Trip Around the Mitten

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Dawn LaVigne shares her “Pure Michigan Moment,” a two-week road trip and camping excursion along the shore of Michigan last summer.

Last summer, we drove the entire shore of Michigan. Our two-week camping trip began on the west side of the state. From there, we drove north and east, into the Upper Peninsula and then back down into the Lower Peninsula and along Lake Huron. It was two weeks of water, sand, forests, blue skies, sunshine, history and family fun!

Tahquamenon Falls

We explored so many wonderful places, I’ll just share some of the highlights:

  • Kitch-iti-kipi or Big Spring in Palms Book State Park, just west of Manistique, is Michigan’s largest spring. The spring is crystal-clear emerald hue, which allows you to see the bottom (more than 40 feet down!).
  • Roadside parks along US-2 allowed for stretching and exercise along the shore.

Whitefish Point

The Mighty Mac

  • Along the shores of Lake Huron in Rogers City is Michigan’s little known world record: The World’s Largest Limestone Quarry! The boys were fascinated and dubbed it Michigan’s Mini Grand Canyon!

Re-enactment at Fort Michilimackinac

There were so many other fantastic spots and activities on our Trip Around the Mitten; it’s so hard to choose just a few. We are through and through a true Michigander family!

Dawn, from Grand Rapids, wrote about her “Pure Michigan Moment” for Michigan Travel Ideas. This month, Dawn’s family will be returning to the Tawas Bay area to visit family and enjoy beautiful Lake Huron. “We love Oscoda Beach – they have a fabulous board walk and a nice clean sandy beach. The perfect summer stroll can also be found at the East Tawas Marina and their Newman Street shops, such a quaint small town experience.”

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  • Noel Hurlburt

    Having been born and raised in Flint, I had the good fortune to travel Michigan extensively as a kid and as an adult. The lay of the land, the seasons, the differences in such a small area it seems are stunning. Canyon Falls a favorite, the Au Sable River, Sugar Island. The Porc’s and Lake of the louds,Copper Harbor.
    Now, I live in FL., a stunning place in it’s own right but, man, I MISS MICHIGAN.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dawn-Anderson-LaVigne/100000663502943 Dawn Anderson LaVigne

    Thanks for your comment, Noel. I’ve often thought that if I ever had to live in another state I too would miss Michigan terribly. Hopefully you get to come back often & visit!