Most of you already know (especially if we’re friends on Facebook or friends IRL), that my hometown is Memphis, but I now live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
I often get questions about where I live. Memphis summary: Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, is there. Half a million people tour it each year. I think everyone should see the Jungle Room once, but once is probably enough. Memphis is separated from Arkansas, in a very friendly way of course, by the muddy Mississippi River. And Memphis has the BEST pork barbecue in the world. I may be biased, but I’m not wrong.
You probably already knew most of that. I get lots more questions about my current home of Marquette, Michigan.
No. Marquette University is not located here. That would be Milwaukee. But both the city and the university are named for the same guy: Father Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit missionary. We have a statue of him, and I would guess the university does, too.
The most asked question I get about the Upper Peninsula is: How do you live with all that snow? (Marquette gets 150 to 200 inches of snow annually. The Keweenaw Peninsula gets up to 300 inches of snow a year. The southern part of the U.P. gets about 50 inches of snow annually. Locals refer to it as “the banana belt.”)
Yoopers know how to deal with snow. The streets are ploughed, the sidewalks are shoveled and road and foot traffic keeps moving. Schools rarely have days off for snow. Generally, schools only close if the windchill reaches -25 degrees F, because it’s too cold for the kids to wait at the bus stop.
For the record, we had a light snow in Marquette overnight into Easter morning. No need to dye the eggs; they were perfect to hide with their natural white shell. We NEVER had snow for Easter when I was growing up. In fact just a forecast of snow in Memphis any time prompts a run on milk, bread, and toilet paper at the supermarket before a flake hits the ground.
A bit of Upper Peninsula trivia: Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the WORLD.
Hubs and I have seen the Northern Lights!
We have moose wandering free. I have spotted moose here, but have never had one walk up onto my porch as author pal Keenan Powell has had happen at her home in Alaska, and documented on Facebook. Moose have never wandered into the parking lot behind our apartment, which is probably just as well.
Measurable snow has been recorded in the U.P. in every month except August. The average daily temperature here in August is 75 degrees.
We hope summer falls on a Saturday this year!