Andy and dad

Two-year-old Andy Steinke checks out his new Mickey Mouse fishing pole with his dad.

Every summer as a kid, our family would pack the trailer, pile in the conversion van and make the long trip to Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula.

My grandparents owned a second home in Bergland, just a short walk from the north shores of Lake Gogebic. That was our destination as soon as the Sodus little league season was over.

Andy with fish

Andy Steinke shows off his catch at Lake Gogebic in Bergland in 1992.

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