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Offline DPatton

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Stephanie, Jesse, and I have planned a 10 day trip to see some of the Great Lakes and Michiganís Upper Peninsula before Jesse has to start school again in August. Below is our general route and we have reserved RV sites along the way. However we are looking for ideas and suggestion of things to see and do along our route. Those of you in the know please feel free to chime in with suggestions of what to see and what to skip along the way.

   For our first leg of the journey we will be heading out to the famed Forestry Forum Pig Roast with our 36í fifth wheel camper in tow. As this will be our first time attending the roast we are looking forward to finally putting some faces to to the many names of the forums members and friends. We plan to spend a couple of days in and around Harrison for the roast before we head north toward Mackiaw City.

 At Mackinaw City we have a RV site at the Mackinaw Mill on the shore of Lake Huron where we plan to spend a couple days touring the Mill and taking a day trip to Mackinac Island. We have never been through this part of the country before so it will all be a new adventure to us.

 From there we will head north across the Mackinac Bridge ( I hear crossing the bridge can be an event in itself with a high profile vehicle) then westward to a campground that situates us about halfway between Munising Michigan on the southeast shore of Lake Superior and Manistique Michigan on the northern shore of Lake Michigan. While at this location we are planning to do some canoeing and fishing. We are also planning to visit a lighthouse or two and take an evening shoreline cruse out of Munising to view some of the Pictured Rock National Lakeshore. If time allows we will also try to see the Tahquamenon Falls and the Kitch-iti-kiti Springs during our stay in this area. White water rafting is also an option but we havenít officially made a reservation to do so just yet.
As I said earlier we have never traveled this area before and we really donít know what to expect of the roads. Pulling a 36í fifth wheel can be less than enjoyable if the roads are not up to par. If you are familiar with the roadways in this area your input is greatly appreciated.

 Our final days will be traveling southwest along the northwestern shore of Lake Michigan taking us through Green Bay Wisconsin then angling more westward to a state campground along the east shore of the Mississippi River in far southwest Wisconsin before returning home to Nebraska. 

Thatís our plan and as I said we look foreword to hearing your ideas and suggestions as well as road condition advise along the way.

Thanks for reading,
DPatton


 
 

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Re: Taking the fifth wheel around Michiganís upper peninsula
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2018, 11:51:24 AM »
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Never been that far north in the US (other than Niagara Falls) and look forward to pictures of your adventure!  Take it slow, be safe and most of all, have fun! :)
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Re: Taking the fifth wheel around Michiganís upper peninsula
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2018, 02:55:41 PM »
I would consider a side trip to Sault Ste. Marie and watch a ship go through the "Soo" locks.

Also eat a Pastie while you are in Mackinaw City.
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Re: Taking the fifth wheel around Michiganís upper peninsula
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2018, 09:18:46 PM »
Magic,

The Soo Locks are definitely on our radar while we are staying in the Mackinaw City area. Or maybe the morning we leave Mackainaw City weíll make a side trip there before heading west to our next  campground. Thanks for the input. I look forward to an opportunity to meet you at the Pig Roast.
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Re: Taking the fifth wheel around Michiganís upper peninsula
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2018, 11:11:24 PM »
If you visit Tahquamenon Falls you will be near Paradise, MI and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Society Museum at Whitefish Point. That's worth a visit. The Iroquois Point Lighthouse is also on the way if you take the route through Brimley, MI  after visiting the Soo locks.

When in Munising, MI and have the time, the glass bottom boat ride out around Grand Island to view the shipwrecks may be of interest. A lot of information on the area will be available right there at the Park Service/US Forest Service Visitor Center there on the corner in Munising.

I'll be at the Pig Roast and can give you additional info. All main roads are good with the usual construction zones active this time of year.
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Re: Taking the fifth wheel around Michiganís upper peninsula
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2018, 08:17:41 PM »
Thanks Ron. Thatís great information. I was feeling a bit unsure about the types of roads to expect, you have helped put my mind at ease. FF member Furby sent me an awesome pm with a link to the ďUltimate road trip across Michiganís Upper PeninsulaĒ this was a great read full of good information too. Thanks to both of you and I sure am looking forward to meeting you both at the roast!


The ultimate road trip across Michigan's Upper Peninsula | MLive.com
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Re: Taking the fifth wheel around Michiganís upper peninsula
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2018, 09:11:09 PM »
Could you please post that awesome link. as we would like to do the same trip.    Lazerdan

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Re: Taking the fifth wheel around Michiganís upper peninsula
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2018, 09:39:38 PM »
Could you please post that awesome link. as we would like to do the same trip.    Lazerdan
I sent you a pm with the information.
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2018, 07:20:26 AM »
Thank you    Lazerdan

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Re: Taking the fifth wheel around Michiganís upper peninsula
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2018, 07:45:06 AM »
We did that trip two summers ago. Was a great vacation! Mackinanc Island was too crowded for my liking, but the bike trek the whole way around it is fun and beautiful.

