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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.

« Last Edit: July 29, 2011, 04:16:10 pm by ron.dittmer »
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Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too)
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2011, 01:47:30 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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Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too)
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2011, 04:02:04 pm »
Sounds like a great trip (nice picture too).
Glad you made it without mishap or mechanical issues.
Carry on, regardless..................
"In God we trust" to save our country and bring our troops safely home.

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Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too)
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2011, 04:17:39 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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Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too)
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2011, 05:25:55 pm »
What, no skateboard, surfboard or roller skates?
Carry on, regardless..................
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Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too)
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2011, 08:28:04 am »
Great picture of your PC with the mighty Mac in the back ground.  :)(: 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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Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too)
« 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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Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too)
« 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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Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too)
« 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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Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too)
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2015, 02:37:17 pm »
Thinking about early May

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Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too)
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2016, 10:51:05 pm »
Loose schedule to pick-up from PC my 2351 late September/early October (when it's ready) and if not too late would like to see some sites of lower MI (about 2 wks) to road/camp checkout my PC then, if needed, go back to factory prior to winding my way back to Austin, by Thanksgiving.
I like to walk during the day and would appreciate recommendations of campsites and sites to see in MI (and any that have experienced in western Kentucky and Tennessee, and Arkansas).
Thanks - John

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« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2016, 08:42:41 am »
Hi John,

My first criteria in ranking a campground is the quality of dog walking available.  I have found State Parks to be excellent places to stay because usually they are on large parcels of land, have good roads and often decent trails (though I stick to the roads).  Based on that and the places between Michigan and Austin, depending upon your route, here are some notes on some of the places I've visited that may be along your way (and stars allotted out of 5 possible):

Lower IL:  Ferne Clyffe State Park (5 stars).  Good walks, charming, shady, good sites and facilities.

Western KY:  Columbus Belmont State Park (5 stars).  Great for history buffs.  Overlooks Mississippi River.  Great walks, nice sites and facilities.

"  "  :  Lake Malone State Park (3-4 stars).  Nice enough, very small.  Walks just so-so.  Downgraded mostly because it's so far off the main road, which may not matter to you.

Western TN:  Chickasaw State Park (3 stars).  Great walks but park very old, roads and sites and facilities in disrepair.

NE Arkansas:  Crowley's Ridge State Park (5+ stars).  Great walks, nice sites and facilities.

Eastern Ark:  Village Creek State Park (-4 stars).  Don't remember it much and notes weren't very detailed beyond the -4 stars.

Middle-Western Ark:  Lake Catherine State Park (4+ stars).  Nice walks, sites, and facilities.

"  "  :  DeGray Lake Resort State Park (4+ stars).  Another one where I didn't note the details, just the stars.

You didn't ask about TX and since you live there you probably know more about their parks than I do, but in case you haven't been to these two, I'll mention them since they are among my favorites:

North/East Texas:  Bonham State Park (5 stars).  Great on all counts, but very small so may need reservation if passing through on a weekend.

East Texas:  Caddo Lake State Park (5 stars).  Great on all counts, and absolutely beautiful setting on the bayou.

Happy trails and have fun making all your plans while you wait for the big day!

Carol



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Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too)
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2016, 12:31:41 pm »
Hi Carol,
Thanks for the sites, including Texas.  Starting out, there are just so many options (a good thing).
I have been enjoying your blog, your words and encouragements.
Happy 4th!
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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2016, 05:51:22 pm »
Thanks, John!  And a happy Fourth to you and all the rest of the forum, as well.   :-D

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Re: Trip Around Lake Michigan Shoreline (Some Lake Superior Too)
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2016, 04:37:53 pm »
Ron, I just joined this board and have a ton on questions for everyone.
This post about the UP is of the utmost interest to me as we are planning a similar trip. Leaving St. Louis, MO to the PC plant and then up the western coast of Michigan to the UP. Spending a couple of days there and then off to Pancake Bay Provincial Park, cause we can. Then back to Frankenmuth, MI for a rally and then back home.
Leaving early Sept and up the western coast of MI and then on to the UP, where would recommend to camp? Weekends seems to the be biggest concern.
Bob, our PC, has taken us from campers to Rv'ers and loving it.