Posts Tagged With: Michigan

Travels With Minnie: Bugs Galore

We’ve heard stories about summer bugs in certain parts of the country…now we know. What an introduction we had at Tawas Point State Park along Michigan’s east coast. The campsites were large and lush, the showers were clean and modern and the nature walk was a birdwatcher’s dream. If only we could have enjoyed it a little bit more.

Our morning walk was interrupted by armies of tiny, flying insects buzzing around our faces. Above, the swarm gathered to plan their attack.

We packed up Friday morning and waved goodbye to the Great Lakes Region of the country. Needing an overnight stop on our way south into Ohio, we reserved a place with another Harvest Home member. We have found these stays to be easy, fun and a nice break from the typical campground experience.

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Travels With Minnie: Mackinac Island-A Life Without Cars

We caught an early ferry to explore Mackinac Island.

Charming Mackinac Island sits in Lake Huron, just off the east coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Established in 1895, it’s Michigan’s first state park and offers something for everyone…except car enthusiasts. The automobile ban began in 1898 and remains in effect today. Visitors see the park on foot, bike, horse or in one of the horse-drawn carriages or taxis.

Even trash collection is done with horse and wagon.
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Traveling With Minnie: A Superior Day

We arrived in Ishpeming, Michigan yesterday for a two-night stay on the U.P. That’s short for Upper Peninsula and the folks who live here proudly refer to themselves as Yoopers. Those unlucky enough to live in the lower part of the state below the Mackinac Bridge are, in good fun, referred to as trolls. Why? Well, because we all know that trolls live “under the bridge.”

Another beautiful campsite.

With a full day to fill Sunday, we drove east to the town of Marquette, located on the banks of Lake Superior, the largest of the five Great Lakes.

Gray clouds disappeared as we began our walk along the shoreline of Lake Superior.
Our goal was to walk out to and around Presque Isle Park, an oval-shaped peninsula seen in the distance above.

Tomorrow we will continue east and set up camp at Straits State Park on the north side of the Mackinac Bridge. I guess we’ll see for ourselves if there are any trolls under that bridge!

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