Here are some of the trip that we have taken in the past. As time permits I will post other trips from past years. Hope you enjoy them.
Drummond Island, Michigan; 2003, 2004 and 2011 -
Drummond Island is positioned one mile off the eastern tip of Michigan´s Upper Peninsula, only 60 miles from the Mackinac Bridge and the largest freshwater island in the United States. Over two-thirds of the island is state land, so there is lots of access to the outdoors. Visitors to the island can arrive by airplane, boat, car or snowmobile (crossing on the auto ferry from DeTour Village). There are many things to see on the Island, the Maxton Plains, wildlife and the shoe tree just to mention a few.
You can visit the site City of Drummond Island - Pure Michigan Travel to learn more about it.
Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; September 2003 and November 2004 -
The Soo Locks have been referred to as one of the great wonders of the world and are still the largest & one of the busiest waterway traffic systems on earth! Watching huge vessels pass through the Locks is a unique experience that cannot be seen anywhere else in the United States! The Locks consist of two canals and four locks that allow vessels of many types/sizes to safely traverse the 21-foot drop in elevation of the St. Mary´s River between Lake Superior and Lakes Michigan and Huron. From viewing decks, you can watch "Lakers" and "Salties" (ocean-going vessels) as they travel the seaway between ports and navigate the rise/drop of the water levels.
You can visit the site Soo Locks - Sault Sainte Marie Historic Sites, Tours - Pure Michigan to learn more about it.
Howell Nature Center, Howell, Michigan; November 11, 2004 -
On site is the beautiful Wild Wonders Wildlife Park. This park is home to over 30 species of Michigan wildlife. These majestic creatures are living in natural habitat enclosures that closely replicate where they would live if free. All being permanently injured, the creatures are given a home in the Wildlife Park where they help teach visitors to appreciate and care for their natural environment.
You can visit the site Howell Conference & Nature Center | - Heal. Grow. Be Wild. to learn more about it.
Sailfest, New London, Connecticut; July 9, 2005 -
SAILFEST is Southeastern Connecticut's premiere summertime event attracting 300,000+ people over a three-day festival. It features three stages of incredible regional and national bands and artists in varying genres of music, as well as the largest fireworks display in the North Eastern US and the second largest on the east coast. Over 100 vendors line the downtown streets amongst the festival madness - which includes tall ships, amusement rides, the Hygienic Outdoor Art Festival Bizarre Bazaar, a 5K Road Race and much, much more.
You can visit the site Sailfest: Sailfest in New London Connecticut CT to learn more about it.
Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, Minnesota; October 5, 2005 -
Minnehaha Falls is located located in Minneapolis Minnesota. The falls is in Minnehaha Park, a large city park on the shores of the Mississippi River. The park includes picnic areas, trails, sculpture and the 53 foot falls. The park is located off of Hiawatha Ave (Route 55). There is a bridge just above the falls, and trails that go down into the gorge on both sides, and another bridge below the falls. The trails continue along the creek. I believe you can follow the trail all the way to the Mississippi, which is less than 1/2 mile away from the falls. There are viewing areas on both sides of the gorge and at the bottom of the gorge. There are warning signs and small fences to deter you from getting closer to the falls, but is obvious that many people do. From the look of it you could get behind the falls.
You can visit the site Minnehaha Falls - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia to learn more about it.
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap, Ishpeming, Michigan; October 9, 2005 -
DA TOURIST TRAP
Da Tourist Trap is one of the seven wonders of Yooperland. It is located on US 41 West of Ishpeming in the heart of Yooperland. The Tourist Trap is the ultimate Yooperland traveler's mecca. It has plenty of parking for autos and RV's, a field for your animals to empty their tanks and sniff around, and something rarely found at rest stops across the U.P. - two flushing bathrooms (most rest stops in the Upper Peninsula feature the non-flushing variety found at most deer camps in the U.P.).
You have to go there to believe this, it has a lot of strange sights, here is the official write up about it that is posted on their site:
DA YOOPERS INNOVATION MUSEUM
Here at the Trap, we have the largest collection of Yooper Innovations in the world. The U.P. seems to have more innovators and inventors then anywhere else on earth., people who have the brain power and vision to create and build something that is
functional and fun to operate.
