IN SEARCH OF SKIING: Midwest Part 2, Mt. Ripley
“Dude, you better put ketchup on that.”
Alec is right, this grilled cheese and bacon sandwich might only cost $3.50, but without the added ketchup I might as well be burning money to eat the ashes. I set my plastic tray down on a cafeteria-style table inside of Mont Ripley's one-room lodge while dodging a few children between the ketchup dispenser and my first bite. It's been Hell to get to this little lodge that doesn't possess a liquor license. Ankle biters run rampant, but after a day-and-a-half of constant skiing, it doesn't matter where we are. What matters is that the grilled cheese and bacon sandwich tastes just great with ketchup. It also matters that my legs can't move, but I know I'm going back out for more.
Houghton, Michigan is a marshmallow puff dreamland of 6 foot snow banks and snow-capped houses just waiting for a Jet Puff revival advertising campaign. We've found the place where old men go to die, while clutching snow shovels. Luckily for us, Mont Ripley is only a five minute drive between ever circulating snowplows and downtown Houghton.