H.O.M.E.S Summer/Lake Superior
“The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they called ‘Gitche Gumee’. The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead when the skies of November turn gloomy”
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Lake Superior. The big lake they called ‘Gitche Gumee.” The largest freshwater lake in the world!
Lake Superior’s seas sweep across from the Northwest to the Southeast with a tremendous amount of force.
Of the 550 known wrecks in Lake Superior, over 200 of them are along the shoreline from Whitefish Point to Munising. There are no natural harbors for ships to take refuge during the big Lake Superior storms. Whitefish Bay provides the big ships some protection from the storms, if the ships can get there in time.
I am so glad that my family enjoys going to museums as much as I do. I like that they understand, when viewing artifacts, that these “things” are directly related to real people who had homes and families and, who lost their lives while doing their jobs, shipping on the Great Lakes.
While visiting Whitefish Point we also had the opportunity to crash a wedding on the beach.
What is wrong with me?
If you recognize the happy couple, please tell them “Mozel Tov” from me. I thoroughly enjoyed their wedding. I would have stayed to congratulate them personally but, they weren’t serving refreshments, and we were getting hungry.
We camped in sweet old Brimley State park again this year.
Established in 1923, Brimley has 237 campsites on 151 acres that sit on the shores of Whitefish Bay. It is a lovely campground with a large picnic area and playground. The beach is expansive. The shore is solid and the swim area is well marked.
Some of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen, and photographed, have been over Whitefish Bay from the beach at Brimley State Park.
Besides our visit to Whitefish Point, we took a day to spend on Mackinac Island. It had been 38 years since my last visit to the island. Only one of my grandkids had been there. We took the carriage tour and had a wonderful day.
I don’t know about your family but, when we start planning a camping trip, one of the most important things that we have to decide is what is going to be on our camping menu.
There is something about being out in the fresh air all day that just makes everyone feel hungrier and the food always seems to tastes better.
On this trip, I decided to try some new recipes. The first is homemade corned beef hash.
Making Corned beef hash is nothing new . My mom made corned beef hash from the corned beef dinner leftovers. Basically, it was boiled potatoes, cabbage, carrots and corned beef reheated. Over the years, I made corned beef hash from scratch. I dropped the carrots and cabbage, and added rutabaga ( a favorite of mine,) but, I still precooked the veggies. My son, Dane, took the recipe and improved it even more. He doesn’t precook any of the vegetables. He layers the sauteed vegetables in butter (Oh Yeah!.) I have been making it Dane’s way for some time but, this was the first time I have made it over an open fire.
I started by sauteing chopped onions in butter until they were tender.
When the onions were translucent and tender, I added 2 cloves of chopped garlic and let it simmer with the onions for a few minutes.
I removed the onion garlic mixture when I was ready to add the chopped rutabaga.
Rutabaga is a root vegetable that is very dense and takes awhile to cook. I didn’t have a clue how long it would take to cook over the fire, and I didn’t want my onions and garlic to burn.
I covered the rutabaga with foil to keep the heat in.
While the rutabaga was cooking, I reminded my grandson of the new pocket knife that I had just bought for him and put him to work peeling and cutting potatoes (bwahaha, beware of grandmas bearing gifts.)
When the rutabaga was almost tender (about 20 minutes,) I added another pat of butter (Paula Dean would be proud,) and the potatoes. I also reintroduced the onions and garlic and seasoned it with salt and pepper.
Since on this trip, I was using canned corned beef, I gave the can with the funky little key to my grandson, and asked him to open it for me (I am sure by this point he was wishing he had stayed in bed like his sister, brother, and cousin.)
I am not even going to try to describe how delicious it was.
Make it for yourself and enjoy!
The other meal we tried for the first time was a hobo turkey dinner. I used a turkey loin.
After spraying two layers of heavy- duty aluminum foil with cooking spray, we seasoned slices of potatoes.
On top of the turkey, we added stuffing that we had made a few minutes before. Stuffing is a favorite side dish of mine when I am camping since you can make it by just adding hot water and a little butter!
On top of the vegetable we added gravy (again, from a packet, just add hot water.)
We wrapped it all up tight and put it on the grate over the fire.
Our dinner took approximately 35 minutes to cook.
I had extra turkey and vegetables that I cooked in a separate pan. I was glad that I did since everyone wanted seconds.
All too soon, it was time to break camp. Another Upper Peninsula vacation had come to an end.
We returned home with a few souvenirs and a lot of good memories. Isn’t that what summer vacations are all about?
Drop me a line at email@example.com and let me know where your family made memories this year. What are your favorite camp recipes? I would love to hear from you!
“The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrance of the grass, speaks to me.
The summit of the mountains, the thunder of the sky, the rhythm of the sea, speaks to me.
The strength of the fire, the taste of salmon, the trail of the sun, and the life that never goes away, they speak to me.
And my heart soars.”
Chief Dan George
- The featured photo is the sunset over Whitefish Bay, July 29, 2016
- Lake Superior flexing her muscles on Whitefish Bay, July 28, 2016
- The sign at the Great Lakes Shipwreck museum.
- The happy couple (whoever they are)
- My family by the Brimley State Park sign
- My grandkids at the Soo Locks
- Making corned beef hash
- Making corned beef hash
- Tiler cutting potatoes for the corned beef hash
- Making corned beef hash
- Tiler and the corned beef key
- A big pan of corned beef hash
- 7 pictures of how we made our turkey dinner
- Me on Whitefish Bay at Brimley State Park