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Oswald’s Bear Ranch

Friendly Mama Bear
Friendly Mama Bear

One of highlights of our trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was visiting Oswald’s Bear Ranch.  The Oswald’s have been rescuing these animals for decades and it was wonderful to see how well they were treated.  We were able to play with and feed a bear cub and she was noticeably clean and healthy (and happy).  The keepers, mostly family, truly care about these bears as was clear by the way they treated them and loved on them.

It was also reasonably priced.  Twenty dollars per carload and $3.00 for a small bag of apples which some of the bears would sit up for..

Meeting a New Friend
Meeting a New Friend

Pickle Barrel House

Pickle Barrel House - Grand Marais, Michigan
Pickle Barrel House – Grand Marais, Michigan

This strange little house is one thing I remember from my childhood and was awesome to see once again.

Below is from Pure Michigan’s website:

The Pickle Barrel House is one of the most unique structures in the country. This larger-than-life pickle barrel was originally built in 1926 by the Pioneer Cooperage Company as a summer home for cartoonist William Donahey. Donahey, the creator of the Chicago Tribune’s popular “Teenie Weenie” cartoon strip, also drew advertisements for pickle-peddlers Reid-Murdock & Co., who sold their product in a much smaller version of the barrel you see here. The cottage, which contains a living area, pantry, kitchen, and bedroom, stood on the shore of Sable Lake until 1937, when the house was moved into Grand Marais and placed on the corner of Lake Avenue and Randolph Street. For years it was a visitors information center, ice cream stand, and gift shop, and in 2003 the Historical Society purchased the building. It has been restored to its original condition as a summer cottage of the 1920s. Don’t miss this very special place. Kids especially love it! Museum is also on the National Register of Historic Places.