A ghostly hitchhiker near Coopersville…a pink elephant in the woods…The Lake Superior Monster. I thought I knew a lot about the state, but I’ve been learning more thanks to a Christmas gift, “Strange Michigan: More Wolverine Weirdness.” The book inspires revision of the state motto* to, “If you seek a peculiar peninsula, look about you.”
The authors, Linda S. Godfrey and Lisa A. Shiel, fill more than 190 pages with stories, photos and illustrations of oddball roadside attractions, personalities, and UFO sightings and ghost stories contributed by very sincere-sounding eye witnesses.
Tales of haunted hotels and encounters with a variety of Big Foot-like creatures make a good read on a winter evening, and could come in handy as a guide to adding some fun detours to a road trip.
“Strange Michigan” is a sequel to “Weird Michigan” by Linda and 2 other writers; both are available at bookstores and at Amazon.com.
* Michigan’s official motto, which appears on the state flag is, “Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice.” “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.”