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Lake Michigan Circle Tour Days 6 & 7: Nelis’ Dutch Village / Home

Day 6 was the last hurrah.  We departed Muskegon and spent time in Holland,  the following day we returned home.  The highlight of the two days being our visit to Nelis’ Dutch Village, in Holland.  On our return home we stopped by Bells Brewery and ate at their Eccentric Cafe. Continue reading

What to do in Baraboo? Pewits Nest State Natural Area

A few weeks prior to us visiting Pewits Nest State Natural Area was when we first heard about it.  Seeing one picture had us ready to visit.  A little research only furthered that desire.  Overall the size of the area is pretty small but it is loaded with beauty and fun.  Skillet Creek has carved out a narrow 40 foot gorge in the sandstone, resulting in multiple tiers, small waterfalls, and numerous great swimming spots.  Just outside of Devil’s Lake State Park this small nature area is probably often overlooked but certainly not unknown. Continue reading

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Lake Michigan Circle Tour Day 5: Sleeping Bear Dunes

We covered a lot of ground today, with the main portion of our day being occupied in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  We began the day near Charlevoix at Fisherman’s Island State Park and ended all the way down in Muskegon.  The day had a lot of driving but also a lot of stops. Continue reading

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Lake Michigan Circle Tour Day 4: U.P. to the Mitten

1_GrandSableLakeDay 4 finds us finishing up in the U.P. and making our way into the lower portion of Michigan.  Breakfast consisted of coffee, pop tarts, and muffins.  After our morning pick me up we packed the gear and hit the road.  The drive started with the ever so enjoyable stretch of road between Hurricane River Campground and Grand Sable Falls.  In between the two is Grand Sable Lake, we had to pull over to soak up the scenery and enjoy a banana – even though we weren’t that hungry. Continue reading

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Lake Michigan Circle Tour Day 3: Along Lake Superior

The third day of our trip was easily one of the best, although it was not part of the official Lake Michigan Circle Tour.  We packed up camp at Portage Bay in the morning and headed north towards Lake Superior.  We cruised along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
stopping at all sorts of places.  The weather was perfect and the gorgeous scenery along Lake Superior stunned us along the way. Continue reading

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Lake Michigan Circle Tour Days 1 & 2: Into the U.P.

All of the Great Lakes have a circle tour which takes you around the respective lake.  The trips are loaded with natural beauty, scenic driving, and some great small towns (if not cities).  We spent 7 days going clockwise around Lake Michigan, camping most of the way.  It was our first real experience in the U.P. of Michigan, which offers spectacular nature and scenery. Continue reading

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Devil’s Lake State Park: Rugged Wisconsin Nature

Devil’s Lake State Park is a highly regarded Wisconsin state park.  It is a very unique and interesting park that is conveniently located in south central Wisconsin.  Just a short drive north of Madison it takes about 2 hours to get to from Milwaukee.  The park features bluffs on both sides of the lake that are up to 500 feet high, which is not very common in the state.  Inside the park there are 29 miles of hiking trails, 5 miles of biking trails, and rock climbing [link to map (.pdf)].  Some of Southern Wisconsin’s more adventurous and rugged hiking is available here.

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Milwaukee: Great Lakes Distillery Tour

A while ago Great Lakes Distillery reached out to me through work and offered some complimentary passes to their tour.  It couldn’t have come at a better time because just days before they contacted me I was on their website looking at buying tickets to do a tour!  It was a perfectly timed surprise. Continue reading

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