Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Hancock, Michigan, United States

Aug 12, 2016 - Houghton

Thur., Aug. 11th – The good news was, Bruce and Carla were able to get all 3 slides repaired at Hilltop RV in Ishpeming. The bad news was, their truck had to go into the Chevy dealer for service needing a 5 hr. injector job. That meant we would miss the next reservation on our schedule up in Houghton. The good news was, we were able to get 2 sites right next door to the RV dealer and the Chevrolet dealer gave the Fergusons a loaner car. So we enjoyed dinner at Crossroads and spent an unexpected extra night in the Marquette area. All in all,...

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Jul 16, 2014 - All About Mining

The upper part of Michigan is all about mining and we are learning about the history of mining in several different ways. In Ispheming, we took a guided bike tour along a former mine rail line that is now a rails-to-trail path. We saw long-closed open pit mines now being reclaimed by nature and ruins of mine hoists as well as other buildings. It was especially helpful to see the before and after pictures our guide showed us. Another day we rode along the Lake Superior shoreline in Marquette passing by huge ore docks where freighters are...

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Sep 29, 2012 - Mine, pasties and smoked fish

Today we went to see the Quincy Mine Hoist. We had been looking forward to touring this copper mine. We went through the above ground museum first and then donned hardhats and warm jackets for the tour. We took a cog wheel train to the mine opening at the seventh level which was down the hillside. There were 92 levels over 2,000 feet down but now all but the top 7 are flooded. Then we were driven inside the mine on a tractor trolley. Once all the way inside we got off and took the inside tour. Very interesting. Very cold!! Glad we had the...

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Sep 28, 2012 - Newberry, Michigan to Hancock, Michigan

Got up and headed to Hancock, Michigan to see the Quincy Mine Hoist. As we drove the fall colors got prettier and prettier. We drove along Lake Superior during the day and got out and walked or took pictures. We passed many many lakes. We have seen many eagles, hawks and vultures in our travels. At Portage Lake we took more pictures of the fall colors. We drove through Houghton, Michigan and crossed the river and arrived in Hancock at the city campground. It was a very nice park and quite busy that weekend.

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Jul 28, 2011 - Quincy Copper Mine

Today we toured the Quincy Copper Mine in Hancock, MI. Very, very interesting! After taking a walking tour of the Number 2 Hoist House (housing the world's largest steam-driven mine hoist), we put on our hard hats and jackets (provided by the tour company) and boarded a cog rail car down to the mine entrance. Then we boarded a tram that took us 375 ft. down to the 7th level of the mine (there were 92 levels at the peak of the mine operation). The temperature was in the mid-80s here in Hancock, MI today, but the down in the mine it was 43...

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Trip Journal

2011 Northwest Trip

Jul 19, 2011 - Like A Rock

Got out early and headed for the city docks in Munising MI for a boat tour of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior. Now I love a boat ride but one with such beauty is magnificent. Nature certainly has left us with some wonderful views. After lunch we boogied up even further north. If you look at the map on this page you will see we are headed to the tip of the peninsula, the furthest northern point in Michigan. We are in a great campground right on a canal/river. Enjoy the pics.

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Jul 11, 2010 - Overnight Only

This was a quick set up camp and head out in the morning, but it sets the mark on the map so we can figure out how far we travel each day. We are on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan which is a really pretty area. We'll tell you more when we have seen more. Hope you are all healthy and happy and enjoying your summer. Onward.

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Sep 27, 2009 - Quincy Mine Tour

After setting up in the rain, I drove into Calumet to make a phone call. The rain practically stopped, so I took a little drive to go by the mine I saw on my way up here and to find out if they have tours in the rain for something for me to do tomorrow. But, a tour was starting in 15 minutes and they give you a jacket and hard hat for part of the tour so I didn’t have to come prepared for the cold! So, without my camera, I took the tour. While I saw some remaining buildings in Calumet that were part of the biggest and most profitable mine...

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