Up here, a lot of times people are forced because of financial strains to seek other avenues to solve their problems. If you have a business and need a pay loader to move the tons of snow we get but can't afford it, you build one yourself. If you live out on a farm and need an RTV to get around the back 40 but you can't afford it, you build one yourself.
I envy these Yooper Innovators who are so smart and able to build something that works. I ask them where they get their talent to invent and they say it's from the long yooper winters during which there's a lot of time to think, read and dream.
You can visit their site Da Tourist Trap and Museum to learn more about them.
Boat trip on Lake Huron to Lime Island, Michigan; October 10, 2005 -
This little known gem of the north is a great destination for families or those wishing to set a base from which to day trip. The Island was own originally owned by a steamship co. as a refueling stop in the days when steamships could not carry enough fuel to make large ports. It is now controlled by the forest service and is visitor friendly and never crowded.
You can visit the site DNR - Lime Island is an Undiscovered Gem - 8/10/2006 to learn more about it.
San Francisco and tour of the USS Pampanito; January 9, 2006 -
The USS Pampanito (SS-383) is a World War II Balao class Fleet submarine museum and memorial that is open for visitors daily at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf Pier 45. Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during World War II during which she sank six Japanese ships and damaged four others.
You can visit the site Maritime Park Association - USS Pampanito Home Page to learn more about the history of the USS Pampanito.
Old Sacramento, California; January 11, 2006 -
In 1839 John Sutter arrived on the shore of the American River near its confluence with the Sacramento River. With the promise of a Mexican land grant, Sutter and his landing party established Sutter's Fort. As the settlement grew and became permanent, it attracted other businessmen looking for opportunities. Sutter and the people he attracted created a commercial center in the area, but it was the Gold Rush in 1848 that created the City of Sacramento.
You can visit the site Old Sacramento - Official Site of Old Sacramento! to learn more about the history of Old Sacramento.
Washington DC; July 28, 2006
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a national memorial in Washington, D.C. It honors U.S. service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for (Missing In Action) during the War.
You can visit the site Vietnam Veterans Memorial National Memorial (U.S. National Park Service) to learn more about "The Wall"..
Block Island, Rhode Island and The Southeast Lighthouse; August 23, 2006
Block Island is a 7,000 acre island, about seven miles long and three miles across at its widest point, located 12 miles from Long Island and about the same distance from Charlestown, Rhode Island. The island is surrounded by dangerous shoals and ledges, and was sometimes called the "stumbling block" of the New England coast. Dozens of vessels went down near here in the years before the lighthouse authorities decided to build two lighthouses on the island: the North Light in 1829 and the Southeast Light in 1875.
You can visit the site Block Island Southeast Lighthouse History to learn more about the Island and the Lighthouse.
Pipestone National Monument, Pipestone, Minnesota; September 1, 2007
Pipestone National Monument offers an opportunity to explore American Indian culture and the natural resources of the tall grass prairie. Established by Congress in 1937 to protect the historic pipestone quarries, the site is considered sacred by many American Indians. Spanning centuries of use, American Indians continue to quarry pipestone which they carve into sacred pipes.
You can visit the site Pipestone National Monument (U.S. National Park Service) to learn more about Pipestone National Monument.
Cruise to Alaska on the ms Amsterdam; September 7 - 14, 2007
We had the best time ever on the cruise to Alaska. We boarded the ms Amsterdam in Seattle Washington, and headed north toward Alaska. The first 2 days we were at sea. On the Second day there was the formal dinner on the ship along with great entertainment. We arrived in Juneau Alaska on September 9 and went on a Whale watching boat trip followed by a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier. After this we spent some time shopping before boarding the ship. On September 10th we were at sea enroute to Glacier Bay, the ship spent several hours there. The next day we arrived in Sitka Alaska. There we went on a Whale, Otter and Raptor Quest. During the boat tour we saw many Whales, Eagles, Sea Otters and a Brown Bear. Afterward we visited the Alaska Raptor Center and learned about the plight of the American Bald Eagle. After leaving the center we followed a trail back to SItka and of course did some more shopping. On September 12th we were in Ketchikan Alaska where we went on a a tour of the Saxman Native Village followed by The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show and more shopping. September 13 we were at sea until 6pm when we arrived in Victoria British Columbia, Canada and went on a city tour followed by Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress (even though it was almost 8pm). From there we went back to the ship for the last time. The next morning we were back in Seattle, Washington.
