Monthly Archives: August 2014

August 12, 2014 – Munising to Houlton, Michigan

After a night of off-and-on rain, a cool dreary morning mist greeted us as we began to get our coaches ready to hit the road. While the routine functions went smoothly, our steps are still a problem and need to … Continue reading

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August 11, 2014 – Pictured Rocks, Lake Superior, Munising, Michigan

Our plan was to take a sunset cruise of the Pictured Ricks National Lakeshore on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula’s north shore. However, when looking at the weather forecast (lots of rain and possible high winds) for this evening, we opted to … Continue reading

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August 10, 2014 – Munising, MI

Again today, as we drove west from Newberry to Munising, we were reminded that Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is an area of contrasts. With an area of 16,377 square miles, or 29% of Michigan’s land area, but a population of only … Continue reading

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August 9, 2014 – Bear Ranch – Tahquamenon Falls – Chain Saw Art

Today we struck out alone, initially headed for Oswald’s Bear Ranch … the largest (bear only) bear ranch in the United States. It began in 1984 when the owner, interestingly a former boxer, rescued a baby bear. As Michigan law … Continue reading

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August 8, 2014 – Short Drive to Newberry, MI

Today would have been a pretty normal day were it not for a couple of issues with our motor home, one apparently electrical and the other possible hydraulic. It seems our steps (into our coach) are going OUT while driving … Continue reading

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August 7, 2014 – Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the Soo Locks

Traveling over the Mackinac Bridge, we entered Michigan’s UP (or Upper Peninsula) enroute to Sault Sainte Marie. Just north of the bridge, we passed Castle Rock Which we’d climbed on our prior trip through the UP on our way to … Continue reading

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August 6, 2014 – Mackinac City

Along with a few errands and a car wash for our Jeep, we stuck out to see a few sights in Mackinaw City. Our first stops were at the Old Mackinaw Lighthouse and the McGulpin Point Lighthouse two of seven … Continue reading

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August 5, 2014 – Mackinac Island

This morning we took the high-speed ferry over to Mackinac Island … with an interesting detour under the Mackinac Bridge. The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere and the fifth longest in the world. The … Continue reading

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August 4, 2014 – CCC Camp – Cross in the Woods Shrine (World’s Largest Crucifix) and Mackinaw City

Leaving Frankenmuth, we were still deep in patriotic soy, wheat and corn country. However, as we drove north, the farms gave way to a more forested landscape occasionally interrupted by old and humorous artifacts and even the first hints of … Continue reading

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August 3, 2014 – Frankenmuth and Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland

This morning, Dave and LaDonna joined us in the short drive to downtown Frankenmuth, a classy tourist town whose architecture has been strongly influenced by a Franconian-style and feature stylistic interpretations of the timber-framed buildings found in the Franconia region … Continue reading

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