Let’s talk about the challenge of being vegan in northern Michigan…. and by northern, I mean the “Upper Peninsula.”
If you are at all familiar with, or are from Michigan, than you know that the U.P. is a completely different world. Life slows down up here, the cities are quaint (the largest being Marquette with a population of just over 21,000), and it is the closest you can probably come to finding people who live off of the land. A.k.a. not very vegan friendly. If it is a hunt-able animal, you better believe they have made a jerky out of it. Upon coming into town last night, there were more people out on the lake ice-fishing than there were in the town.
It is hard being vegetarian up here, much less vegan. So, eating has been a bit of a challenge (nothing but carbs for the most part). As I type, I am enjoying a lettuce and mustard sandwich. But hey, beggars can’t be choosers.
The great thing about the U.P., though, is the people. You will not meet nicer, more accommodating, salt of the earth people. We pulled into town late last night (skated in basically), and could not find an open place to eat. We did find a bar (thank God), and after telling us they didn’t serve food, gave us the numbers of places that might be open, and even places that would deliver to us right there! So we ordered in to the bar.
If you ever get a chance, Michigan’s U.P. is a beautiful place to visit (just pack snacks if you are a vegan).
Hope everyone had a great weekend!