Rugged Van Riper State Park

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Pure Michigan

Van Riper State Park

This is absolutely one of my favorite Michigan State Parks. recreation_passport_logo_w_tagIt has a rugged beauty that is beyond compare. It is amazing how beautiful this state is and how much of that land is readily available through the state park system. And I love how it is now only $11 for a Recreation Passport to access all of these gems. Note: this is an affiliated but unsponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Van Riper State Park is located on Lake Michigamme just outside of Champion, Michigan in the northwestern Upper Peninsula about half-way between Marquette and the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

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The Vacation Begins at Cheboygan State Park

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Pure Michigan

The Vacation Begins in Cheboygan

It is that time again. Warmer days are ahead and it is time to plan summer outings and camping trips. Michigan State Parks are taking campsite reservations and sites are filling up fast. The hard part is picking the best places for you with the time you have. I have several favorites that I will try to share with you.

Every summer (and sometimes also winter) I take my annual pilgrimage up north. Usually, we spend almost all of our trip in the Upper Peninsula, but last year we also spent a little time in the northern Lower Peninsula as well.

Our trip started with a night at Cheboygan State recreation_passport_logo_w_tagPark. Of course, we used the Recreation Passport for beautiful, cheap lodging. In fact, it was essentially free since my parents had their camper there already and we joined them for the night. Note: this is an affiliated but unsponsored post. All opinions are my own. Read more

Road Trip to the Tip of the Mitt

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Pure Michigan

Road Trip

It is summer, so it is time for travel at any available opportunity. I had an unexpected three-day weekend, so we opted for an impromptu road trip.

In the 60’s my dad was in the Coast Guard and he was stationed at a couple lighthouses in the Great Lakes. One was New Presque Isle near Rogers City. My husband hadn’t seen it yet, so it seemed like the perfect excuse for a trip. Read more

The first real taste of spring

The first real taste of spring

Today it is finally starting to feel like spring. They are predicting a balmy 40 degrees all week and the sun is out. I can’t even remember how long it has been since we have seen this much sun.

Those who aren’t from Michigan (or other similar climates) probably cannot understand quite the relief of getting out after months stuck inside with artificial light and stale air, but it is such a relief to be freed from it, even temporarily. Read more