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« on: July 29, 2011, 02:37:09 pm »

We spent 2 weeks traveling around Lake Michigan's shoreline in June and July this year.  We decided on this trip to significantly reduce miles to lower our fuel cost, compared to our cross-country trips from the Chicago area.  We never did this before, so it was a new experience for us.  We found MI state parks to be our favorite places to camp at, though we spent most of our daytime elsewhere.  We enjoyed light houses, golf, sight-seeing shorelines, and quiant shore-side towns.  We spent a little time in Traverse City during the Independance Day weekend for their Cherry Festival.  It was a much slower paced trip than we are accustom to which was also nice.  We did jump around in the Upper Penninsula to Lake Superior shores (light houses, Sault Ste Marie locks, Tahquamenon Falls )  We finished up at Pictured Rock National Lake Shore, then spent the last day from there heading back home to the Chicago area, via Wisconsin.

We pulled the Jeep on this trip and was very happy we did.  I think we put more miles on the Jeep than on the PC, and the Jeep's 4x4 capability came in handy one day in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore.

I stumbled on this "Adventure Anywhere" picture opportunity in the rest area just north of Mackinac Bridge.  Taking the Jeep during the day, there were very few opportunities for pics of the PC with scenery.  One of these days, I'll have to update my Flickr site to post trip pics.

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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2011, 02:47:30 pm »

Sounds like a fun trip Ron. 

Although we too slowed down somewhat on our Hood River trip in July, we need to rachet it down even more & take in the areas we are traveling through. 

Thanks for sharing the pictures.
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2011, 05:02:04 pm »

Sounds like a great trip (nice picture too).
Glad you made it without mishap or mechanical issues.
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2011, 05:17:39 pm »

Glad you made it without mishap or mechanical issues.
The only mechanical issue was getting a blowout on my bicycle, north of Traverse City on a paved bike path.  Yes we took the bikes along too, on the back of the Jeep.
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2011, 06:25:55 pm »

What, no skateboard, surfboard or roller skates?
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2011, 09:28:04 am »

Great picture of your PC with the mighty Mac in the back ground.  Cheers Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Let us know if you post more of your pictures and on which site.
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2015, 09:00:18 am »

We are interested in taking a trip in the MI area.   If we went by Phoenix first, how would we head off next? 
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2015, 11:33:10 am »

It doesn't matter which way you go, but  either way Chicago could be a problem.
Would plan to hit there outside the rush hour.
If you have time, include a trip around the U.P. and into the copper country.
Should you try some of the south shore of Lake Superior, feel free to stop in.
We have 30 amp, water, & Lake view.
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2015, 12:56:37 pm »

From our experience, Lake Michigan shores is a lot about maritime history with light houses and sand dunes.  If you want to travel around Lake Michigan counter-clockwise from the Phoenix factory, I would recommend heading west on I-80 for about 20 miles, then head north on US-31.  When you hit Lake Michigan, just follow it along to the north, then east to the Mackinac bridge, then west from there along Lake Superior.  But I surely do NOT recommend doing this in winter for lake-effect snow will be a serious problem.  I highly recommend avoiding the entire region in winter.

When were you planning such a trip?
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2015, 02:37:17 pm »

Thinking about early May
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