At the very northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula (which is actually further north than any point in the state of Maine), there’s a tiny little village called Copper Harbor, so named because the world’s largest vein of copper was discovered running through the Keweenaw Peninsula back in the mid 1800s, and the copper was shipped out of “Copper Harbor.” Sometimes miners would find masses of native (pure) copper
weighing up to hundreds of tons, and it would take months to chisel it into pieces small enough to transport. Although in its day Copper Harbor was a thriving community worthy of protection by a government fort (Fort Wilkins), by the end of World War 2 copper mining had all but ceased, and what remains today is a tiny village known best for fishing and recreation…and for its ferry to Isle Royale. Because of the extreme beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula, and its heavenly, cool temperatures in summer (moderated by Lake Superior), Copper Harbor has long been a favorite summer refuge for our family, and so we wanted Linda and the girls to see it as part of our roots tour. While in Copper Country, we’ve always stopped for dinner at a German-American Restaurant known today as the Harbor Haus, but before Jonathan grew up and married a German girl, we never really thought about just “how German” it is, or how much we love German cooking (and our German daughter-in-law)! 🙂 I was listening to Jonathan’s first lecture for the fall on Church History this morning, and he mentioned how we often don’t really notice those around us, but when we do, we’re usually motivated to understand them better…and if we follow up with that, we grow in our love for them too. Isn’t that the truth?! Got anybody in your life you’ve not really been noticing? I do.
Maybe it’s time to get to know them better!
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8
(Most of the pictures were taken this August, but some of them were from previous trips when our own children were little…as is probably obvious by the slight discoloration and poorer resolution. But…oh the happy memories!)