This is an opinion piece by Heidi Porter, an entrepreneur with 35 years in the tech industry, Ben, a Generation Z Bitcoin evangelist, and Xa Ya Za Za, a business owner, artist, and person. whisper button.
Have you heard the exciting news? There is a new Bitcoin beach in the world! It is also the furthest north of any Bitcoin beach area, located on 130 acres of private land in central Michigan.
Bitcoin Beach North at Satoshi Lake is located at latitude 42.9272437. Both Bitcoin Beach North and Lake Satoshi can be explored on Google Maps.
This Bitcoin beach will even freeze in winter and turn into a hot spot for ice fishing!
The first annual Bitcoin Beach BBQ is held on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Somewhere around 70-85 Bitcoiners and pre-coiners come from all over Michigan to camp, hang out. , go eat and talk and learn about Bitcoin.
It’s great to just hang out with the sand and sun and some hardcore hunters – in real life – with Bitcoiners. Conversations are easy. No phones and texting, just talk and talk about a wide variety of Bitcoin topics.
Mike Smith has owned this property since 1992, originally purchased as a gravel pit for his excavation company. The lake was recently re-named Satoshi Lake and Bitcoin Beach North in March 2021. At the BBQ, Smith gave a Bitcoin presentation and handed out several coats, shirts, and swags to the crypto people. chemistry has come to the event of learning about Bitcoin.
However, another Bitcoiner “Ben” worked with his Bitcoiner to make the first BBQ at the Bitcoin Beach North event welcoming and informative for all. He’s been a Bitcoiner since high school, so he’s been making money since he was 17 years old. Ben is currently helping at Bitcoin 101 with marketing and education.
The third member of the Bitcoin 101 trio is PF. Smith and PF worked together throughout the 90s and were merged back through Bitcoin. PF is responsible for maintaining the Bitcoin 101 website, as well as the Plebeian Network of Michigan. More on that, in a follow-up article.
An illustrative post showing the way to Bitcoin companies and milestones. Much of the time was spent on the totem sign – discussing the various hints and meanings, and which others should (or shouldn’t) be added. At first, there is a hint that most people are not clear on, which is a fun quiz to see if you guessed correctly. We all spent time thinking and talking about it, and some of us finally got it. You will have to visit it, to make your predictions!
Such a great event, it is only a small part of what is happening around Bitcoin Beach North and Bitcoin education and community in Michigan and surrounding areas.
Mike Smith runs Bitcoin 101, a Bitcoin service and education office located in a historic bank building in Ovid, Michigan – about 6 miles from Bitcoin Beach North at Satoshi Lake.
Smith set out to place the Bitcoin serviced office in an old bank building. However, to his surprise, the first bank he considered buying wouldn’t sell him because he was promoting Bitcoin!
Like so many obstacles in life, Smith says the eventual failure was a blessing because they found a much better building, just 5 minutes from Bitcoin Beach North. One day, Smith was driving to the bank and saw a sign for sale in the window. This time, he was more secretive about his intention to turn it into a Bitcoin education center, and it worked!
The current building is a treasure trove of fiat banking history and lessons, with banknotes from the 1800s and a mechanical bank vault manufactured in Hamilton, Ohio. Today, vaults are secured with a combination of digital and mechanical keys.
Smith and his Bitcoin team are establishing historical displays of past and future money. They also run various Bitcoin miners to heat up the office in very cold Michigan winters.
Given that Bitcoin 101 and Bitcoin Beach North are not far from the Michigan State House in Lansing, Smith hopes to sit down with local lawmakers, business owners and residents during their upcoming monthly meetings. The first meeting between Michigan will take place on Wednesday, October 19. Check Bitcoin101.io website for details.
Several other Bitcoin meetups are currently taking place across the state of Michigan in the Grand Rapids, Detroit, and in the Port of Benton (home of device maker Whirlpool, not a CoinJoin implementation).
If you’re ever in Michigan, check out Bitcoin 101 and Bitcoin Beach North – summer or winter!
Michigan’s bitcoin miners are thriving for Bitcoin’s robust, censorship-resistant currency.
This is a post by Heidi Porter. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BTC Inc. or Bitcoin Magazine.