Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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We have visited many dunes areas: from Cape Cod and the Indiana and Michigan dunes, to the desserts of Northern Africa and the Middle East. However, we never got a complete explanation of how dunes were created and how they evolve. That changed when we stopped at the Indiana Dunes. We explored a small segment [Read more …]

Saugatuck and Douglas Michigan

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Saugatuck Michigan Saugatuck Michigan is a small, neighboring resort town scenically sited on a harbor off Lake Michigan. It is the center of what is called the Art Coast. While the town is supposed to be the center for many of the area’s galleries, we found that clothing stores outnumbered galleries by about 10:1 and [Read more …]

Holland Michigan

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Holland Michigan is pretty little town. It has a  number of mid-to-late, 19th-century Victorian buildings in the city’s downtown and Washington Boulevard neighborhoods and Dutch-influenced buildings on the Hope College campus. Centennial Park, meanwhile, is currently building a tribute to part-time inhabitant Frank Baum, who wrote the Wizard of Oz. The [Read more …]

Garden Michigan

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Continuing our trip on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we made a stop in the tiny, roughly 200-person town; a visit to Fayette Historic State Park in Garden Michigan. Fayette Historic State Park The Fayette Historic State Park is a former factory surrounding Snail Shell Harbor and contains over 20 historic buildings. Jackson Iron Company built it [Read more …]

Michigan City Indiana

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The primary goal of our visit to Michigan City was to reacquaint ourselves with the beauty of the Indiana Dunes. We discovered that the Michigan City area offered more to do than we expected. Michigan City Art and History We found ourselves exploring the city’s Uptown Arts District on the first Friday evening of the [Read more …]

Grand Rapids Michigan

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We had two primary reasons for spending a day in Grand Rapids—the Gerald R. Ford Museum and the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This left us just enough time to explore an additional, optional stop for a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer May House. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum The museum took us [Read more …]

Traverse City and Baldwin Michigan

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Traverse City Michigan We only made a quick stop in Traverse City Michigan for lunch. We took  quick tour but can’t say much about the city. But  can talk about our lunch at Harrington’s By the Bay. The meal was fast and very good . We had meal sautéed [Read more …]

Mackinaw Island Michigan

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Mackinaw island was first Europeanized in 1670, when a French Jesuit priest, Father Marquette, opened the first, albeit temporary mission. By 1781, the British took control and established a trading base. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, Fort Mackinac, a military fort was the subject of the first land battle of the War of [Read more …]

Mackinaw City Michigan

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Mackinaw Bridge Our next stop in Michigan was Mackinaw Island. But first we had to cross the Mackinaw Bridge that links the upper and lower Michigan peninsulas and go through Mackinaw City. The bridge, which at 8,614 feet, is the third longest suspension bridge in the world. It will sway up to 35 feet from [Read more …]

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) is a section of the state located north of Wisconsin and sandwiched between the beautiful coastlines of Lake Michigan (to the south) and Lake Superior (to the North). While originally a site for trapping and lumber, and by the 19th century, especially mining iron and copper, it now primarily serves as [Read more …]