Pure Michigan

Those Michigan advertisements were not exaggerating when they said Michigan was pure!! Every view is stunning. A true hidden gem in the Midwest. I cannot believe these amazing sights are in Indiana’s (my home state) backyard!

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

We first stayed in Grand Rapids and visited Matt’s old buddies. Then, headed along the west coast of Michigan and drove through small adorable cities. We also stopped at Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City, and Mackinac Island. My two former patients live and work on Mackinac Island for half the year, and they always invited me to visit them. Finally, I was able to! It was great to see them and get a local perspective of the island.

Mackinac Island (No cars are allowed on the island!)

Eventually, we headed up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where the scenery is lush and remote. We camped in two state parks: Tahquamenon Falls and Lake Gogebic. We went on one hike in Porcupine Mountains Wildness State Park. At the trail head, when we realized we forgot to bring insect repellent, we looked at one another and shrugged nonchalantly. We confidently reassured ourselves it wouldn’t be a big deal. We then hiked to Mirror Lake where the mosquitoes rallied together and almost ate us alive. So, folks, always wear your bug spray on hikes especially in Michigan where the whole state is surrounded by water.

Tahquamenon State Park – Lower Falls
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Mirror Lake ( I probably had a swarm of mosquitos biting my neck as I took this)
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Finishing up our hike

Initially, we were very ambitious by only staying at campsites for one night, then packing up and traveling again. This was working well until we hit a wall and exhaustion set it. As you can predict, exhaustion plus travel is the fastest way for any couple to begin to bicker. We now have a new rule that we must stay at a campsite for a minimum of two nights. Currently, we are staying our third night on Lake Gogebic and it’s been great! Looking forward to getting a fresh start tomorrow and head to Minneapolis to visit some family.

View from our campsite on Lake Gogebic
Lake Gogebic State Park

Published by TheHungryCamper

Traveling the US with my husband in an RV in hopes of finding a place to put down our roots. I'm completely new to RVing so join me as I learn to cook in the elements and out of my comfort zone. Some hot messes are likely, but also delicious food too. I'll also be sharing stories about our travel experiences beyond cooking.

4 thoughts on “Pure Michigan

  1. Kelsey & Matt-It is wonderful to be able to keep up with your adventures through this blog! You are having an eye feast so far-great photos!!!! Longer stays for less bickering sounds like a wise decision!!! xo, Maggie

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