Mississippi Headwaters, Itasca State Park Minnesota; September 16, 2007
The Mississippi River begins it's two thousand three hundred and twenty mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico by overflowing the edge of a picturesque little lake in north western Minnesota. The Gulf of Mexico is due south, but the Mississippi, in contrary fashion, embarks on its trek by flowing due north. The first of many indications that this river itself and the history that surround it are, as Mark Twain said, "in all ways remarkable."
You can visit the site Itasca State Park: Minnesota DNR to learn more about the Mississippi head waters and Itasca State Park.
Greensburg, Indiana and Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church; September 2008
The Decatur County Courthouse in Greensburg, Indiana, is known for a tree which grows from the top of the Courthouse Tower, giving Greensburg its nickname of the "Tree City."
There have been one or more trees growing continually since the first tree was noticed in the early 1870’s. Later, other small trees appeared on the clock tower.
County officials were initially concerned that the trees would cause damage to the roof, and a steeplejack was hired in the 1880s to remove some of them. Two trees were left, with one ultimately growing to a height of nearly 15 feet. By the time it died, another tree had appeared.
Today, there are two trees on the tower
You can visit the site Greensburg - Decatur County, Indiana to learn more about the City.
While visiting there was a severe storm which damaged Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church four miles south of Greensburg and severely damaging it when an enormous hickory tree was lifted out of the ground and tossed onto the church. We helped rescue items from the church. It was quite an experience. The Greensburg Daily News story about the church is titled Congregation prays for fate of oldest active church
Whitefish Point, Michigan Lighthouse and Museum; September 27, 2008
Whitefish Point is known as the Graveyard of Ships as more vessels have been lost here than in any other part of the lake. Hundreds of vessels, including the famed Edmund Fitzgerald, lie on the bottom of the bay and the approaches. The lighthouse marks the end of an 80 mile stretch of shoreline known as Lake Superior's Shipwreck Coast. This light has shined onto the big lake unfailingly for almost 150 years except for the night when the Edmund Fitzgerald went down
You can visit the site Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society to learn more about the Museum.
DeTour Village, Michigan; September 27 2008
Pictures from the DeTour Museum and Maritime Park and surrounding area.
You can visit the site DeTourVillage.com to learn more about the City.
Drummond Island Historical Museum; September 30, 2008
The museum emphasizes artifacts of Indians, Finnish farmers, and Yankee settlers from the island's early historical period. Other displays cover the British Fort, the lumber era, marine and sportsman's exhibits, ferry boats, and the island's rich fishing and boating history.
You can visit the site Drummond Island Historical Museum to learn more about the Museum .
Drummond Island, Michigan, The Fossil Ledges; September 13, 2009
If you have a GPS the Fossil Ledges (Salt Water Fossils) is located at N 46°05.726', W 83°36.881', if not go to the site referenced below for directions. You can walk the beach for ¾ to one mile, look at all the broken stones, pick them up and see the many salt water plant and animal fossils. Another great feature is the rock ledges, stair-stepping out into the water. Watch your children and pets: this water drops off to 69 feet.
You can visit the site Drummond Island Fossil Ledges to learn more about it.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum; September 4, 2010
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is an automotive museum on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, which houses the Auto Racing Hall of Fame. It is intrinsically linked to the Indianapolis 500, but it also includes exhibits reflecting other forms of motor sports, passenger cars and general automotive history. In 2006, it celebrated its 50th anniversary. Many Indy 500-winning cars are on display.
You can visit the site Hall of Fame Museum - Indianapolis Motor Speedway to learn more about it.
