Pure Michigan Facebook Fan Photos June 2014

Summer is officially here in Pure Michigan! Our fans have been out and about enjoying the warmer weather with boat rides, kayak trips, winery tours, golf outings and more! Here’s a look back at some of our favorite photos from June. For more fan photos, be sure to check out our Pure Michigan Flickr page, or follow us @PureMichigan on Instagram.

The Mighty Mackinac Bridge with calm waters below. Photo by Facebook fan Gary Ennis.

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A great shot of the Northern Lights in Michigan. Photo from Facebook fan Jeremy Rows.

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A magical sun setting over Houghton Lake, MI. Photo by Facebook fan Loose Canon Photography.

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A vibrant purple flower blooms in Holland, MI. Photo by Facebook fan Jessica Jackson.

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A peaceful sunset behind the grapevines in Caseville, MI. Photo by Facebook fan Jason McIver Photography.

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All the shades of blue make us want to go kayak on Madron Lake. Photo by Facebook fan Deb Whitfield.

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We would love to sit back and enjoy this view in Northport, MI. Photo by Facebook fan Bradi Metcalf.

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This dock in Burt Lake, MI looks like the perfect place to sit back, go fishing, and relax. Photo by Facebook fan Constance Durst Dobson.

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A beautiful shot of the perfect day at the Bear Golf Course in Acme, MI. Photo by Facebook fan Little Ways Photography.

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We love looking at all of beautiful rocks and shells that wash up on shore in Traverse City, MI. Photo by Facebook fan Morgan Kantola.

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Which photo from June 2014 is your favorite? Be sure to share your favorite summer photos with us on Facebook and Instagram! 

Five Incredible Instagram Photos from Our Fans in June 2014

We might be biased, but of all 50 states, we think Michigan is the most photogenic. No matter where you are in the mitten, you’re sure to find a beautiful setting sun, white-capped waves, or vibrant blooming flowers. This June, our Pure Michigan Instagram community ventured outdoors to find some captivating Pure Michigan moments. From blue skies to kayak rides, here are just a few of our favorites from June. 

For more fan photos, check out our March, April and May roundups and follow us on Instagram

A stretch of beautiful unspoiled nature at Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains captured by @brob40. What a perfect view! 10375647_239190046292110_620682336_n

A swirl of beautiful pastel colors light up the sky as the sun goes down over Ann Arbor. Photo by Instagram user @klc_ina2.AnnArbor_klc_in_a2

Bright stars speckle the dark sky over Duck Lake in Muskegon. Photo by Instagram user @skeetownjay.DuckLake_Skeettownjay

No matter the temperature, Pictured Rocks will always take your breath away! Photo by Instagram user @amateer14.PicturedRocks_amateer14

 A glowing sun dips below the Lake Michigan horizon on a tranquil evening in Leelanau County. Photo by Instagram user @john_a_gessner.John_a_gessner

Have you captured a fantastic Pure Michigan photo recently?

If you’re on Instagram, follow us @puremichigan! If you’d like us to share your photos from across the state, please tag them with #PureMichigan to give us permission to “re-gram.”

Five Great Lakes in 24 Hours

Kathryn Kinville and Shelby Kear are two proud Michiganders who met in college. They recently took on the challenge of conquering all five Great Lakes in one day. Today, Kathryn shares their adventure on our blog.

Shelby Kear and I have been friends since 2003 when we met our freshman year at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids.  Shelby is from Petoskey and I am from Northville, and we are both proud to be called Michiganders!  When Shelby saw someone wearing a t-shirt that said, “I swam in all five great lakes in one day,” we knew what we had to do – a great adventure to all the Great Lakes.  And what a perfect day: 5-24-2012, 5 great lakes in 24 hours!

The Chevy Equinox was packed with beach towels, swimsuits, and a cooler full of Guernsey Farm Dairy Chocolate Milk and water.  Waking up at 5:45 a.m., we grabbed a quick breakfast, brushed our teeth, and put on our swimsuits.  By 6:15, we were at stop number one – beautiful Lake Michigan.  Let’s just say there was no need for coffee; the chilly water woke us right up!  

Stop number two was Lake Superior at 8:30 a.m. in Sault Ste. Marie.  The water was low so we had far to walk until the water was deep enough to swim.  By that time our toes were popsicles, but we still managed to go under water and swim around.  It was a beautiful morning, but we couldn’t stay long, as we still had three more lakes to swim in that day.

The longest drive of the trip was from Sault Ste. Marie to Sarnia, Ontario.  We made one stop to get gas, ate our turkey sandwich lunches in the car, and cruised right along.  After 5.5 hours we were ready to get out of the car and there was no hesitation getting into the water at Lake Huron.  It was 2:30 p.m. and the water felt refreshing!  It was a hot day and there were many people at the park. It was a perfect beach day, but we couldn’t stay.  We had places to go and more lakes to swim in. 

By 6:00 p.m. we had arrived at Hamilton, Ontario, just in time for rush hour traffic.  After a couple of “navigational corrections,” we finally found the lake front to swim in Lake Ontario.  It had already been 12 hours and we had been to so many amazing places. 

The sun was setting over Lake Erie at Port Stanley, Ontario at 9:00 p.m. It was beautiful!  The water was rejuvenating.  We were overjoyed by what we had just accomplished!  Something any Michigander would be proud of!

Two friends, 15 hours of driving, 882 miles, swimming in all five Great Lakes in one day!  Mission Complete!

Along the way there were a few things we learned and some advice we want to share:

  1. Bring a waterproof camera.
  2. Remember cell phones (and GPS on cell phones) do not work in Canada.
  3. The advice my dad gave me, “Don’t be shy about it.  Don’t think how cold the water is, just get in.”
  4. Remember your passport.
  5. Enjoy every minute of the trip!

Have you ever thought about taking an adventure like Kathryn and Shelby? For fun information on the Great Lakes, ideas for Michigan road trips and more, visit michigan.org.