Amusing Place to Visit

Here is a bit of Michigan trivia for you. People who live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula  or UP are referred to as “Yoopers,” while people who live in Northern Michigan, but on the South side of the Mackinac Bridge are called trolls. In the UP there is a wonderful little town called Ishpeming, MI and they take great pride in laughing at themselves and have made a practical market for being a Yooper. I took a few pictures while visiting a shop there that you just can’t help but laugh out loud when you see some of the things there.
Definitely give being a “redneck” or a “hillbilly” a whole new meaning. The store is called “Da Yoopers Tourist Trap” and you can visit their website at and see some of the comical items for yourself. The people there are wonderful, friendly and extremely helpful. If you are ever in the UP, please go and visit Da Yooper Trap on U.S. 41, Ishpeming, Michigan.

Oh, the picture with the tree trunk and the top of the tree missing, my husband is standing beside it. Well, the portion of the tree that is left is what was buried in the snow when the tree was still alive and the top part was what was above the snow and harvested. This should give you an idea of how much snow can and has fallen on the UP.

Enjoy! Hope you have a wonderful day and for those suffering from high temperatures, think SNOW!

Terri at the Drake’s Nest where the first coat of paint is finally on the outside of the House!

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2 Responses to Amusing Place to Visit

  1. blue bird says:

    I really liked the pictures of “you” sitting in the “BIG HUGE” WOODEN “CHAIR” and I also liked the “BIG TREE” TRUNK that “your” husband RAY was standing next to!!!!!

    But I have one question I would like to ask “you”, it’s going to sound “STUPID” but “WHAT IS A YOOPER”??????????????????????????

    “GUESS WHO”???????????????????????/

    • Terri Drake says:

      There are no stupid/dumb questions, my dear, only those that are unasked!
      Let me see if I can explain this to you, or at least as I understand it. A Yooper is someone who lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the northern side, or across, the Mackinac Bridge. Those areas include St. Ignace, Escanaba, Saulte Sainte Marie, etc. Yoopers are people who enjoy living life to its fullest, they don’t hesitate to laugh at themselves, don’t worry about being politically correct and don’t take life too seriously. After all, no one gets out of life alive, so why take it seriously?! Yoopers tend to end sentences with “eh.” For example, “That’s some sunset, eh.” More often than not, it sounds like a question.
      Now, if you live in the lower upper peninsula or the southern side of the Mackinac Bridge then you are considered a “troll” as you live “under” the bridge. So, now are you thoroughly confused? Hope that I’ve answered your question.
      I have to honestly say that I don’t know who you are. LOL. Care to give a few clues? Thanks for stopping by and visiting. If you are ever in the neighborhood, give a hollar and I’ll be glad to give you a tour of my little corner of the world. Of course it might take a day, or two or three. But life is for living, eh!

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