Although many view Michigan's Upper Peninsula as paradise, there is even a town on the U.P. named Paradise, but that doesn't guarantee an easy living up north.
Even during the best of times, many denizens of the Upper Peninsula, as well as northern Wisconsin, hold more than one job and supplement their modest incomes by planting Christmas trees, selling firewood, or food items from their homes.
For instance, I had dinner at a Pizza Hut in Sault Ste. Marie, a town of about 15,000 people. The next morning I took a close look at the room attendant at the motel I where I stayed--she was the same woman who was my waitress the night before.
There isn't much industry on the U.P, its peninsular status on the northern end of the nation gives it a "Tyranny of Distance," a term used to describe the export limitations of Australia.
But it's quiet and mostly devoid of people. Which is why people like myself travel to the Upper Peninsula.
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