The scenery around the lakes it to behold! The water is CRYSTAL clear. I was regretful that I didn't do a dive or two while there. 

Gorgeous sunsets and clear night skies await. I took lots of pics, but these two represent well.






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Re: Taking the fifth wheel around Michiganís upper peninsula
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2018, 01:40:55 PM »

DPatton,
Would you please forward me a copy of the "awesome link" with the UP information? I would really appreciate it.  If you would PM it that would work.  See you at the pig roast.

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Re: Taking the fifth wheel around Michiganís upper peninsula
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2018, 10:22:32 PM »
PA- those photos are amazing. Weíll take plenty of photos but I can assure you none will be of that quality. My wife and son have likely never experienced a night sky like that. I genuinely hope to get a view of the northern lights while we are there as well. I have experienced them many times fishing in Canada but neither of them have.
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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2018, 07:49:26 AM »

Well we made it to our first campground in Michigan (Wilson State Park) with our Fifthwheel in tow. 

 After setting up the camper we spent a little time at Jeff and Tammyís place last evening. Although we were late for supper there was still plenty of food to eat and we were well fed. Steph and I really enjoyed meeting many new people at the party. I even got to enjoy some boiled peanuts with Magic ,WDH, Peter and numerous other members of the forum.

Jesse has been out fishing this morning and we are getting ready to head over to Jeffís for biscuits and gravy breakfast and spend some more time meeting the many guests and maybe even tell a few stories in the process.

Below is a pic of our camper with Jesse having just returned from fishing. That 6 liter Chevy was worked hard yesterday, but did a admirable job getting us here so long as you keep her fed.



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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2018, 08:11:50 PM »
On Sunday we moved to our next camping spot at the Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground. We were right on the shoreline of Lake Huron with a view of  Mackinac Island and the Mackinac Bridge.

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We made a side trip to Soo Locks and watched the ERIE TRADER a 780í x 78í freighter pass thru the locks into Lake Superior. We also watched a tug pass going into Superior as well.

Monday we made the trip to Mackinac Island on a Ferry and enjoyed a tour of the town and the State Park via multiple horse drawn carriages. Although you can do the Island by bike or afoot we thought the horse carriage was the way to go for us and were pleased with our decision. The photo below is just across from the ferry harbor landing on the island. 



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Jesse and I really enjoyed wading and swimming in the lake and he was amazed by the water clarity and watching the many ferryís and freighters pass. 
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Re: Taking the fifth wheel around Michiganís upper peninsula
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2018, 08:30:28 PM »
I'm having a flashback!
My daughter and I did that the first week of July and it was a blast. Of course it's only a couple hour trip for us, and we do it every year (she never tires of the "Soo", which Michiganders call Sault Ste. Marie)
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« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2018, 10:30:18 PM »
Tuesday we headed north across the bridge into Yooper Land again. We got a pasty at Leithoís before stopping and getting our toes wet on one of the sandy beaches on the north shore of Lake Michigan. 





Our camp for the next three days was located in Germfask at Northland Outfitters. We arrived there in plenty of time for Jesse and I to take a three hour kayak trip on the Manistque River. This was a great time and only Jesse and my second time ever in kayaks. We enjoyed our afternoon on the river immensely. 

Wednesday we visited Tahquamanon Falls. We viewed the falls and hiked some of the trails in the process. 



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We then drove down to the mouth of the Tahquamanon River where it empties into Lake Superior and Jesse made a few casts into the river Hoping for a big catch but it wasnít happening. 
We soon pointed the Chevy west and hot footed it to Munising where we took a Lake Superior shipwreck tour on a glass bottom boat called the Miss Munising. Below is a shot of the stern of the Bermuda in her final resting place just off the south shore of Grand Island.



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We had ourselves fish dinner in Munising then topped the drive back to camp off with a trip through the Seney Wilderness Refuge. 



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« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2018, 05:09:47 AM »
Thanks for the tour!!
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Re: Taking the fifth wheel around Michiganís upper peninsula
« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2018, 07:04:08 AM »
Yes, I am enjoying your travels.
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Re: Taking the fifth wheel around Michiganís upper peninsula
« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2018, 07:46:33 AM »
Thanks for taking us along Doug.  sail_smiley
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« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2018, 09:13:55 AM »
Very nice indeed.  How is the 5th wheel pulling on the bridges?


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