St. Louis Gateway Arch; September 5, 2010
The Gateway Arch, or Gateway to the West, is an arch that is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri. It was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States. At 630 feet (192 m), it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States, Missouri's tallest accessible building, and the largest architectural structure designed as a weighted or flattened catenary arch. Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, the arch typifies "the pioneer spirit of the men and women who won the West, and those of a latter day to strive on other frontiers." The arch has become the iconic image of St. Louis, appearing in many parts of city culture.
You can visit the site Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (U.S. National Park Service) to learn more about it.
Meramec Caverns; September 6, 2010
The Meramec Caverns is the collective name for a 4.6-mile (7.4 km) cavern system in the Ozarks, near Stanton, Missouri. The caverns were formed from the erosion of large limestone deposits over millions of years. Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts have been found in the caverns. Currently the cavern system is a tourist attraction, with more than fifty billboards along Interstate 44 and is considered one of the primary attractions along former U.S. Highway 66. Meramec Caverns is the most-visited cave in Missouri with some 150,000 visitors annually.
You can visit the site Meramec Cavern - Missouri's Buried Treasure - www.AmericasCave.com to learn more about it.
National Route 66 Museum; September 9, 2010
The National Route 66 Museum uses a road motif to allow visitors to travel through all eight states along Route 66 "The Mother Road". The trip begins in Chicago and ends in California. Murals and different vignettes depict the eras of the road and the interesting places that made Route 66 so famous. As you travel along, you can listen to recorded histories and personal accounts of the road from overhead audio kiosks.
You can visit the site Elk City and the National Route 66 Museum to learn more about it.
Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas; September 9, 2010
Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, U.S. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm, and it consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the birth and death of the defining feature of early Cadillacs; the tail fin) from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
You can visit the site Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas - RoadsideAmerica.com to learn more about it.
Morenci Arizona and the Freeport McMoRan Mine; September 12, 2010
Having worked for Freeport McMoRan for over 20 years I decided that since I was in the Southwest that I should make a trip to the Morenci, Arizona open pit mine. You would think that seeing an open pit mine would not be very interesting but in reality it was actually very interesting. When I am in the area again I will make it a point to go and see it again. Here is some information from their web site.
Did you know? Morenci is one of North America’s largest producer of copper and one of the largest open-pit mines in the world. It is one of the world’s largest producers of copper cathode from SX/EW. Its operations pioneered the use of Global Positioning Satellite system technology and computer-controlled dispatching in its haul trucks, shovels and other heavy equipment.
You can visit the site Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. - Worldwide Operations, Morenci Mine and Processing Facilities to learn more about it.
Meteor Crater; September 13, 2010
Today, Meteor Crater is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. It is an international tourist venue with outdoor observation trails, air conditioned indoor viewing, wide screen movie theater, interactive discovery center, unique gift and rock shop, and Astronaut Memorial Park at the modern Visitor Center located on the crater rim.
You can visit the site Meteor Crater to learn more about it.
Grand Canyon National Park, Mather Point; September 13, 2010
The majority of visitors to the South Rim first gaze over the Grand Canyon at Mather Point; although other places have slightly better views, Mather is the number one choice as it is closest to the entrance station, and a short walk from the visitor center. The viewing area is quite extensive - the point has two narrow, railed overlooks built on projecting rocks, various other view points along the rim in both directions, and to the west, the Rim Trail offers more vistas all the way to the next point.
You can visit the site Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service) to learn more about it.
Hoover Dam; September 14, 2010
Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named in honor of President Herbert Hoover.
You can visit the site Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorado Region - Hoover Dam to learn more about it.
Calico Ghost Town California; September 15, 2010
Calico is a ghost town and former mining town in San Bernardino County, California. Located in the Calico Mountains of the Mojave Desert region of Southern California, it was founded in 1881 as a silver mining town, and today has been converted into a county park. Located off Interstate 15, it lies 3 miles (4.8 km) from Barstow. Giant letters spelling CALICO can be seen on the Calico Peaks behind the ghost town from the freeway. Walter Knott purchased Calico in 1950s architecturally restoring all but the five original buildings to look as they did in 1880s. Calico received State Historical Landmark 782 and in 2005 was proclaimed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be California's Silver Rush Ghost Town.
