Journey through the Upper Peninsula

I recently loaded my car and hit the road through Michigan's Upper Peninsula on a week-long assignment for the Detroit Free Press. Having only been in the U.P. a handful of times, I was amazed at the diversity of the land; from the cityscape of Marquette to the serene backroads all along the way, each city offers a new adventure. Solitude is easy to find, making it ideal to embrace the beauty of the landscapes. These are a few sights captured on my downtime along the way.

 A rusty Ford truck sits along the roadway in Humboldt, MI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza/ Pop Mod Photo

A rusty Ford truck sits along the roadway in Humboldt, MI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza/ Pop Mod Photo

 The Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse at the Lake Michigan Beach in Manistique, MI is seen as the sun sets in the state's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

The Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse at the Lake Michigan Beach in Manistique, MI is seen as the sun sets in the state's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

 A view from above of Copper Harbor, MI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

A view from above of Copper Harbor, MI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

 Scenes from Da Yoopers Tourist Trap in Ishpeming, MI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo I

Scenes from Da Yoopers Tourist Trap in Ishpeming, MI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo I

 The remains of a structure at the Quincy Mines in Hancock, MI  are seen in the state's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

The remains of a structure at the Quincy Mines in Hancock, MI  are seen in the state's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

 Waves crash along the Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse at the Lake Michigan Beach in Manistique, MI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

Waves crash along the Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse at the Lake Michigan Beach in Manistique, MI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

 The Portage Lake Lift Bridge is seen in front of downtown Houghton, MI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that separates the city from Hancock, MI. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

The Portage Lake Lift Bridge is seen in front of downtown Houghton, MI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that separates the city from Hancock, MI. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

 A view of downtown Houghton, MI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

A view of downtown Houghton, MI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

 A view from above of Copper Harbor, MI on the Brockway Mountain Drive in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

A view from above of Copper Harbor, MI on the Brockway Mountain Drive in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

 Rock formations along U.S. Route 41 are seen in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo

Rock formations along U.S. Route 41 are seen in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo

 A weathered Dodge truck sits in a field in Calumet, MI in the state's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

A weathered Dodge truck sits in a field in Calumet, MI in the state's Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

 A family is seen skipping rocks at a beach overlooking Lake Huron in Mackinaw City, MI in front of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo 

A family is seen skipping rocks at a beach overlooking Lake Huron in Mackinaw City, MI in front of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Ryan Garza / Pop Mod Photo