Archive for the 'Mitten State' Category

CraneFest

Imagine hundreds of raucous, tall birds in a single location–overhead, or at “rest” in the swamp.

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Gate

This gate, on Bunker Highway north of Eaton Rapids, blocks access to the remnant right-of-way of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway (aka New York Central) branch that ran between Jonesville and North Lansing. It’s across the road from the factory/warehouse complex that was built by the Michigan Peat Company in, I think, 1904.

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Empire Bluff

There’s a fairly short trail on the top of the bluff, running from a parking lot atop the hill to a boardwalk along the dune’s face. It’s an excellent, though somewhat hilly, walk through old orchards, leading to a fine view of Lake Michigan and the neighboring dunes and beaches.

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The Sun Rises Over Lake Huron

Sunrise is not the main reason we stay on the waterfront in Saint Ignace, but it’s one of the reasons.

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Cooley Bridge

In 1965 and 1966 I spent most of August in Wellston, at Northwoods Cabins, with the Loy Norrix High School Cross Country team. We ran.

Sometimes we ran to this bridge.

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Stump

The park’s famous for its tall pines, one last stand saved from the loggers by the daughter of a logger to honor her late husband. When I was a kid the stand featured The Monarch, Michigan’s tallest tree. The Monarch’s died, but the remaining trees are still impressive.

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Sturgeon Point Light

We visit and vacation on Lake Huron all the time. But both Cheboygan and Saint Ignace are on the Straits, and Port Huron’s actually south of the Lake–that leaves a lot of Michigan’s sunrise coast we’d never seen. So last year we decided to try somewhere between.

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The Upper Falls

In 2003 we were camped at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The campgrounds are downstream, near the Lower Falls. We spent much of the vacation away from the river, exploring parts of the park most people don’t notice.

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Old Reliable

A year ago–a dull grey day, as you can see–we decided to leave our Fort Wilkins campsite and visit the mine. It was an interesting visit, and we got some good photographs. Definitely worth the trip.

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Stockade

The Army briefly reopened the post after the Civil War, evidently just because they needed a place for soldiers to finish out their terms. The Army’s like that.

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