Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Houghton MI (Low 48 Times of Clouds and Sun High 71)

This area sure does like its Festivals that is for sure. We recently went to the 2013 Pasty Fest in nearby Calumet.

We went with our new blogging friends, Bob and Linda from Bob and Linda's RV Travels.

There was a parade before the Pasty Fest began, every parade has a band.

There was also old vehicles in the parade.

Along with an historic fire truck.

We went back to the festival grounds and walked around for awhile. There were food stands and of course jewelry stands to be visited.

We saw the neatest dogs, Alaskan Huskies. Although not a pure breed or recognized by the AKC, these dogs are the result of breeding Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamutes and other breeds. They are the one of the best sled dogs in the world and these dogs were training for the Copper Dog 150, a sled race that begins in Calumet. Here you can see the blue eyes showing its Siberian Husky background.

The judging for the best Pasty was not until later in the afternoon so the entries were just beginning to show up.

Another great day in the Upper Peninsula, this time with new friends we met because we both blog about our full-timing adventures in a Carriage RV.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo


  1. I had a pasty yesterday for lunch in Deer Lodge. I know some folks don't care for them but I sure do like them. Did you find any good ones? That does not look like any sled dog I've ever seen. I'm used to the furry huskies.

    1. Thought a pasty was a UP thing. We only have had them up here and we have found some great ones, both traditional and specialty. Specialty is a variation like chicken broccoli cheese and potatoes, or turkey dinner with turkey stuffing potatoes gravy and cranberries. There are pizza ones, breakfast ones, and a place in Munising that does dessert ones with blueberry, apricot, cherry, etc. We really like them.

  2. Think Pasties are a Scandinavian mining tradition and you may find them wherever Scandinavians immigrated to the US to work in mines. There was one shop in the Black Hills area but we didn't get to it. I think pasties are great!

  3. I have never heard of a Pasty Fest. Sounds yummmmmy!

  4. Interesting how different cultures have somewhat similar ways of fixing foods... we've had pastys when "up north"... but down here in Texas, they are quite similar to an empanada. No matter... either/both are delicious!

  5. hey your just up the road from us... tried a few pastys but didn't really enjoy them a lot...

  6. We did enjoy the festival, and the pasties. Travel safe new friends.
    Bob and Linda