You can visit the site Calico Ghost Town to learn more about it.
Maritime Museum of San Diego; September 18, 2010
The Maritime Museum of San Diego, established in 1948, preserves one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels in the United States. Located in the San Diego Bay, the centerpiece of the museum's collection is the Star of India, an 1863 iron bark. The museum maintains the MacMullen Library and Research Archives aboard the 1898 ferryboat Berkeley. The Maritime Museum is located on the west side of North Harbor Drive, between the ends of Ash Street and Grape Street, south of San Diego International Airport.
You can visit the site Maritime Museum of San Diego to learn more about it.
Bonneville Salt Flats; October 2, 2011
The Bonneville Salt Flats is a densely-packed salt pan in northwestern Utah that is a remnant of the Pleistocene Lake Bonneville. It is the largest of many salt flats located west of the Great Salt Lake, is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and is known for land speed records at the "Bonneville Speedway". Access is free and and visitors can drive on the flats.
You can visit the site The Bonneville Salt Flats | Utah.com to learn more about it.
Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari; October 5, 2011
The Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari is a drive-through park located in the Omaha area near the town of Ashland, Nebraska. The Park includes scenic prairies and wetlands that feature dozens of native North American animals including bison, elk, cranes and new Wolf Canyon overlook along with tram rides and a visitor center. The park is affiliated with Henry Doorly Zoo, and is located 22 miles west at Nebraska’s I-80 exit 426.
You can visit the site Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari - Omaha's Zoo to learn more about it.
The Freedom Rock; October 5, 2010
Every year, for the last nine years, a talented artist, Ray (Bubba) Sorensen II, has done a Memorial Day tribute to our servicemen and servicewomen, both past and present, with a stirring tableau painted on a large granite boulder which stands next to Highway 25. The huge granite boulder came out of the nearby Schillberg Rock Quarry and it weighs approx. 56 ton (50.8Mg) and is 12 ft (3.7m) high.
You can visit the site The Freedom Rock [Official Website] to learn more about it.
Corn Palace; Mitchell, South Dakota; September 13, 2011
The Corn Palace is a multi-purpose arena/facility located in Mitchell, South Dakota. It is a popular tourist destination, visited by more than 500,000 people each year. The Moorish Revival building is decorated with Crop art; the murals and designs covering the building are made from corn and other grains. It also hosts the home basketball games of Dakota Wesleyan University and the Mitchell High School Kernels.
You can visit the site Corn Palace to learn more about it.
Crazy Hourse Memorial; September 14, 2011
The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument complex that is under construction on privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer County, South Dakota. It represents Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing into the distance. The memorial was commissioned by Lakota elder Henry Standing Bear to be sculpted by Korczak Ziólkowski. It is operated by the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, a private non-profit organization.
You can visit the site Crazy Horse - Black Hills South Dakota to learn more about it.
Mt. Rushmore National Park; September 14, 2011
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres (5.17 km2) and is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level.
You can visit the site Mount Rushmore National Memorial (U.S. National Park Service) to learn more about it.
Crow Buttes, South Dakota; September 15, 2011
The scene of a bizarre Battle between the Crow and Sioux Indians in 1822. After being attacked the Crow fled for a better vantage point atop Crow Butte,but having no water the Sioux waited them out and they all died of thirst. Subsequently the nearby "Canyon of Skulls" to the NW was filled with the skeleton's of Sioux who died like flies after contracting fever from the Crows.
You can visit the site the first scout, bringing you news from the edge of history.: Crow Buttes, A Site of Two Battles to learn more about it.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park; September 15, 2011
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a United States National Park comprising three geographically separated areas of badlands in western North Dakota. The park was named for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, in honor of his achievements in conservation as president and for the landscape's influence on his life. The park covers 110 square miles (285 sq km) of land in three sections: the North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit.
You can visit the site Theodore Roosevelt National Park (U.S. National Park Service) to learn more about it.
Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox, Bemidji, Minnesota; September 18, 2011
Paul Bunyan is a lumberjack figure in North American folklore and tradition. One of the most famous and popular North American folklore heroes, he is usually described as a giant as well as a lumberjack of unusual skill, and is often accompanied in stories by his animal companion, Babe the Blue Ox.
You can visit the site Paul Bunyan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia to learn more about the many locations of Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox.
Cass County Research Center, Museum and Pioneer School; September 21, 2011
One of the largest exhibits of Ojibwe articles in Northern Minnesota will provide history and insight to the original inhabitants of the county. Other exhibits include those on fur trade, lumbering, transportation and the early pioneers. The pioneer Huset School was built in 1912 and is furnished with period furniture. This is a “hands-on” exhibit and provides a country school experience.
You can visit the site Cass County, Minnesota - Museum to learn more about it.
Grand Marais, Minnesota; September 29, 2011
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota. Grand Marais is French for “Great Marsh,” referring to a marsh, which in early fur-trading times was 20 acres (81,000 sq m) or less in area, nearly at the level of Lake Superior, and situated at the head of the little bay and harbor that led to the settlement of the village there. Another small bay on the east, less protected from storms, is separated from the harbor by a slight projecting point and a short beach. In allusion to the two bays, the Ojibwe name for the area is Gichi-biitoobiig which means "great duplicate water," "parallel body of water" or "double body of water" (like a bayou), a reference to the two bays which form the large harbor off Lake Superior.
You can visit the site Visit Grand Marais, Minnesota - Grand Marais Area Tourism Association to learn more about it.
Aguasabon River Gorge near Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada; September 30, 2011
The Aguasabon River is a river in Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada. The river originates at Chorus Lake and empties into Lake Superior near the community of Terrace Bay. The Aguasabon is 70 kilometres (43 mi) in length, and plunges down 30 metres (98 ft) at the Aguasabon Falls. The river follows fractures in the 2.6 billion-year-old bedrock, and the exposed rock is granodiorite.
You can visit the site Aguasabon Falls - Schreiber and Terrace Bay, Ontario, Canada to learn more about it.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Michigan; October 1, 2011
The Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a 46,179-acre state park in the state of Michigan. Bordering on Lake Superior, most of the park is located within Whitefish Township in Chippewa County, with the western section of the park extending into McMillan Township in Luce County. The nearest town of any size is Paradise. Tahquamenon Falls State Park follows the Tahquamenon River as it passes over Tahquamenon Falls and drains into Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior. The Tahquamenon Falls include a single 50-foot drop, the Upper Falls, plus the cascades and rapids collectively called the Lower Falls. During the late-spring runoff, the river drains as much as 50,000 gallons of water per second, making the upper falls the second most voluminous vertical waterfall east of the Mississippi River, after only Niagara Falls.
You can visit the site Tahquamenon Falls State Park Detail to learn more about it.
Crisp Point Lighthouse near Whitefish Point, Michigan; October 2, 2011
Crisp's Point Lighthouse is located on the deserted shore of Lake Superior, just 37 miles north of Newberry, Michigan. Crisp's Point Lighthouse is considered one of the most inaccessible and lonely mainland lighthouses in the Upper Peninsula, yet can be reached by taking a narrow country road through the Lake Superior State Forest. The Crisps Point Lighthouse was built on the edge on what was and still largely is primeval forest. The road is well marked and seems to go on forever but it's well worth the trip. You drive on and on through the forest until you make that final turn and the spectacular tower comes into view above the trees. This is a gravel but well traveled road as many people may now enjoy the lighthouse, a great photographic opportunity for lighthouse lovers.
You can visit the site Crisp Point Light Historical Society to learn more about it.
Mackinac Bridge - Bridgeview Park; October 5, 2011
This beautiful park, created by the Mackinac Bridge Authority, affords a dramatic view up at the Mackinac Bridge and across the Straits to the recreated Fort Michillimackinac. A telescope permits close-up views of bridge details.
You can visit the site Bridgeview Park to learn more about it.