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Jul 16, 2016 - Tunnel of Trees Drive

We drove the Tunnel of Trees today. It is cool and sunny which was perfect. The drive is twenty miles on M-119 from Harbor Springs to Cross Village. Hardwood trees are so close to the road that there is a feeling of traveling through a tunnel. Lake Michigan is visible for much of the drive too.The DOT of Michigan probably had to make up some new signs to mark the roadway's twists and turns. We stopped at Hart Village and couldn't resist a freshly baked pecan roll with a cup of coffee. Delicious! A landmark restaurant named Legs Inn is the...

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Jul 15, 2016 - Harbor Springs

Just nine miles around the shore of Lake Michigan from Petoskey is another attractive town called Harbor Springs. The harbor is filled with boats, large and small. People were enjoying strolliing down Main Street. We made a stop at Kilwin's and bought some fudge. I asked what the most popular flavor was and the clerk said "seasalt caramel" so that's what I bought. I think I should have stuck with something more traditional like milk chocolate with nuts, but it's still good. Penny went with us and had a great time. She thinks evreyone would...

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Jul 20, 2013 - Tunnel of Trees

Today we did one of those things that the tour books say is a “must see.” The Tunnel of Trees runs from Harbor Springs north for 20 miles, ending at Cross Village. When we started, we didn’t know where it would end; only that it was a 20-mile drive. Ralph drove through Petoskey to Harbor Springs and then I took over. He’s our photographer so it made sense for him to be free to photograph. This is a narrow, winding road with no center line. And if you think the trees down south are close to the road, you should have seen these! It was a...

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Jul 18, 2013 - Sturgeon River Kayaking

After breakfast we headed out to kayak the Sturgeon River. At Big Bear Adventures we signed up for shuttle service to an access point. They had us bring our car to the parking area at Burt Lake, which would be our finishing point. We loaded up in their van with all our gear and kayaks and off we went. The Sturgeon River has an average descent of 14 feet per mile and is the fastest river in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. It's not whitewater, but exciting and challenging with its quick current, leaning trees, numerous sharp turns, and narrow...

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Jul 17, 2013 - Biking to town of Harbor Springs

It is a little cooler today. Our plan is to bike into the town of Harbor Springs. We left the house at 9:15 and drove to the air strip parking lot where we picked up the Little Traverse Wheelway bike path. About two miles into the ride we detoured off the path and rode on the road along the water's edge into Harbor Springs. We stopped at a Farmer's Market in town and I bought some cherries and John bought a scone. We continued our ride, leaving Harbor Springs heading to Petoskey. We ate lunch at the Twisted Olive. It was a nice place and we...

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Jul 16, 2013 - 30th Wedding Anniversary

Today is a special day for us. We married 30 years ago today. What a great way to celebrate our anniversary. Our plan is to kayak today. We left at 9:30 and headed over to Crooked Lake. The boat access was easy to find using the GPS. We unloaded the boats and headed over to Pickerel Lake through a narrow channel. We paddled along the lake's edge and looked for wildlife. I saw a pike and John saw a carp. There were lots of kingfishers and cedar waxwings too. We kayaked through tall reeds sticking out of the water. After about 2 hours we...

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Jul 14, 2013 - Little Traverse Wheelway

We all left the house at 9:00 for a bike ride on the Little Traverse Wheelway. The scenery on this bike path is so captivating that we had to stop at several points along the way just to savor it. There were stunning views of Little Traverse Bay all along the way. This 26 mile asphalt trail travels over a mostly flat, occasionally hilly terrain. Resort Bluff, west of Petoskey, offers some of the most spectacular scenery on the trail. Other highlights include a long boardwalk through a wetlands area east of Charlevoix, and the roadside park...

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Jul 17, 2011 - Harbor Springs

Today was HOT! I know, I know, stop whining, Sheila - it's been hot EVERYWHERE. But it got up into the 90s today, and it's been in the mid to high 70s for the last week, so we didn't like it. We took the car to a car wash - it's kind of embarrassing to be in a classy place like this with a car that looks like we've been driving off-road for a couple weeks! Then we took a 20-minute-or-so drive around Little Traverse Bay to the pretty little town of Harbor Springs. Last night when we stopped to get ice cream, we were talking to a very nice...

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2011 Northwest Trip

Jul 4, 2010 - Harbor Springs #2

Sunday July 4 We helped Jean and George clean up after the 55 year class reunion from his high school, hung out till mid afternoon. Had a nice drive back across the state, and realized that the Branz’s are great people to be around. They were making BBQ out of some left over pork. Jean looked at me and said “we have ice cream to finish up.” Donna says “you just had ice cream at lunch.” Jean looked at me and I said “So.” Jean and I laughed at the idea that the Branz’s like their ice cream; ok most of them. Donna didn’t have ice cream with us...

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Our Maiden Voyage

Jul 1, 2010 - Harbor Springs

Wednesday June 30 After leaving Grand Rapids and deciding the route on the road we thought it would be a good idea to know the route we wanted BEFORE we got on the road to Harbor Springs from Clare. So, we liked the idea of no interstate, and Paul gave us a route to go so we could stay off the fast pace. Had a beautiful drive, up to the bay and around to Jean and George’s house. Good thing they live at the end of the road, because that’s where the HH is sitting. In the road, tooooooo many trees to get to the house. George has a shop part...

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Our Maiden Voyage



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