It’s more likely for someone from rural beginnings, having lived in natures gullet, to also adapt well and work in the city than it is for the fast paced city dweller to get dirty in what nature is and has to offer. 

This site is for you city folk who have that warm ember, ready to ignite the fire of natures calling inside us all. We’d like to help you respond to that call. 

We look forward to hearing about your journey, and of suggestions you might have for other worthy travelers. 


It’s nothing personal, but Yoopers have a few choice nicknames for tourists:

Here's a tip - don't want to stand out like an obvious Fudgie? When asking for a pastie don't call it a "paistee". Say pass-tee. Otherwise you're a sure giveaway!

Here's a tip - don't want to stand out like an obvious Fudgie? When asking for a pastie don't call it a "paistee". Say pass-tee. Otherwise you're a sure giveaway!

  • Troll - Pretty straightforward. If you live below the Mackinac bridge, you're a troll.
  • Fudgie - Ever been to Mackinac Island? It's full of delicious fudge - which finds itself on store shelves across the U.P. and to some stretches of the lower. Most summer tourists can be classified as a Fudgie.
  • Smelt Dipper - Although the sport is not as bountiful as years past, the name still applies for the spring sportsman.
  • Newly wed or Nearly Dead - Maybe a bit on the morbid side, but it identifies the age demographics of the many travelers that visit the fall colors.
  • Sugar Beeter and Apple Knocker - This is for all the Trolls who drive North for deer season carrying a truckload of bait.

Here's a guide for some of our favorite UP pasties


James Studinger is the founder of Call of the Yooper and grew up in Manistique Michigan.

James is passionate about the outdoors, engaging in all sorts of sports from triathlons, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing. 

He is the author of the book Wealth Is a Choice. James is a frequent guest on Fox News for their Money Works segment and a public speaker for groups and events.

He is the Vice Chair of the Michigan JumpStart Coalition. JumpStart is the premier advocate for financial literacy in Michigan’s schools. Although not currently living in the U.P. - business, friends and family get him back home often. James loves to share his experiences in hopes that others will further appreciate the outdoors and reconnect with nature.

Contact via email - James@Jpstudinger.com