Photo Gallery: The Porcupine Mountains and Lake Superior

ONTONAGON –– It takes eight hours to reach this outpost of the western Upper Peninsula from Michigan's Capitol –– or roughly the same time to travel to the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania.

I made the trek to see how the race for Michigan's open 1st Congressional seat was developing. But I couldn't resist the urge to do a little hiking. Here are some of the gems from my trip: