Scoot-A-Palooza, an annual snowmobile trip


Lakenenland Sculpture Park, east of Marquette

Lakenenland Sculpture Park

Cheryl Renaud, shares her “Pure Michigan Moment,” of how her brother convinced her to enjoy a Michigan snowmobile ride throughout the Upper Peninsula.


It all started with my brother, John, who has had the nickname Scooter for as far back as I can remember. To celebrate his birthday (February 20), all John wanted was for friends and family to get together and go snowmobiling. No cake, no presents, no singing - just snowmobiling in the Munising area. Growing up, our family always took a snowmobile trip around the Higgins Lake area, but eventually we all gave it up as a hobby except my brother.

In 2009, John rented a little log cabin in the Shingleton area and talked six of us into the trip. Even our mom came! Record snow fell that week and conditions couldn't have been better.

In preparation for our second annual trip (February 2010), my brother convinced my husband and I to buy our own snowmobiles instead of renting them. The winter weather didn't cooperate, so there were only four of us, but that didn’t slow us down.

Hot Dog stand along trail

Hotdog stand along trail

We traveled far and wide on our new snowmobiles. On one excursion my brother took us to the little hotdog stand hidden along a trail!  We toured Lakenenland Sculpture Park (wow!). Several times we stopped at Shingleton’s Bear Trap Inn for awesome pasties. To top off our adventure, we rode all the way over to Harvey, near the Ojibwa Casino!

I'm so excited for February 2011 to get here!  I just can't wait to discover more on the third annual birthday snowmobile trip!

This year, Cheryl’s posse includes cousins, friends and family members—12 total. Unfortunately, her mom won’t make the trip due to back problems. The group plans to head to the Munising area, where they’ve rented a log cabin. “With such a big group, I'm sure it's gonna be hectic. Some of the group may ride during the day, others may go out at night, but I'll be doing EVERY ride—I love it that much! It's so beautiful up there!” Cheryl wrote about her “Pure Michigan Moment" for Michigan Travel Ideas.