Where’s this “up north” we all escape to in Michigan?
A slim majority (28 percent) of the nearly 500 people who took this week’s Heller Poll said it begins in Cadillac in Wexford County. Sixty two percent of those polled, however, chose, well, just about everywhere else in the state, including Bay City (12 percent), Clare (20), Grayling (15), the Straits of Mackinac (9 percent).
All of these people are wrong, of course, because it’s my poll and I say so. I contend that “up north” begins wherever I escape the feeling that I’m downstate. Usually that’s wherever I’m at when I notice the smell of pine in the air and the soil turns sandy.
So, OK, let’s say Grayling.
Although I must say that Cal makes a persuasive argument for Clare. Cal says: “You can see the exact line on the Michigan soil type map just north of Clare. The more northern (boreal) biome begins on the hillside north of Clare. McKays large cattle ranch in the valley, and pines starting to appear among the hardwoods on the hillside where the northbound highway starts to climb the side of the moraine.”
He had me at “biome.”
OldUgly was similarly persuasive: “Clare! No doubt. No arguments. No waffling. Is, has been, always will be. End of discussion. Memorize this, there will be a quiz later. If you doubt me, walk into Cops and Doughnuts and announce you don’t believe Clare is the Gateway to the North. On second thought–don’t do anything that foolish.”
Trust me, I won’t.
If I did, they might not sell me doughnuts.
I really like doughnuts.