Marquette, Michigan, It’s Snowing!
Some of my fondest childhood memories are from looking at the street lights in Northern Michigan at night in the winter to see if it was snowing. If it was really coming down, base housing on KI Sawyer AFB was accompanied by the rumbling sound of diesel-powered snow plows coming through to clear the streets in a helpless battle against Mother Nature. If it was a real storm, then it was pretty much a cinch that school was going to be cancelled the next morning, and to me, from ages 7-12, that was a very good thing.
So tonight, from Dallas, Texas, I am watching a webcam of the goings on in Marquette, about 20 miles from the old Air Force Base, and a snow storm is underway. Already I’ve downloaded pics from Calumet, not far from Marquette and then a few spots in the lakeside city. It’s beautiful to see and reminds me of happier times.
What Would It Be Like To Go Back?
Well, for one thing, the base is no more and much what’s left is crumbling to ruin because of the BRACC closures that took place in the 1990s. The economy has been hard-pressed, like many communities throughout the country that once were dependent on SAC bases.
But life does go on.
Could I handle the cold at my age? In Field of Dreams, Actor Burt Lancaster says “Once a place touches you like this, the wind never blows so cold again.” I know that feeling.
Would I find as much joy in it all now?
I have no doubt it’d be different, but it’d be joyous to be somewhere I’d feel like I was in my younger youth once again. Regardless, I want to thank the fokes at Lake Superior Magazine for putting up the webcams around the UP. It’s great for those of us who wish we could come back. And right at this moment, that feeling is a little overwhelming.