The last place on earth

The last place on earth

How many of us have seen this sign before?  At some outpost or outreach of the known world?  A sign will declare we’re at the “Last Place on Earth”.  And some of us, sometimes, believe it.

When you’re headed up the Keweenaw Peninsula (like I was last week) you begin to feel like you’re getting as far away from civilization as possible.  Maybe northern Canada is farther away, but that feels like the nether-lands.  Wherever you are when that sign presents itself is far away from the comfortable cities, far away from established coffee shops, far away from places where you can have a hundred choices of restaurants to visit.  You’re in an Outpost.  And that, in itself, can be charming.

And where shalt thou park?

And where shalt thou park?

And if you’re in this northernmost outpost, where shall you park?  If you’re visiting a monastery (or the Jam Pot–see previous post) you must obey the sign.  Do not park here.  Or the Lord shall possibly have His revenge, if you believe the sign.  Instead, follow the other signs to the parking lot at the other side of the building.  You’ll be closer to Heaven if you do.  Or so I assume.

Sign on the Harbor Haus restaurant door.  Do not touch.

Sign on the Harbor Haus restaurant door. Do not touch.

If you visit the Harbor Haus restuarant in Copper Harbor, do not touch the copper door.  You’ve been warned.  Do you know how hot copper gets in the sun?  I tell you, beware.  This sign is not just here for entertainment. 

Follow US 41 from the Upper Peninsula and guess where you'll end up?

Follow US 41 from the Upper Peninsula and guess where you'll end up?

Answer to above caption:  Florida.  Yes, it’s true.  I have spent days in Fort Myers, Florida and guess what highway runs through there?  You’ve got it.  US-41.  It stretches down through many a state and ends up in Florida.  1990 miles to Miami, or so the sign says.  I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll fly.  Much quicker.

Keweenaw Vortex, eh?

Keweenaw Vortex, eh?

And then there’s the Keweenaw Vortex.  Who would have thought?  Turns out we’re in the midst of a vortex, which probably explains Everything.  Any weird behavior you sense from this area…well, it’s not the fault of the receiver.  It’s the vortex spinning round and round. 

That happens at the Last Place on Earth.  So they say.

(P.S.  outdoors today–in the garden, and on the deck.  I even fell asleep on the deck in mid-afternoon in the shade in the 78 degree weather.  How wonderful is that?)

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