Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Michigan: Road Trip

While we were in Michigan we borrowed Mark's brother Glen's motor home and we took a four day trip to visit the beaches of Lake Superior and to check out the fall colors on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We drove 1050 miles in four days. We had a lot of great adventures, but we needed a lot more time to do all that we wanted. What we did fit in was:

Fossil Hunting at Sturgeon Point on Lake Huron
We found a lot of fossils, but nothing exceptional.

Fossil Hunting at Partridge Point on Lake Huron
The fossils here weren't that great.

Rock Hunting at the mouth of Gratiot River on Lake Superior
 It was a gorgeous fall day in a beautiful place.
 The rocks were awesome. 

Mineral Hunting on a Tailing Pile from Mohawk Mine
Not the best tailing pile on the Keweenaw Peninsula, but it was easy to find and a relatively safe place for novice rockhounds like ourselves.

Rock Hunting at Lighthouse Point Viewing in Copper Harbor
It was raining. We didn't stay long or take many photos.

Hugging a White Pine at Estivant Wilderness Nature Sanctuary
We were hunting for a mine tailing pile and found this place instead.

The Mackinac Bridge
It is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere. 
(Five miles of bridge, 8600 feet of suspension.)

 Hunting for Petoskey Stones on Lake Michigan
Terri's cousin Cathy took us to her favorite beach and showed us what to look for.

Visiting a Water Park
The trio LOVED the water park. It had six impressive water slides.

Admiring the Fall Colors
We were on the peninsula during peak colors, but it wasn't the best year leafwise.

These were most of the highlights of our quick trip north. In addition we visited three rock stores and The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum (future blog post). The children loved traveling by RV. They spent their time on the road reading on their Kindles or playing (mostly Minecraft) on their iPads. It was a lot of driving for the short time we were there, but it was fun to revisit the Keweenaw Peninsula where Mark and I went to college and met each other.

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