frankenmuth Brewery, Zehnder’s famous fried chicken, and the giant year-round Christmas store Bronner’s. What we hadn’t been to before though was the Lager Mill and the Frankenmuth Hisotrical Museum.

Lager Mill is not just a beer store, but also a brewing museum with lots of old milling equipment, info on the brewing history in Frankenmuth, and a huge German beer glass selection.

lager mill - grains

lager mill - signs

The Frankenmuth Historical Museum was another great find, especially considering the $2 admission to the brewing museum also included admission to the historical museum.

historical museum - axes

historical museum - cabin

historical museum - post office


Cabin Style

Over the weekend we took a quick vacation to Paradise… Michigan. It’s a tiny town on White Fish Bay in the Upper Peninsula. I’ve always thought the name was sort of a misnomer since it’s cold most of the year. But after visiting in the fall I think it’s rather fitting.

dark road
cabin sign
red coffee pot
wood burning stove
union suit and labatt
campfire potatoes

More pictures to come!


Northern California: Sutro Baths

We just returned from our vacation to Northern California, including stops in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Felton, and Santa Cruz. We went mostly for a friend’s wedding, but of course also did a lot of sight-seeing.

One of my favorite sights on the trip was the Sutro Bath Ruins. The Sutro Baths was a huge swimming pool complex built toward the end of the 19th century along the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco. The baths closed in the 1960’s and a fire destroyed the building soon after. The concrete foundation, some of the stairs, and a tunnel still remain and it’s an awesome sight to see along the gloomy Pacific Ocean, with raves crashing into the ruins.

Sutro Baths Interior
Sutro Baths interior from Wikipedia

Sutro Baths Exterior
Sutro Baths in the early 20th century from Cliff House Project

Sutro Bath Ruins 2
The Sutro Baths today

Sutro Bath Ruins 1

If you’re as intrigued by the Sutro Bath Ruins as I was, check out the video below for a documentary on its history.

by Juli Lopez


Northwest Territories

There are far too many vacations I want to take and places I want to visit, but most recently I’ve been on a Northwest Territories kick. Something about the scenery, the remoteness, the wildlife, and also they have Wood Bison, which are even larger than Plains Bison.

wood bison
Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary from Trip Advisor

aurora borealis yellowknife
Aurora borealis in Yellowknife from Theodora

Wildcat Cafe
Wildcat Cafe in Yellowknife from Wikipedia

Mackenzie Mountains from Visit Canada

horned homes
Various horned-homes in the Northwest Territories from The L.A. Times