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Sep 10, 2013 - Day 1 - Gladwin, MI to Van Riper State Park)

After a wonderful weekend celebrating friendship and music at the Wheatland Music Festival, followed on Monday by a great meal of Frogmore Stew served by Jeff and Judy Baczynski, we finally began our trip. By the way, our "stew" consisted of lobster tails, shrimp, sausage and potatoes. Oh yummy.... We left Gladwin at about 11:30 am on Tuesday. It was hot and humid when we left but just kept getting cooler as we headed north. We stopped in Munising to get pasties for dinner at Muldoons--voted #1 in the UP for their pasties. I have to admit...

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Jul 12, 2013 - Superior Beach Day

Well, we decided to stay one more day at Gitche Gumee campground and spend a day on the beach which is across the road from our site. We had a nice morning enjoying the sun and cool weather. We ventured out to see Presque Isle Point State Park. We remembered last year there was a wonderful state park on Lake Erie by the same name and we were curious if it would be similar. It was nice with some great views of the lake, but not nearly as nice as the one on Lake Erie. We spent the afternoon at the beach, but Lake Superior was a little too...

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Jul 11, 2013 - Pictured Rocks

We decided to explore Lake Superior by taking a cruise to see some natural rock formations along the south east coast of the lake. They are known as the Pictured Rocks. It was the right weather to be on the lake today. I guess yesterday the winds were so high that the cruises were all cancelled. The cruise was 3 hours long and we saw some amazing cliffs and rock formations. The minerals in Lake Superior are high, which are reflected in the coloring of the rocks, plus the coloring of the water. At times it felt like we were in the Caribbean...

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Jul 10, 2013 - Lake Superior

We're on the road heading towards Lake Superior. As we entered into the Upper Peninsula (UP, it took us some time to figure out what UP means. It's a common phrase in this part of Michigan), the roads became less crowded and the towns further apart. We drove 3 hours north then west. We caught our first glimpse of Lake Superior in Munising, MI. Wow what a sight! Beautiful sandy beaches, clear blue water and because of the high winds, lots of white caps. We found our way to Gitche Gumee RV Park & Campground, George picked this one. Hmmm, one...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Marquette, Michigan

This was what I call nostalgia week for Mike. His family lived in Marquette for several years, and it is one of his favorite places. The first stop was at the pasty restaurant to eat pasties. We would come here several more times during the week as well as buy a dozen to take with us and share with his mom and sister! We drove by their old house which the new owners had painted black, which Mike and his mom thought was terrible. We drove up Mt Marquette and hiked up Sugarloaf Mountain, both sites of many of Mike's favorite boyhood...

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Jun 18, 2013 - Marquette, Michigan

After having a rough day getting into the USA yesterday, today starts with a beautiful sunrise and a great day. Some breakfast then a drive across the Mackinac bridge, a bridge that is 5 miles in length spanning the Straits of Mackinac as I am getting to the other side I see what looks like a fort so off I go to explore it. It is a rebuilt fort like what was here in the Colonial days a wooden stockade type fort had a great time exploring it, with one on the high lites, the firing of a 6 pound canon, Then it was off exploring the old...

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May 23, 2013 - Fayette to Marquette, MI

Is a sunny morning although it rained all night. Off to Marquette via Munising. The distance is only 100 miles so decided to back track a bit to see some of the south Lake Superior shore. Went west on Hwy 2 to Hwy 41 north and cut over on Hwy 67 and Hwy 94 to Hwy 28. The winds were really gusting and the temperature dropped to 38 degrees! When we stopped in Marquette it was snowing. Yikes! Marquette is the home of Northern Michigan University and iron ore smelting. On the NMU campus is the Superior Dome that opened in 1991 and is the...

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Sep 23, 2012 - Further west on the south shore of Lake Superior

It was a beautiful fall drive along Lake Superior through fall color and rain showers. The colors are still in the beginning stages, therefore no pictures of our journey. The few splashes we saw weren't conducive to picture taking, but in a few days they should be picture worthy. As we neared Marquette on Michigan Highway 28, we approached the Ojibwa Casino, remembering they had RV sites, we pulled in. They have 7 sites with 50amp power, no water or sewer. We chose site 7 and walked up to Guest Services to register for the evening. What a...

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Aug 23, 2012 - Northern Wisconsin & da U.P. Eh

8/16/12 THURSDAY: we camped at Dawson Trail on French Lake near Atikokan. Got a very nice campsite right on the water. Very tempted to go swimming, but the wind was from the North and had quite a chill to it. Settled for wading. 8/17/12 FRIDAY: Stopped just south of Thunder Bay at a cheese store to stock up on some very good homemade cheese. Crossed the border into the U.S. at Grand Portage, MN. We have a souvenir Alaskan license plate on the front of the vehicle amd it confused the border guard. He kept asking questions about where we were...

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Aug 8, 2012 - Champion, Michigan

Well, we are back on the road for an indefinite time. We are starting out our journey, first heading to Wasaga Beach Ontario, to visit with brother Don, Trish and Nicky for a few days. We left Winnipeg at 6:30 am, and headed for the Emerson border. We were held up at the border for about a half hour, as the lane we picked had a motorhome, in which they were scrutinizing. After the border, we made up some time, and were only slowed down about a half hour from our destination, as we hit a huge rain storm. Turkey pulled off the road and asked...

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Jul 11, 2012 - Marquette, Mi

Today we stayed at the Marquette city campground. It was real nice and quiet. We left to go to the store and when we came out there was a heavy downpour so we drove around for a while to avoid having to get the grocerys out of the truck in the rain. Marquette is still on Lake Superior.

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Jun 28, 2012 - Marquette, MI

While camped at Gitchee Gumee we did a couple of quick tours of the town area of Marquette. Somehow, I had assumed that the college in town was Marquette University. Dummy me. That university is in Milwaukee. Of course. Turns out that Northern Michigan University is in Marquette. They actually have a domed football stadium. Nothing fancy like the Dallas Cowboys, but I guess they need it because of all the snow. Marquette has the last of the "Ore Docks" on Lake Superior. Hopefully Kathy will find a good picture of it. This is a huge, very...

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