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Oct 11, 2014 - Sunset over our Campsite

Following our great day of touring to lighthouses, we finished off the day with a lakeside meal at sunset. These pics show what a beautiful evening it was ... some great sunset views. The final event of our time with our friends Randy and Holly was another showdown of Euchre. Randy and I beat the girls well the night before ... and true to fashion we did it again tonight. Too bad, girls ... and quit calling us those nasty names ...

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Oct 11, 2014 - Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival Tour

It was a touring day with our friends Randy and Holly. Directions in hand, Bob was the navigator ... steering wheel in hand, Randy was the pilot ... gabbing in the back seat, Bonnie and Holly were the back seat drivers and otherwise smart-alicks. Enjoyed seeing several lighthouses ... lots of great sights, stairs to climb, and laughter. Good time was had by all.

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Oct 9, 2014 - Along Lake Huron

Following our wonderful Niagara Falls experience, we pointed the truck / camper west to begin our return trip to Wisconsin. Decided to spend the night on Lake Huron ... to complete our "Great Lakes Experience", in that we have camped on the shores of each of the five Great Lakes in the last 30 days. No Provincial Park sites right on the water ... but within sound of the wave making white caps ... just on the other side of the dunes. This park reminded us a lot of Indiana Dunes Park on our second day out for this trip, on Lake Michigan. We...

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Aug 21, 2014 - Sunrise side of the state - Alpena

On Thursday morning, Jay took a short bike ride before we left on our 2 hour drive to Alpena to visit our friends Diane and Jim. I used to work with Diane in San Diego 26 years ago before she and Jim moved to Alpena to raise their children. We even went to their wedding. But it's sure been a while since we've seen them. Our GPS took us on an interesting route to Alpena and told us to turn on a dirt road for 17 miles. Well, Jay went right past that turn! So we ended up having to go around the next lake for an extra 20 miles added to the...

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Jul 13, 2014 - Alpena, MI - Lake Huron Drive & Shipwrecks Museum

(Ron Writing) We left Mackinaw City early this afternoon and headed southeast on US-23, which follows closely along the west shore of Lake Huron. This is a good highway, not very busy and quite scenic. About 80% of the time our views of the lake were obscured by the heavily forested land beside the highway but there were many places with nice unobstructed views. On much of this drive there is a single row of lake front homes between the highway and the shoreline. We made a couple stops to enjoy scenic views of the lake but our first real...

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Aug 7, 2013 - Not so much truth in advertising - a.k.a Alpena

We set the alarm for bright and early to regretfully leave the Les Cheneaux Islands. The weather looked to be good for travel early in the day and then developing into some challenging stuff in the afternoon so we got going pretty early. Unfortunately we had to wait for the fuel dock at Murtaugh boat works to open because they had closed early the day before. We also ended up having to plan an additional fuel stop as Murtaughs felt it was ok to charge $5.29 per gallon being the only game in town and that was our planned fuel stop for this...

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From BP to the UP!

Jul 19, 2013 - Two Great Stops

Days 136 - 137 of The Big Trip On the 18th, I was back to normal and really wanted to visit the island, so Sandi went with me. We made it for the 9:00am ferry. As we approached the island, we could see it was raining and we'd brought no umbrella. By the time we docked, it wasn't raining anymore and we started walking. We didn't have time to do a lot, so we chose to go see the Grand Hotel. There are no cars allowed on the island and all transportation is done by carriage, bicycle, cart, feet, etc. Beautiful draft horses were everywhere and...

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Aug 10, 2012 - To Alpena, MI

We head south toward Lake Michigan. We stop. “What’s that?” We see many Sandhill Cranes in a field. We now know where they spend the summer. At Lake Michigan we head east on Route 2. We stop at an overlook .We can see an ore hauler in the distance. We like the Great Lakes. We continue toward Mackinac Bridge. I am not thrilled that the wind is picking up. I promise myself that I will look around as we cross! At the bridge, we see the same warning as in 2010. “High Winds - Speed Limit 20 Miles per Hour” We put the flashers on. There is road...

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Aug 19, 2011 - Thunder River, Alpena, MI

August 18, 2011 Left Port Crescent SP and planned to go to Tawas SP located north along Route 23 along Lake Huron. Unfortunately, they had no room. Went further north to Harrisville SP and they had no spaces big enough for us. That is the problem with the state parks. Trying to maneuver around the campground loops is bad enough but trying to get into the spaces is almost impossible. So, left there and found a spot for three nights outside of Alpena, MI at Camper’s Cove campground with a beautiful big spot along the Thunder River. Took all...

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Jul 15, 2011 - Another Chamber of Commerce Day

Great weather has been travelling with us during the last 2 weeks and it continued yesterday as we drove further up the coast of Lake Huron MI. We got a little late start after sleeping in a bit but did manage to put on over 100 miles. First stop was in Tawas a a park to do a little business telephoning and stretch our legs. This park reminded both of us of the Freeport NY park at the end of the Nautical Mile where my father and I go. Then on to Sturgeon Pt. What a view and a light house with a super museum depicting the nearly 200 years of...

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May 15, 2011 - Alpena, MI

Today started out just like it ended, very cold (in the 30's) and rainy. It was a good thing I packed another blanket. We drove north along the coast of Lake Huron, this area looks a lot like Bellingham, a lot of farms, woods, and fields. The coastal area is a lot like Birch Bay, but the water is very windblown and big waves. We decided to take a break and stay in a hotel tonight, so we're at a Best Western in Alpena,MI. The weather is better, sunny and about 50 out, but still cold with the wind blowing. Hoping to see some moose and elk...

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usa 2011

Jun 15, 2010 - Alpena, Michigan

June 15 Campers Cove Campground Alpena, MI We made it over the border today and into Michigan. I found a route that had some lighthouses and we stopped at three of them. We went up into the tower of two of the lighthouses where the actual light is located. One of them still had the Fresnel light operating. The stairs were winding and lots of fun for me since I get dizzy at the drop of a hat. The lighthouses we toured were being restored and had lots of donated old furniture in them that made it quite interesting. Since there are at least...

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