Exploring Fabius Township and St. Joseph County, Michigan, with side trips all over this Great Lakes state

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Just joking?

Driving along H01 in Alger County last week we came upon an unexpected sign in the forest, a very folkloric-looking sign.  It stood out amongst the trees and vegetation of the Hiawatha National Forest and I had to stop and grab the camera while Gene and Willow waited patiently in the car.  My guess was that since we were definitely in Finnish-settled land of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan the language of the sign was Finnish.   What does it say?

If you have very good eyesight, you might be able to read the English in the lower right hand corner of the sign.  I don't;  so when we arrived home I went straight to Google Translator and was startled by the translation possibilities.   See for yourself what I discovered is the translation of Harran paska puro.  You can see the creek in the second and third pictures.  It doesn't look quite that bad to me!  OK, OK, it is a little brown.........

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  1. Oh those Finns!! [I know because I'm married to one of the hard-headed varieties.] Aptly named creek and thank you for your clever choice today!

  2. Lots of bulls round there?? LOL!

  3. Funny sh...stuff!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  4. Ha, ha, love the translation help and great shots too. Love the reflection.
    J is for ...

  5. well, who knew the Finns were so profound - er- profane?!

  6. Well, the bottom looks brown, but the water looks clear, and you've got some beautiful reflections in the last photo. Very funny post.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  7. LOL, yes just a bit brown :)


  8. Hahaha nice!

    My ABC entry, please come and see. Thanks!

  9. Beautiful place. I'd stop for a look too. :)

  10. just as long as you were not up that creek without a paddle! LOL