With temperatures reaching the upper 60s this past weekend, students in the Houghton area were heading to the nature parks, hiking trails, and waterfalls. Although 60 degrees may not seem very warm to some of you, for Michigan Tech students this modest increase in temperatures symbolizes the start of summer. Several Michigan Tech students made their way to the local beaches this weekend and a few of the brave even went swimming in Lake Superior, which is rarely ever above 50 degrees! Many students are hoping that the weather will continue to warm up and be sunny for the upcoming Memorial Weekend. Most students do not have Friday classes in the summer and all students are dismissed from class for Memorial Day Recess on Monday. Memorial Weekend provides students with the opportunity to take some time off from the fast pace of summer courses and enjoy the local area. Whether it’s camping, biking, hiking, or a car trip along the Keweenaw shoreline, there is lots to enjoy this weekend.
Memorial Day Events
The Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies began this past weekend with the Parade of Thanks. The sixth annual Parade of Thanks took place on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. in downtown Houghton. The parade honored armed forces personnel and veterans. To continue the remembrance of those who passed away in active military service, the Fort Wilkins Historical State Park Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at Fort Wilkins State Park in Copper Harbor. The program will include the Keweenaw Detachment #1016 United States Marine Corps League, a student program by the Copper Harbor School, a musical tribute, and a Memorial Day address.
Ride the Keweenaw Weekend
Also taking place this weekend, Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29, is the second annual Ride the Keweenaw Weekend hosted by the Copper Harbor Trails Club. The Ride the Keweenaw Weekend originated last year as a celebration of the Copper Harbor Mountain Bike Trails being designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association as an “Epic Ride”. The rating of “Epic Ride” is one of the best designations a bike trail can receive. The Copper Harbor Mountain Bike Trails received the “Epic Ride” designation because of the diversity of the trails, the thrill of the ride, the beauty of the surrounding area, and the collaboration of the people who make the trail system a success.
The weekend’s events include food, music, demonstrations, and of course biking on the “Epic Trails”. On Saturday, May 28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., there will be guided tours for the Michigan Tech Trails, the Churning Rapid Trails, and the Swedetown Trails. On Saturday evening in Copper Harbor Park there will be live music and a barbecue. On Sunday, May 29 there will be demonstrations and more biking! All proceeds from the weekend’s events will go toward funding the Keweenaw Point Trail Project. The plans for the Keweenaw Point Trail Project is to create another trail approximately 25 miles long that will travel along the shoreline at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. At this time the project is estimated to cost $10,000 for each mile of the trail, which is expected to be eight to ten miles long. The Copper Harbor Trails Club is hosting the Ride the Keweenaw Weekend as one way of raising funds for the project. When the funding for this project comes through the trail would improve the local area not only in a recreational manner but also economically. The addition of a waterfront mountain bike trail to a trail system already designated as an “Epic Ride” would increase the number of visitors to the surrounding area significantly.
I hope students and parents alike enjoy the beginning of summer! Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have. Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about the Seaman Mineral Museum.