With temperatures reaching the upper 60s–low 70s 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, for Michigan Tech students this modest increase in temperature symbolizes the start of summer. 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 Day 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 plenty to enjoy.
Memorial Day Events
The Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies begin this weekend with the seventh annual Parade of Thanks, taking place on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. in downtown Houghton. The parade honors armed forces personnel and veterans. To continue the remembrance of those who served our country, the Fort Wilkins Historical State Park Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 28, at Fort Wilkins State Park in Copper Harbor. Last year, this program included 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 month—Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27—is the third annual Ride the Keweenaw Weekend hosted by the Copper Harbor Trails Club. Ride the Keweenaw originated two years ago 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 trail can receive. They received this 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 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be guided tours for the Michigan Tech Trails, the Churning Rapid Trails, and the Swedetown Trails. There will be live music on Saturday evening in Copper Harbor Park. On Sunday, May 27, 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 along the shoreline at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. 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 comes through, the trail will improve the local area not only recreationally but economically as well. 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.